Fashion (My Style) · OOTD · Shopping · Wardrobe Remix

[A Lesson Learned about Style] "The Real Me (Part Deux)"

Top – Old Navy Vintage-Style V-Neck Tee (can’t seem to find the gray and black striped one anymore); Jacket – J. Crew Factory Riptop Utility Jacket (similar); Jeans – (from Levi’s Outlet Store) Modern Demi Curve Skinny Jeans; Shoes – (c/o DSW) White Mountain Slammin’ Western Booties; Necklace – gift from InChul (Nicaragua Mission Trip)

Back in August, I wrote a blog post about what I considered “the real me“. Since that post, this particular clothing combination has reappeared in several other outfit posts.  What can I say – my style is my style…and apparently “my style” seems to gravitate towards this utility jacket, jeans, and a t-shirt (though I have replace my Vans sneakers with boots in honor of the fall season).

This takes me back to my original purpose for posting these outfits on my blog (remember this post?).  My primary goal for posting these photos was to document my progress in discovering what my signature style is.  With every post, I would realize not only what I like and dislike when it comes to outfits.  I would realize who I was and how that would translate into what I decided to wear on any given day.

And that, my dear readers, is what I discovered determines one’s style.  

Style isn’t defined by the latest trends or fashion magazines (though I’m sure you can get plenty of new ideas from them to allow your style to evolve from season to season, year to year).  Your style begins with YOU!  It begins with the discovery of YOU!  And once you discover who you are, you can begin embarking on the journey of translating that discovery into your very own style.

This doesn’t mean I don’t like to experiment with clothes and try new things (both with pieces I already have and new pieces I fall in love with in stores from time to time).  And it doesn’t mean I don’t look to magazines, TV shows, or websites to find inspiration and ideas (my Pinterest is overflowing with outfits I would love to copy or re-work into a creation of my own).  There’s nothing wrong with switching it up – after all, different life situations calls for me to show different facets of myself (professional, formal, girly, etc).  But in the end, “a southern girl with the Levi’s on and an open heart” is just who I am right now…and probably will be for years to come.

Moral of the Story…
Style begins with who you are…not what is in the magazines, 
on the runways, or even in your closet.  Discover who you are
and allow your wardrobe to reflect it.

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