I am under no illusion that I’ve got my style figured out for life. I’m sure I will look back upon some current fashion choices and wonder what I was thinking, but style evolves as we grow and that’s a good thing.
There’s a reason why we eventually stop perusing the scattered messy racks of stores targeted toward college students; and I was fly in college, so live it up and wear those short shorts while you still can! One day you may wake up decide that you just don’t want to anymore. To that end, now in my early thirties, I have more confidence than ever and I take on looks that I never would have dared in my earlier years.
These are the top 10 things I’ve learned
1. One great pair of shoes is a better investment than an abundance of cheap shoes.
Hubs used to complain about the boots I had which seemed to collect scratches in the cheap faux leather.
2. 2. Just because everyone else is doing it, doesn’t mean you have to. I jump on trends when I really feel them like the recent romper craze.
I jump on trends when I really feel them like the recent romper craze. I’ve loved jumpsuits and rompers since seventh grade, but I never had the courage.
3. Just because no one is doing it, doesn’t mean you can’t.
In middle school, I had these amazing black patent leather running shoes and kids made fun of me for wearing them; the called them my “Michael Jackson Shoes.” Excuse me, Michael Jackson was awesome and so were my shoes. I rocked those beauties until I wore them out. It now no longer fazes me to set my own trends.
4. Dressing for my body type makes a world of difference.
We can’t all tall models, but we can use styling tricks to make a look work.
5. If it’s a one of a kind piece and you can’t stop thinking about it, buy it.
I couldn’t get over this dress I rented, so I had to have it right? That’s exactly how I presented it to my husband!
6. Sometimes it’s okay to flaunt it.
Hey, being a woman is fun, embrace it.
7. When you’re flaunting it, balance is key.
Menswear shirting is a lovely compliment to the short skirt paired with heels.
8. Clothes should allow your personality to shine.
It’s alright to be a little whimsical and let your inner powerhouse or geek show through (I definitely have a geeky side; it comes from my love of science). I may or may not have been very upset when my husband splattered paint on my “Excellence in Mathematics” mathlete competition shirt.
9. If it doesn’t work for you, don’t force it.
I’ve got neck issues and I just can’t wear suits or tops that tie around my neck. Sure it limits my selections, but comfort is absolutely worth it.
10. Your feet will thank you for investing in a great pair of flats.
I think I must have worn some kind of heel or wedge every day of my young adult life. I still wear heels when I’m up for it, but an awesome pair of flats are an equally sound choice.
When I look back at my younger self, I’m pleased with all the lessons I’ve learned, be them about style or prodigious life lessons. I’m excited for the evolution of my style and self in years to come. I can only hope to continue to learn lessons worthy of sharing.