I’ve always loved fashion and I feel like I have a good eye for putting things together. I am by no means a fashion blogger or someone who is constantly buying clothes that are on trend but I do love putting things together and finding clothes that really speak to me.
My mother always reminds me of how my love of shoes, like most women, started at a very early age. When I was about two or so, I grabbed my mother’s high heels and brought them to her saying: “it’s time.”
For most of my childhood and into my adolescence, finding pants was the worst experience. I was long and lanky and nothing fit. Finally, in my late teens I started to get some slight curves. Most of the jeans I could buy were expensive brands like Citizens of Humanity. I loved them but it was definitely a nice to have while I lived at home and didn’t have bills to pay. Now, it’s Gap all the way. Thank goodness I filled in a bit.
While I wasn’t true to my style in high school, I think mostly everyone has their own, unique sense of style and it is of course very subjective. I grew up watching shows like What Not To Wear and Style by Jury and I was always aware of the impact a persons dress can have on a first impression. I also learned that it’s okay to be different and like different things than other people.
While I always feel like I was able to put outfits together and people would often comment that I was pretty good at it, I never felt all that put together. Quite often I feel like a hot mess having no clue what I’m doing and to be frank, sometimes I just don’t care.
It wasn’t until after high school that I allowed my style to evolve. When I was in high school, it was all Hollister hoodies and Lulu Lemon pants. When I reached university, I attended a very liberal artsy school and my roommate dubbed me super prep. It was only then that I really started to think about what I wore as being an extension of an expression of myself. Rather than how high school was, trying to wear what everyone else was. Looking back, I wish I could have found my style earlier.
My wardrobe has evolved and continues to evolve. I finally feel like I’m at a place where I have a decent work wardrobe and casual clothes too. Although, this winter I lived in black tights, boots and flowery tops with scarves.
Sometimes, I am insecure about being all put together and wanting clothes from designer stores. I do have some great staple pieces that I love and I think there are so many great finds at stores that aren’t so expensive.
Right now, I would say my style has evolved to be very feminine. I don’t wear a ton of dresses, although I love a dress in the summer. I favour flowy tops, skinny, slim pants paired with flats, pumps or boots. For work, a blazer is always my best friend to make most outfits more work appropriate. I think too as women get older they know themselves more and are able to keep pieces for longer and alternate them with great staple pieces to make awesome looks!
In the photo above, I show one of my favourite outfits with pieces from some of my favourite stores.
Blazer – Judith and Charles
This blazer is part of a suit. I love the feel of it and it really goes with everything. You can dress it up or down. Judith and Charles is a Canadian designer.
Blouse – Anthropologie
I love the blousy, flowery prints from Anthropologie. Anytime you’re there they are sure to have some great prints for their blouses. I can wear this shirt with pretty much anything and again, can be dressed up or down.
Pants – J.Crew
These pants are awesome. I love the colour and the details on the leg. Again, they can be dressed up or down. I love the look of them with the metallic loafer, also from J.Crew, but they also look great with nude pumps.
Necklace – Saltwater Tea Jewlery
Local designer, I love all of her necklaces and bracelets. She uses a lot of agate which is really pretty and goes with absolutely everything.