Category Archives: style
I have some seriously talented friends. My friend Patty is a stylist and has been responsible for my hair for over 8 years. Recently she added jewelry designer to her long list of crafty accomplishments. Only Patty could convince me to indulge in the choker trend. When she brought a few of her necklaces to our last girl’s night, I couldn’t believe how much I liked it! It’s a more modern and chic version of the chokers I wore in my younger years.
Can we talk about these boots for a minute? I was looking at old posts and found this one from 2015 where I mentioned my love of the Stuart Weitzman 5050 boots. I had them on my wish list for 4 years! I’m not going to lie – they are expensive and an investment. The stars finally aligned for me in January. They were included in a Neiman Marcus sale for $200 off. I asked Nordstrom to price match and they did! Then I combined some birthday gift cards and Nordstrom reward notes to pay for the bulk of the rest of them. Now that I’ve worn them a few times, there’s not one ounce of buyer’s remorse. I’ve worn them almost every day on our east coast trip! I tend to take really good care of my shoes so I know I’ll have them for years to come.
photos by j petite photography
I’ve either been pregnant or dressing a newly post-baby body for most of the past three years. It’s been hard to get into a groove with my style and clothing during this time, especially since I’ve transitioned into staying home with Lawson and Sybil.
After having Sybil last fall, I couldn’t wait to get rid of all my maternity clothes. My closet was too full. I couldn’t see the items that I wanted to wear. There were pieces I hadn’t worn for 3 years. They were like new! I finally feel like I’ve refined my style to a point I’m comfortable and confident in most everything I own.
My body isn’t 100% back to my pre-baby weight, but I’m close enough that I fit into the majority of my normal clothes. My shape has changed though. I’m no longer comfortable in the fitted tees and tanks I used to wear. And I can button my jeans, but I wouldn’t call them comfortable. I’m balancing purchasing a few new items in a larger size with the hope I’ll fit into my old jeans after I’m able to consistently work out again.
These are the 4 steps I took for refining my style. If you’re struggling with your style, baby or not, they might be helpful to you too!
Go Through Your Closet Piece by Piece
Other than getting rid of my maternity clothes, I went through every piece in my closet one by one. I either donated or sold anything that 1) didn’t fit, 2) was worn or 3) was no longer in style. The biggest revelation of this process was the sheer amount of dresses I had. I couldn’t believe it!
Analyze What’s Left
This was truly eye opening for me. I knew I loved neutrals. My warm weather shirts are almost entirely white, grey and navy. My winter wardrobe is a little more diverse. It primarily consists of cream, navy and black. A few other fun facts: I wear a ton of grey tee shirts in the summer, but have very few grey items for winter. I am drawn to a pop of pink. Specifically hot pink. I love plaid, polka dots and stripes. All the stripes please!
Fill in the Gaps
After eliminating items, I could more clearly see where I needed to fill in gaps. Since we’re already into warmer weather in Arizona, I’m focusing on those items. A pair of white jeans, denim shorts, and loosely fitted shirts (tees, tanks and blouses).
Embrace Your Style
After reading The Curated Closet last fall and going through the above steps, I finally feel like I know exactly what I like and am sticking with it. For me it’s lots of neutrals in white, black, grey and blue with a pop of pink. Cotton, denim and chambray fabrics. Plaid, stripes and a few polka dots for patterns. I’m also relying on instinct. If I try something on, immediately feel great and it fits my style criteria, there’s a good chance it will end up in my closet. Similarly, it I try something on and don’t immediately feel it, I’m not trying to talk myself into it because everyone’s wearing it or it’s on sale.
How well do you know your style? Does it change over time?
After a long post-baby break, outfit posts are back! You have no idea how good it feels to get dressed up a bit. It seriously makes this mama feel so, so good.
I’m keeping it short and sweet today as we’re heading to the east coast to visit family and I’ve got last minute packing to do. Packing for 3 is no joke!
I wore this outfit to Alt Summit last month. It’s about as business casual as I get. These Stuart Weitzman boots are a total splurge. I was lucky enough to get them as a gift from my luv as a 40th birthday gift last summer. I wasn’t sure how much I’d wear them, but they are surprisingly versatile. And they make my legs feel a mile long, which is a huge bonus!
The J Crew Regent Blazer had been on my wish list for over 2 years. I finally purchased it during a 40% off sale that I combined with a rewards card to get it for less than $100. Although it may not always seem like it, I’m a bargain shopper at heart!
photos by j petite photography
I don’t know about you, but once February 15th hits I’m ready for spring. It’s easy to get into the spirit in Arizona since our winters are so mild. We had cooler weather yesterday. Now the mid-80’s are on their way and I have a feeling they’re here to stay.
A few style trends for spring that I’m loving…lace, stripes, overalls and anything white! I’ve already shared my love of these white Madewell jeans too many times to count. Grey and white is one of my favorite combinations and this tank, striped shirt or sweater would look perfect with a pair of crisp white jeans. This argyle sweater is a good transition piece for cooler spring weather locations.
This lace top and eyelet shift dress are so pretty. I used to have a white eyelet dress that I wore until it basically fell apart. It’s been years and it’s still one of my favorite purchases I’ve ever made.
What are you excited to wear this spring?
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