Every year when Fall rolls around, the shift in seasons gets me excited to change things up and celebrate the freshness that the crisp autumn air brings. It’s always one of my favorite things to open the windows around our home after they’ve been closed up to the heat all summer, and let the cool air breeze throughout the house (something I’m still looking forward to because the weather’s not quite there yet!). I also love to give my wardrobe a refresh so I can feel like I’m taking part in the transition to a new season and new beginnings.
After pinterest-ing for inspiration and sorting and re-organizing my closet to prepare for the seasonal change, I settled on a clear idea of what direction I want to take my style and it centers around a few adjectives that I want my look to portray: sophisticated, structured, classic, and timeless. Thus, I found myself pulling out everything floral-y, bright, trendy, boho-y and anything else that didn’t fit this vision and packed it away. In time I may pull these pieces back out and re-consider mixing them back into my wardrobe, but honestly, I doubt it. It was actually quite a revelatory decision to choose one particular style that I’m going to adopt as my own, because I’ve always been one to wear anything — if I like it and it looks good on me, I’ll wear it, regardless of what style category it “fits in”. I think this is fine when you’re young and still figuring out who you are and what image you want to project to the world, but since I’ve graduated college, married, joined the corporate world, and am less than 5 years away from my 30th birthday, I find myself wanting to present an image that says “A woman who has her sh** together” rather than “A girl fresh out of college”.
This Ann Taylor top that I found at Marshall’s was one piece in my closet that I knew would fit into this defined style. I love pretty much anything that Ann Taylor makes and this boxy-cut top with faux leather accents is the epitome of sleek and structured. I paired it with my perforated faux leather Zara shorts (seen in this post) and my Jessica Simpson snakeskin heels for a classic all-black look, and finished with my Rae Cosmetics lipstick in Bombshell that I picked up while attending their 10th Anniversary Celebration party. I also had the pleasure to be invited to the opening day of Blo Hill Country Blow Dry Bar and got my first professional blow out, which was incredible and I can’t wait to replicate these gorgeous waves at home! Blake and I headed downtown this evening for a date night with some friends visiting from Australia and had a wonderful evening eating sushi and catching up with old friends.
Do you have a defined style that you always wear, or more a mix of different styles? What do you think about the idea of devoting yourself to a singular genre of fashion?
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