℅ Sheinside dress (only $33!); Target sandals, old (very similar!); Forever 21 sunglasses (and similar); Saint Eve Jewelry Triple turquoise ring and bracelet hand piece; J Crew outlet jacket, old (save, splurge versions.)
I gain a lot of inspiration for how I dress in a zillion different places, but what really makes my heart sing is looking at how my favorite stylish women dress, figuring out what it is about them that makes me take notice, and tweaking my own look to emulate that. I think there are very few people who are truly game changers when it comes to personal style, and this isn’t something I try to do. I don’t claim to be wholly original in my daily looks, but I do like to look around to see what is out there so I can try it and see if it is me. Seeing how my style icons put themselves together inspires me to try stuff out I wouldn’t have thought of before. These women make me a better dresser and I love to experiment and find what it is about them that appeals to me, and why.
When it comes to the people that I love style wise, and why I like them, I think most of it comes down to an effortless look. I want to feel good in my skin and know that I am presenting my best self while wearing something. I don’t always dress up, but I feel better when I do. Truly! In my mind, the days I go around in my workout clothes or yoga pants don’t count. I love the days when I get to wear something fun and put together something interesting. Getting dressed in the morning shouldn’t be hard. It should be a pleasurable experience, one that makes you wake up with a smile and be happy to try something new.
>>I’ve recently started a Pinterest board to narrow down my Style Icons in one place and to find the common threads between them all. This has helped me to see myself in a new light, and I’d love to share with you who my icons are and why.
These women are awesome and have style I always want to emulate:
Sienna Miller, circa 2005. Remember back when Sienna Miller was engaged to Jude law (pre affair, of course), and she seemed to be on every magazine cover imaginable? I went through a slight stalker-ish obsession, buying every magazine she was in and watching avidly to see what she would wear next. I loved her boho sensibility and how she mixed up her accessories in a way that made everything look fresh and new. When I look back at those same pictures that I used to drool over 9+ years ago, I think they don’t look aged at all. Her style then is still relevant today, and isn’t that what we all want to see when looking back?
My favorite inspiration pic of Sienna, HERE.
Jessica Alba. What I love about Jessica Alba is that she always seems to have her finger on the pulse of what is current right now, yet she is always photographed with her two children in tow and looks amazing doing it. She never looks crazy or avant garde, she just looks put together and chic, all the time. She is a great barometer for what is new and trending, and she shows how to wear trends in a real way. I love that.
My favorite inspiration pic of Jessica, HERE.
Carrie Bradshaw. First of all, isn’t it kind of sad that enough time has passed by after the series has ended that some of the episodes are dated? No cell phones! No emailing! Writes for a newspaper column! I’d like to think today that Carrie Bradshaw is a top tier fashion blogger with amazing wit and charm. Most likely a blond Man Repeller?? (Who I LOVE.) What draws me to Carrie Bradshaw as a style icon is not particularly what she wore, because a lot of it was too crazy for me, but her fearlessness to wear whatever she liked without worrying about others. She mixed and matched and paired things that others wouldn’t, and I admire that greatly. It takes someone with a lot of self confidence and know how to wear what she did, and I admire that.
My favorite inspiration pic if Carrie, HERE.
Sydney Poulton (The Daybook.) Probably every style blogger in the history of style bloggers can cite Sydney as a style reference, right? What I love about her the most is that even though she is a HUGE blogger, she has stayed true to her style roots and hasn’t sold herself out. She doesn’t carry around the same bag as everyone else, or wear Rockstud heels, or flaunt the IT clothes of the season (though I’m sure she could if she wanted.) In fact, a lot of what she wears she has had forever ( I’ve quite possibly read every post she ever done and catalogued it all.) I love her quirky mix of putting looks together, and her ability to re wear and make new what she has. She doesn’t break the bank with her outfits and she always look fun and original. She is what makes style blogging aspirational, in my opinion,
My favorite inspiration pic of Sydney, HERE.
Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen (I can’t tell them apart, can you?) These two seem to dress in a way that makes their style look effortless and easy, yet always put together. If you examine a lot of their outfits you’ll find a lot of clean lines and simple looks, paired with messy hair and big sunglasses. They epitomize the notion of keeping some components of their look slightly messy and off, and pair it with a gorgeously expensive bag and shoes. They never look like they’ve tried that hard and always seem to be pulled together, something that isn’t that easy to achieve.
My favorite inspiration pic of Mary Kate/Ashley(??), HERE.
Tell me, who do YOU look up to, style-wise? Why?
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