Personal Style

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Since becoming a mom, my style has changed drastically. I've always been interested in fashion, but my personal style has always been... eclectic.

I've never pinned myself down to a particular look and that's probably because I had no reason to do so. Now, with an active 18 month old in tow, I have needs.

First and foremost, I need to be able to run after him, which means that a lot of my beautiful heels have been left to languish. Instead, I will often wear my trusty Kate Spade flats and then change into heels for work.

Clothes have to be comfortable and functional. Yet, I don't want to be sacrificing style. This has been the most difficult place to find balance. It's made my wardrobe a lot more classic chic than I've ever been. Preppy was not a word anyone used to describe me, but since I refused to wear gym clothes all the time while on maternity leave and can't do so now that I'm back at work, something had to give.

The problem with a more classic and preppy look is I don't know how to do that. It's been a learning curve; rather, I'm still on the curve.

Finally, most women complain about their bodies after pregnancy. I am not complaining per se, but my body is different - it's a lot smaller, most notably in the bust and hips. Dressing when you have boobs is not the same as dressing when you have smaller boobs. Necklines with too much frill/bows or too low cut can be uncomfortable. I loathe seeing my bra straps and when you need to wear a proper bra, rather than a strapless (there was a time I couldn't find one my boobs wouldn't weigh down), means different outfit choices in general.

Why I am writing about all of this? Putting it on "paper" is my go-to method of figuring out what works, what doesn't, what I'm missing and where I'm really at. So, that's what I'm going to do: I'm going to try and photograph too, but that doesn't seem very possible. I want my very own lookbook; for me, by me and featuring me.

The plan: to cull my closet and keep a smaller selection of what works. Also, to help prepare me for the inevitable shopping that will occur in the future.

Wish me luck!

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