Happy Thursday! This week seems to have a bit of a theme - blazers. If you caught Monday's post I talked about the oversized blazer trend in women's fashion. And today is all about the blazer dress. The blazer dress isn't so much a trend in and of itself, but rather an extension of the over-sized blazer trend. Think of it as a more feminine, sexier way to wear an over-sized blazer.
I think this trend is a fun cross between a wrap dress and an over-sized blazer. I love the look of the double button blazer dresses, but I simply couldn't resist these ruffles when I saw this dress. I like too that it's sexy enough to wear out, but long enough to wear to work with a cami underneath. This dress also resonated with me because it's a very "me" dress - white, feminine, polished, and a bit flirty. I say it's a "me" dress because today I'm sharing a bit about staying true to your personal style.
Personal style - what exactly is that? I would define personal style as the way you dress. It's the clothing you wear that makes you feel completely "you." Defining your style can be hard and sticking to it can be even harder. Over the past month I had the privilege to speak at Fleastyle Summit and at SMU on an influencer panel and both times this topic came up. I was asked about how one makes a space for themselves in this big blogger world a lot. My answer to this question was always the same - by being true to yourself.
When I first started my blog, I quickly fell into the trap of comparing myself to other bloggers. I subconsciously tried to emulate what other successful bloggers did, and the result? Not good. They say comparison is the thief of all joy, but it's the thief of creativity, too. I knew it didn't feel right and it wasn't working either. So, when I dug deep I realized I was not being true to myself. Something had to change.
I recall talking to my husband and telling him I wanted to dress the way I've always desired. I have resonated with whites and blushes for some time, but was scared to switch my wardrobe to only those colors. What would people say? Would I miss out on trends because I didn't want to wear the "it" color of the season? Would I be made fun of for wearing a lot of white in winter? The answer is probably yes, but I didn't care. Once I let go of my fears and insecurities and was able to find my true personal style, it was so freeing!
Now, staying true to my personal style can be challenging at times. There are times I have to say no to certain trends or certain collaborations that come my way, but it worth it. It's worth it because the "me" you guys see is the real "me." It's amazing, too, the confidence you feel when you are doing or dressing in a way that is 100% you. So, my challenge to you guys is to be who you are, dress how you like, and don't look to others for affirmation. Finding inspiration in others is one thing, but defining your style based on what works well or looks good on someone else is a whole other thing.
photography: fort lion studio