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Roxanna Sarmiento publishes Everyday Treats, a blog about living well every day, and The Frog & Snail, a lifestyle blog for parents of boys.

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Blue Jeans and Personal Style

By Roxanna Sarmiento |

I have a uniform, and you probably do as well. Mine consists of simple, neutral clothes and bright accessories. I try to be different, but every time, and I mean every single time, I buy something outrageous I end up never wearing it. What’s the point of that? But my heart, it so desperately wants to be glamorous. Behold, my style board: Pretty fancy, huh? I’ve had to learn to accept my simple tastes and lofty aspirations. Because while a ballerina-like cocktail gown is lovely and makes my heart go aflutter, the truth is I don’t have anywhere to wear it.

The fact that I am happiest in easy classic styles — and that includes jeans, glorious jeans! The beauty of jeans is that they can adapt to any personal style (and shape, like my Levi’s Bold Curve IDs), even one as aspirational and frankly unrealistic as mine.
But before your jeans can work for you, you need to define your personal style. And my favorite tool for doing that is the inspiration board. Don’t know how to get started with an inspiration board? Here’s how to define your personal style:

If you don’t know what an inspiration board is (what? you don’t watch Oprah?) they’re easy and fun to make — get some paper or poster board, scissors, a glue stick and tons of magazines. Get as wide a variety of magazines as you can, but be sure to have a few of your favorites on hand, even if they’re not fashion magazines — TV Guide or National Geographic work too — and go to town tearing out pictures and words that you like. There are no rules, so have fun. Then you glue your favorite pictures onto whatever surface you have on hand (I use a notebook) and…that’s all there is to it! Easy!

Over the next month, we will see how you can make jeans go beyond the basic to reflect the real you. But first, get out your scissors and have some fun! A big thanks to Levi’s for sponsoring this campaign. Click here to see more of the discussion ____ More from Roxanna   About Me | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest Everyday Treats The art of living well every day The Frog & Snail Society We’re all boy

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9 thoughts on “Blue Jeans and Personal Style

  1. Erin says:

    I do the same thing. I’ll buy something “adventurous” and 20 minutes after I leave the house wearing it (after I took off the tags), I seriously regret my decision!

  2. Alix says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE your inspiration notebook!

  3. Anna says:

    Can’t go wrong with good jeans!

  4. kathryn says:

    i love making inspiration boards! It really helps me figure out my style and what new trends will work for me and which ones I probably shouldn’t even try haha

  5. Sarah says:

    I love inspiration boards too! – that’s why I love pinterest ;)

  6. Ana Flores says:

    Oh, I need to have a style board! I’m all over vision boards, but never thought of a style board. love yours!

  7. Meghan says:

    Pinterest is my inspiration board. I find myself looking at my fashion board when I’m out shopping. If it (or something similar) isn’t on there, I don’t buy it.

  8. Elizabeth says:

    What a great exercise! I’m going to try this today.

  9. @JustHeather says:

    I need to do this! First, I probably need some non-mom magazines.

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