I recently went through some old pictures and started thinking about how much my style has changed over the years. It’s fun to watch that evolution! I’ve always tried to look cute and pulled together, but it wasn’t until the past couple years that I felt like I really got it. I have finally accepted my body type and learned to dress for it. I can easily pin-point what styles I like and what styles I just want to like. I have realized that crew neck tees look good on a very select group and I am not a part of that elite club.
Here are 5 style lessons I’ve learned as I’ve gotten older-
My Lessons 1 of 11
Warning: photos of my awkward years ahead
How to Wear Menswear 2 of 11
I got this Adidas jacket in the 6th grade because a bunch of boys I knew wore them. I've always been drawn toward men's clothing but I was always doing it wrong! In a lot of pictures from my junior high years I am drowning in over-sized men's t-shirts and sweatshirts.
How I Wear Menswear Now 3 of 11
I'm still a huge menswear fan (in fact, I just wrote about it!) but I'm careful about proportions and style. Oversize tees have their place, but NOT when they totally drown out the fact that you're a woman.
The Importance of Sunglasses 4 of 11
I remember loving these sunglasses because they turned the world a pretty, rosy purple. But they LOOKED awful on me. I knew it at the time but didn't care. What I SHOULD have cared about was the fact that they probably offered my eyes little to no UVA/UVB protection. With light blue eyes like mine (not to mention a family history of skin cancer), good sunglasses are really important.
My Sunglasses Now 5 of 11
As a diehard cheapskate, it was really difficult to force myself to buy nice sunglasses. However, they have been worth every penny! They're polarized and large enough to really protect my eyes and the delicate surrounding skin from the harsh Arizona sun. I've noticed the skin around my eyes looks significantly better since getting a decent pair of shades. Purple lenses were fun, but wrinkles and destroyed eyesight are not!
How to Dress for an Occasion 6 of 11
This was at my uncle's WEDDING. Why do I look like a homeless person while my mom was in a dress?
Dressing Up Now 7 of 11
As an adult I can assure you that I have not shown up to any wedding, event, or special occasion in jeans. I've decided that I'd much rather be the one in a skirt and heels feeling slightly overdressed than the one in denim feeling like an idiot.
I Don’t Have to Follow Everyone Off the Bridge 8 of 11
A while back all the bloggers were doing this half tuck. It looked ridiculous on me, no matter how many times I tried to make it work. Just because everyone else is pulling something off doesn't mean that I have to as well!
Sticking to My Style 9 of 11
Untucked shirts are comfortable for me. It's ok to just stick to what I know works for me and not try to force it!
How to Wear a Swimsuit 10 of 11
During junior high and high school everyone I knew wore shorts over their swimsuits. I'm not sure why...we were the possessors of skinny teenage thighs. What on earth was there to hide?
Swimsuits Now 11 of 11
Two kids and 10+ years later, I no longer wear shorts. I feel silly in them and I hate the tan lines. Who cares about the stretch marks on my thighs and the fact that I forgot to shave above my knees?