Happy almost New Year (not really)! I'm here to spill the tea on how I achieve some of my looks. I get asked all the time how I pull together my outfits so effortlessly. Honestly, sometimes I don't even try. What I find is having specific pieces make life so easy. Even as a stylist, it's super hard to get dressed. I can't tell you how many times I just stare in my closet for HOURS trying to decide what to wear. What I've come to learn is that life is so much easier when you can shop or pull pieces out of someone else's closet. Honestly! Any one who knows me will tell you that previously, tight was right. Everything I owned was short, tight, cropped , etc. I don't know if it's age or maturity or the inability to feel comfortable in certain things, but I've been really getting into the flowy, bohemian chic vibes. Nothing fitted unless it's jeans or a special occasion bodycon dress. I've been liking my clothes to barely skim the body. In fact, I've been wearing stuff that aren't my size. To achieve this look, I've been shopping in the men's section, a man's closet, or the plus size section. Which makes me feel bad because I feel like I'm taking clothes away from people that need it. There's a joke on social media that curvy chicks buy all the extra small bathing suits so they can show off their bodies while there's nothing for us to buy, and that's what I feel like I'm doing lol.
Anyway, I'm going to share a few of my favorite "unorthodox" pieces that don't belong to me, in the sense that they weren't meant for women my size. I say unorthodox because they're things that at first glance (or listen if I'm explaining it) for someone else would probably make zero sense. Sometimes it takes a while, but others, I can immediately see the vision and can create an entire look on the spot. The first is a 3X women's button down shirt. It's amazing because it's super flowy, and so easy to throw on when I don't know what to wear. Top, jeans, boots, done. It's my go-to except it's so recognizable that I'm conscious about how often I wear it. Lol I absolutely love how free it makes me feel!
Next is a geometric printed shirt that I took from my dad. We all know how stylish he is, so it's pretty fun raiding his closet. Many of my favorite pieces come from his wardrobe. The hardest part is getting him to agree to letting me take them. Lucky for me, he isn't a big guy so this top is still pretty fitted, sorta. But it's long and sits awkwardly if I don't do anything with it. So, a couple ways I've styled it is by tying it up loosely and wearing it a bralette with a front tuck. Both looks are approachable and although they're both paired with denim, it can be worn with pretty much anything. A skirt, a dress, tailored pants.
This piece is also taken from my dad's closet (I have plenty of pieces I stole from him and he likes to remind me how familiar they look when he sees me in them). Ironically, it's a women's long blazer but it's like a size 12 so it was perfect for him and massive for me, just how I like it. The shoulders have padding so the structured look plays with sophistication even without trying hard. I'm not a blouse & blazer type of girl so this blazer is perfect for jeans and a t-shirt. Super chill and not stuffy. Plus, menswear inspired femininity is in. And my favorite trend to be completely honest. It's the stylish part of me that is hardest to come out, but when it does, it's always cute!!
Last but not least, my absolute favorite even though I just recently purchased it is a men's 4X button down that a turned into a DRESS. Yes, a dress! I bought it at Ross on clearance for $7. Immediately I knew it could be something great, but I couldn't find the proper belt in the store to try it so of course I had to wait until I got home. And it was amazingggg. Maybe even better than I imagined! When I tell you this top is beyond massive on me. It completely drowns me haha. But it served its purpose. Makes me wonder how many other great random finds are out there in other clothing sections. Maybe I'll blog about a trip to the thrift store with all my finds.
I wrote this blog for a few reasons: 1) I've been horrible at remaining consistent and it's actually getting worse each time I verbally acknowledge it, 2) I've been getting messages and calls that people miss my fashion portion of the blog so here it is, and most importantly 3) I hope this inspires you to step outside of your comfort zone. Go shop in different sections of your favorite store. Men's is my ultimate favorite with plus size coming in a close second. Go thrifting. Steal shirts form your boyfriend's closet. Whatever you have to do to switch it up and stand out! Because being too comfortable is boring! And if you have any questions on how you can add simple but impactful pizzazz to your wardrobe, don't hesitate to contact me. Happy hunting, xo!