After a phone catastrophe recently, I had to get a new phone. And thus I had to get a new phone case. I went home with a silver sparkly one. As I told the first person I ran into who looked at my phone with skepticism, when it comes to phone cases you can either go boring or bold. And I chose bold.
These days that is where I stand style-wise, and it’s still a very strange place for me to be.
Of course, my version of bold is probably not the normal person’s version. It means I’m not playing it safe. I’m not going for what I know. I have never been fashionable or stylish. I’ve never kept up with trends. I’ve never been the best dressed person anywhere. I just try to make sure I get by with something I feel comfortable with.
Lately, though, in an office full of 20-somethings, I have started to realize that I’ve got to start upping my game. I work on my blog, on my writing, on my place in the online world. I should probably work a bit on how I present IRL as well, right?
This summer I did a pretty good job. I spent very little and shopped mostly at Old Navy, but picked up dresses that were perfect for summer, great for the office, and flattering for my body.
Now winter is coming and it won’t be so friendly to my budget. I must shell out for the standards that I never bothered with before. A great pair of jeans. A well fitted blazer. And a pair of boots versatile enough to go with all kinds of outfits. I don’t have the cash to buy a lot, so it’s just one or two well chosen items. And I’m working hard on being bold, figuring out what my style actually is, and getting more comfortable in my own skin.
Next on the list are the aforementioned boots. (The jeans are already done and they look marvelous.)
What do all of you lovelies think? First, buckles: still definitely a big trend and they cover a surprising variety of styles.
1: Alodie by Dr. Martens $135, 2: Mona by Naturalizer $139, 3: Riddle Avant by Clarks $160, 4: Leandra by Born $160, 5: Morgane by Born $135, 6: Quimby by Naturalizer $139, 7: Elwoodd by Lucky $139, 8: Kalea Gillian by Born $150, 9: Ondine by Born $124
Next: going beyond the simple bootie into an ankle boot that’s got simple but stylish details.
1: Limbo Dance by Clarks $185, 2: Movie Retro by Clarks $180, 3: Spye Celeste by Clarks $130, 4: Malia Hue by Clarks $150, 5: Later by Naturalizer $110, 6: Jolene by Dr. Martens $96, 7: Leyden Bell by Clarks $150, 8: Wera by Sofft $150, 9: Versant by Ariat $190, 10: Bayleigh by Born $165
My ideal pair is comfy, cozy, and completely versatile. Can be dressed up for a dress, but work just fine for an everyday outfit. If you were looking for a pair to go over jeans and tights, and you could only get one pair, which way would you go?
And any tips on blazer shopping would be much appreciated…