When I was younger I experimented with fashion a lot more than I do now. I tried every trend that seemed even vaguely appealing: flatforms and hipster glasses, neons and pastels, high-low hems and maxi skirts, colored denim and tulle. Don't get me wrong, all that experimenting wasn't a bad thing. In fact, I'd go so far as to say it was vital to developing my sense of style. But it wasn't a sustainable model.
I think it's something we all go through, and it's quite comparable to the dating around a lot us do in our 20s. It's not necessarily our long-term plan, but it is the best way to figure out what we really want in the long term.
Recently, my personal taste has cemented more in my mind. Rather than cementing in spite of my wild experiments, I think it was the direct result of them. A couple months ago I wore this neon skirt for the first time in a while and it just didn't feel like me anymore. In fact, I ended up changing out of it halfway through the day, and it was one of the things to go when I reduced my wardrobe by half a couple weeks ago.
Now that I've got a better grip on my personal style, I feel a kind of comfortable ease and happiness that I associate with finding the right house, the right job, or the right person to settle down with. When something's right, you don't have to think about it too much.
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Links à la Mode, June 11
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- Suzanne Carillo: Trust the Camera, Not Your Mirror
- That Paki Blog: Writing for Yourself
- The Sugar Ribbon: Staying Current Without Breaking the Bank
- We Are Ready Made: Gucci's New Deal in New York
- XO Style Stalker: How to Dress Like a '90s Girl