Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Hint of Bohemian.




top H&M // denim AG // sunnies Free People // bracelet Realia by Jen c/o // boots Dolce Vita [scored at the Gilt City Warehouse Sale!!]

Personal style is such a weird thing. I was just chatting with a friend about how I feel like I've finally defined how I want to dress... I just now have to invest in the pieces to actually make it happen. One of the benefits of having a blog is being able to look back and see old outfits that I once deemed photo-worthy. Now, I deem them super cringe-worthy. Like, even ones from 2 weeks ago. It helps me to better identify what I like and don't like. I can browse Pinterest and blogs for hours and say "I love her look; I don't love that skirt; I am obsessed with those shoes." But when I go to my closet, I am seemingly incapable of putting the style onto my own body.

Does anyone else feel this way?? I often will stumble upon old outfit posts and think "I would literally never re-pin that." BUT I'm the one wearing it! Ugh, total disaster. 

Personal style, I believe, is a process. Here and there, you'll find someone who woke up when they were 13 and decided they would dress like Penny Lane for the rest of their lives and they're doing just that. When I was 13, I wore Dickies + band t-shirts + my hair in a ponytail every day. When I was 17, I wore Hollister + LEI or Mudd jeans. When I was in college, I have literally no idea what I was thinking in regards to style. As I progressed into my twenties, I somehow tried to combine all of these looks and ended up with a closet that often feels convoluted and dumb.

When you love fashion as much as I do, and you respect all different styles- it can be hard to identify and create a look that is your own. Something that you're comfortable wearing, and that feels like you. It's definitely something I find myself working on, and it's not always a natural decision for me. It's a process. It will likely be a topic I address often on the blog, as style naturally changes over time and I'll probably find myself feeling super unstylish again and again.

The point of this entire post/rant is that I really like this outfit. It is more in line with what I imagine myself wearing on a daily basis, and I felt great when I wore it. Just a hint of bohemian puts me on the right track. Another point of the post/rant is to sort of put those feelings out there, and see if any of you find yourself dealing with the same struggle of "I hate everything I wear." I'd love to hear your thoughts!! 

17 comments:

  1. Those boots are pure magic. I need them!

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  2. I can absolutely relate to what you are saying! I think my style is constantly a work in progress. Loving those booties!

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  3. I absolutely love this. Though I very rarely dabble in actually BlOGGING my outfits, I take a ton of photos and always see them and wonder what I was thinking. Glad I'm not the only one. Love this look!

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  4. love this Kelli! We couldnt agree more!

    love from San Francisco,
    Britt+Whit

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  5. I'm totally with you. ..I always feel like my closet is this mismatch of random pieces. I am finding not shopping is actually helping me rework items into outfits I actually like.

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  6. First off, I LOVE this look on you. Those boots were a major score! =)
    Second, I totally relate to this post. Sometimes I look back at outfits and think "now how did THAT happen?" but as you mentioned, it's all a process and part of growth. Of course, I also am the type who gets bored of things quickly so what I may have loved at one point can suddenly be the on the opposite point of the fashion spectrum of my funky radar. So basically, I'm admitting I'm a huge factor in this love/hate relationship with my personal style. haha
    xo,
    nancy

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  7. You just described my daily morning thought process about getting dressed! How do you translate the beautiful images you love on Pinterest into real life looks for your lifestyle, body type, budget? I am glad I am not the only one that feels that way. This look is fabulous on you though!

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  8. You know what's funny? As I looked at these photos, I thought, "this is SO Kelli's style!" As I read on, I completely understood what you meant, though! When I look at old blog photos (or Facebook photos, or any photos!), I absolutely CRINGE. What was I THINKING?! I think it's just part of the process though!

    I've noticed in the past couple years, I've become more classic & preppy than I used to be, yet I still find myself drawn to band tees, tie-dye, way too much leopard, and so much randomness! I guess personal style is a journey much like life's journey! :)

    Most importantly, I always love your (seemingly haha) carefree, easygoing, and slightly bohemian style! <3

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  9. i definitely dig this top. you and tim have the COOLEST style... i love your new san-fran inspired style. you're rockin' it girl!

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  10. LOVE the voice of your blog! Totally agree. I think the hardest part is finding and investing in what looks best on and not always what you think you want your style to be. Ah, the continuous struggle!

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  11. I love this entire outfit and I love that you write about your thoughts this way. This is one of the reasons that you are one of the only style blogs I even bother to check anymore. You have a great voice and you are so honest and I love it! I think it is really hard to have a "style" blog if you don't have tons of money to spend to get what you picture as your "perfect" style and the fact that you can admit it is very relatable. I think we all feel this way! I would love to be able to just buy everything I thought was beautiful and what fits into my style but the fact is I have a very limited amount of money to spend on clothes or groceries or alcohol every month and sometimes I choose the latter. Anyways, sorry for the rant but you are inspiring, Kelli! Keep up the great work :)

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  12. Oh I understand! For me, I think the mixed messages my closet sends are because I hardly ever get rid of clothes. Seriously have a PACKED closet with items I never wear, yet never get rid of. Some strange insecurity that I wont have anything to wear might be why, & I doubt I'm the only one with this problem, ha! Our teenage style maybe had more so what was available (hello Boise Town Square, nice to see you Pac Sun) and that was before the likes of Pinterest or even a great variety of shopping online. The light bulb moment I had while reading this is to be honest with my closet & not be afraid of only have a few AWESOME options that I love, instead of a closet full of what used to be :)

    Ps- Those boots are amazing! Keep rocking in your own unique way Kelli!

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  13. This is a great outfit, but on the main subject of this post, you literally put into words what I've been feeling today. Even just thinking an outfit is picture worthy and than actually seeing the pictures can make a world of difference about how I feel about those clothes. Fine tuning my wardrobe and style is one (of many) reasons I am looking forward to blogging. I want nothing more than to discover MY personal style and I think blogging is definitely something that can help!

    Shannon

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  14. Love this outfit and those boots are to die for!

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  15. I can totally relate!!! I think I just go through periods where I just hate everything in my closet or am just totally bored and looking for a change. I feel like fashion is a way to express yourself and when you can't find the right outfit, it can be totally frustrating and discouraging! I love this outfit though and am all of a sudden obsessed with bohemian style peasant tops!! This H&M one is totally cute.

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  16. I agreee! It's so hard to invest in certain pieces and I find it hard to throw anything away..I just want a bigger closet lol.
    Hope you can check out my latest post. www.nellecreations.com

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  17. Love this so much. You're style is awesome girl. Can we talk about those boots?!

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Thank you for reading! xoKelli