So, it’s about time I formally introduced myself in a fashionably late sort of way. In a surreal turn of events, I got to interview myself. Here’s a little insight into my own fashion and style musings:
What (if any) are your issues around sizing and fit?
Over the years, I’ve come to form deep, meaningful relationships with my tailors. I mean, they’ve watched me grow up. They’ve seen me through many seasons and many trends. They know me on another level! And all because my main sizing and fit issue most of my life has been finding clothes that fit my petite figure. Getting things taken in here and there – shortened – has definitely been the norm.
How would you describe your fashion style?
I tend to gravitate toward clean lines and neutrals with occasional splashes of lively color here and there. I like stripes. I like soft fabric. I like clothing that allows for movement. I feel that, more than anything, my style reflects my mood and the occasion at hand. I really take the event or occasion into consideration when I plan an outfit. I’d say I tend to opt for a modern look with a classic nod and an effortless feel. Put-together, but unfussy. And, I do appreciate a statement piece.
How has your fashion evolved over time?
Has it? I feel like I’ve always kind of known what I have liked and just gone for it (for better or worse). Sure, I wouldn’t necessarily make the same choices now (and sometimes I cringe at the fashion choices I made then…), but I’ve always worn clothes that I like regardless of whether or not they’re “in.” I suppose now I’m more apt to buy fewer, better quality pieces instead of stocking up on the latest passing trend. I also stay away from khakis and blue and white polos since that was my uniform for middle and high school. Dark days, indeed.
How has where you’ve lived influenced your sense of style?
I grew up in Texas and went to middle and high school in Alabama. I’d say the Deep South has its own unique aesthetic when it comes to fashion. I mean, gone are the days of southern belles carrying pastel parasols and wearing frilly dresses (except during parades), but there is more of a classic, traditional feminine aesthetic. Think dresses. And pearls. And pastels. Don’t get me wrong, I like the occasional dress, pearl studs, and pop of pastel color, but I’d say these are hints and not my overall style. Since moving to California, I’ve felt at home in the casually cool Northern California aesthetic. I’ve fully embraced the sweaters and scarves and boots that Bay Area microclimates demand.
What is your go-to closet staple?
Jeans, T-shirt, and scarf. I know, I cheated. I chose more than one. It’s just that that’s my go-to closet outfit. Comfortable. Versatile. Pair it with different shoes or color tee or scarf and boom. New look. So easy.
Who are your fashion muses?
Audrey Hepburn. Hands down.
What is your biggest fashion-related pet peeve?
The. lack. of. reasonably. sized. pockets. (or any pockets!) in. women’s. clothing.
The struggle is real.
If you could only wear one type of shoe for the rest of this month, what would it be?
Probably my Pikolino boots. They’re comfortable and versatile. And this weather is kind of unpredictably cool and rainy and sunny. (Though I guess I would have to work out barefoot?)
Online shopping: yay or nay?
I mean, I wouldn’t want to return to an era prior to online shopping. There’s definitely a lot to love, especially in regards to convenience (and general laziness…). That said, the jury is out on whether brick and mortar retail spaces will ever truly be supplanted. And, as a gal who loves the experience of reading actual books made out of paper, it shouldn’t be too surprising that I don’t want to see physical stores completely replaced. Basically, I want to have my cake and eat it too. Is that too much to ask??
You just got a bonus. What’s the first store you hit up?
Probably Everlane. And then Cuyana. And then Anthropologie.
What’s your little nugget of sage fashion wisdom?
I think Audrey said it best: “Elegance is the only beauty that never fades.”
Also, you do you!