Jacket: Theory sz 00 Shell: H&M sz 2 Sandals: Target sz 5.5 (similar)
Akoya pearls: eBay Ring: YSL Coral Arty
A few months ago, I entered a contest for which I had to define my personal style. Although I've had a keen interest in clothing since my early teens, and gleefully took home fashion superlatives in HS - I never really had my own sense of style. It was hard enough to find "adult" clothing that fit, without paying an arm and a leg for alterations. Whine whine whine.
Coming out of college, I wanted professionalism during the week, yet short shorts on the weekends. I wanted to look more mature, but not plain. With these goals in mind, through personal trial and error and the encouragement of friends (both helpful blog friends and a super-critical-but-well-intentioned friend who mandates accessorizing), I'm slowly developing a style that is my own.
These days I combine feminine details with tailored pieces, pair bargain finds with investments, and mix fast fashion with classic staples. I strive to look put-together, yet practical for my everyday life.
While writing up this post, I noticed how eclectic the brands were within this outfit. Theory - my all-time favorite brand for tailored suiting. H&M - fast fashion (and select work pieces) that often come in teeny sizes. Target - adore their cheap and trendy shoes starting in sz 5.5. Modcloth and ebay - supporting independent designers and small businesses. The mish-mosh of brands in this outfit represents just a tidbit of options out there that petite women have, and confirms that size should not be used as an excuse to not have personal style.
I also noticed that none of the pieces in this outfit are in petite sizing. I stress the importance of simple alterations, especially on items in non-petite sizing. For the jacket in 00 regular, I got the sleeves shortened. For the blouse in sz 2, I took up the straps. And for the skirt in a generic sz Small, I did some DIY slimming, and am hoisting the waist up with a snug belt. I wish I had a "before" photo to show what a difference these small adjustments make, collectively.
Longtime readers of this blog know that I've come a long way in dressing since early posts. I hope that you guys have gotten as much out of the online community as I have.
Readers - Can you define your personal style? What factors have influenced it?