4.15.2013

Classy City Girl Meets Boho Chic

I took these shots for my Mimosa Lane feature but figured I'd surface them here too. Recycling is a good thing, you see. Especially when you're recycling something you love, like this outfit.

If I could wear it everyday I would. It incorporates all of my style staples - a scarf, vintage jewelry (those earrings were my grandma's), pops of color, chic touches (I love these nude heels), and braids (Come on, get Little House On The Prairie off your mind. When done right, braids rock.) Best, it's comfortable while remaining stylish, which is an oh-so underrated combination if you ask me.

As much as I find trends fun to keep up with, I believe it's developing personal style that is most worthy of exploring in fashion. Dressing is an expression. An art form. Like it or not, the way you present yourself helps to shape other people's perception of you.

This is something that I didn't think much about before, but in the past few years, it's become more important to me. Not because I think that looks are everything - they are not - but because I want the way that I dress to reflect who I am.

So, back to personal style. We all have one, and while I'm still discovering mine and believe it's ever-evolving, I think I've come far in that journey. Right now I'd define it as "Classy city girl meets boho chic" - a modern, all american vibe that's infused with a touch of bohemian free spirit. It's a mouthful and complete mixture of opposing things. But what can I say? I am too.

How would you describe your personal style? What are your style staples that you love to bring into any outfit? 

PS - The Chicago Life & I chatted about fashion, Mad Men & DIY projects gone wrong today. Be sure to swing by and say hello!

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25 comments:

  1. I seriously love everything about this outfit!

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  2. Love the stripes! I have way too many striped items, my mom always yells at me!

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  3. I love your styling of this pretty minted jeans and chic striped shirt, looks so pretty!

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  4. I'm such a fan of mint jeans this day - it's baffling that I don't have a pair. Super cute outfit.

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  5. You're the cutest–I love the background for all of your photos, so city-chic!

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  6. Love the mint jeans and the braid!

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  7. Personal style is very important, not always easy to develop. And I always admire somebody who can define theirs. You look lovely.
    Simona
    www.lakenmoon.blogspot.com

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  8. Loving your outfit! The stripes & mint look fabulous together!

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  9. great outfit! i know everyone has said it but those mint jeans are pretty fab :)

    <3 Salem Style
    Crocheted With Love in Salem Massachusetts

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  10. I love everything about this outfit, especially the mint pants!!

    http://happinessiscreating.com/

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  11. mint + stripes? Um, this is my favorite look. EVER!

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  12. I love the mint jeans with the stripes. My look changes...sometimes I love the preppy look, sometimes I am beyond casual and then other times, I am all about black, leather and leopard. But I always try to put my own spin on something to make it unique! :)

    Jill
    Classy with a Kick

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  13. Those mint jeans are perfection...I love this outfit!

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  14. Absolutely adore this look - seriously perfect! I'd wear it in a second, everything about it!

    x
    Rachel

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  15. Love your thoughts on personal style! You're so right! It's not all about keeping up with trends even though it may be fun. They don't necessarily always express you or make you stylish. You're just trendy. But when you make trends work for you and your expression, then you have personal style! Loving this combo of yours! Especially with the added braid!

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  16. I love this outfit! Your pants are gorgeous.
    -Vogue&Heels
    vogueandheels.com

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  17. Such a chic, casual look - I love the mint paired with stripes! It's hard for me to define my personal style in a few words but I'd probably say something like feminine, print heavy and classic with an edge. xx

    elle [wonderfelle world]

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  18. Love the mint jeans - I wouldn't mind looking this good everyday.

    ♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.
    http://shoe-fiend.blogspot.co.uk/

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  19. Lovin the mint jeans! I don't have enough light colored clothing (especially pants!) in my closet!
    xox
    giedre
    www.walkingdotphotography.com

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  20. my style is constantly evolving. It's funny because I still have some clothes from high school that I wear and love... and yet I just donated a whole bunch of my closet that I had only purchased a year or two ago. Clothing is funny like that. Love this look!
    Jenn
    With Luck Blog

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  21. Great outfit, great details. You are so freaking adorable!! #FrecklesForever

    xox
    Bailey
    http://akabailey.blogspot.com

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  22. I love the simplicity of this outfit! It's so put together and just perfect!

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