Blush Blazer

Blush Blazer

Gibson draped blazer, Pleione top, J.Crew shorts, c/o Mark & Graham clutch, Julie Vos coin necklace, Jack Rogers sandals, c/o Brandy Pham needle bracelet

In the 8 years since college (8 years?!?!) my style has evolved in oh so many ways. I took these photos on the campus of my alma mater (Scripps College) last week and thought a lot about what has changed. I have a vivid memory of wearing Juicy Couture sweatpants and a tank top to class. I now look back on that time, mortified at some of my fashion choices, but also with a smile because, come on, it’s pretty hilarious.

In “the college years”, I opted mostly for comfort during the day and loud colors and patterns for my “going out” looks. When I moved to New York in 2008 to work for Conde Nast, I quickly learned that I had to make some major changes. Without a lot of disposable income, I started to get creative, pairing tops from H&M and Zara with the nicer pieces I would get for Christmas and birthday presents from my family. High-low was my jam in the early New York days.

As I started growing in my career and could start to afford to shop at places like J.Crew and Club Monaco, that lesson stuck with me. For more structured pieces like blazers and jeans, I opted for well-made and sturdy over cheap and flimsy. But for basics and trendy things (hello envelope skort!), I refused… and still refuse… to spend an arm and a leg.

I describe my style to people now as “preppy with some personality” or “classic with a twist”. I’ll never be an all beige kinda gal but there is something about simplicity that I’m drawn to as I get older.  Pieces like this drapey blush blazer go a long way in my closet because it is season-less and can go with anything from the look here to a black dress, to black skinny jeans and a tank top.

Do you find that your style evolves over the years? How so?

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  1. Paola Blanc said:

    My style evolved with years, I wear more classy pieces now, nice outfit
    Paola
    http://www.lechicchedipaola.it/

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  2. Mandie said:

    I love that shirt, just bought it last weekend for work.

    My style has also evolved along the way, and still is today. It’s funny to look back and see the girl who used to not care what fashion was in and what was out. I used to never wear jewelry, care about name brands, and wasn’t as girly as I am today. However, I wouldn’t change anything. I laugh at what I wore in pictures, but I appreciate how my style has matured.

    xoxo,Mandie

    http://www.nautistripes.blogspot.com

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  3. Kiki said:

    Hey we’ve all made some pretty crazy fashion choices in the past. It’s fun to poke fun at ourselves sometimes. I was totally on the North Face leggings bandwagon in college. *Hangs head in shame.

    Blush is such an amazing shade. Literally makes everyone look amazing. It’s hard not to be obsessed.
    http://www.accordingtokiki.net

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  4. Liv said:

    Love the color of your blazer. Such a nice change from the traditional black blazer.

    Liv

    http://www.livforstyle.net

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  5. Alyssa Thomas said:

    Love that blazer! My style has involved in that I’m more creative I think. I used to wear a lot of just black, because it was so easy, but now I wear a lot more color and texture and like to play with mixing the two.

    Alyssa | Glitter and Grey

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  6. Samantha Cossick said:

    Love the pink in combo with the blue — a little unexpected, but works well! — SC at http://www.samanthachic.com

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  7. I didn’t know you were a Scripps alum! Me too-class of ’11. Great to see pictures as I haven’t been back since graduation though I plan to return next year for Reunion Weekend. When I was at Scripps, I was very simple: just a t-shirt and jeans most days while I have evolved into someone more comfortable with color and in skirts.

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