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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