Let’s time travel to the early 2000’s when I was a young girl, the days where I only went by Sam – notice the Orlando Bloom posted on my wall, the Barbies with red hair, and my wardrobe….
Jeans, graphic tees, my dad’s size 12 combat boots, black chain pants from Hot Topic, fake hoop earrings….
There was clearly a fashion crisis at hand. I hated floral print, hated “dressing up”, and was torn between how different cliques dressed. I never fit in with the cool kids & never had the funds to buy the wardrobe that came with that social status. I felt emotionally attached to the goth/emo, had grades like the nerds, & no hand-eye coordination for the athletes. Middle and high school was a crisis for searching for my identity.
I felt like I had to change who I was to fit in and I think today, most adults my age still feel that way. I formed my likes based off of what I thought would please others – like my dad, my peers, etc.
Today, I only dress for myself.
My first rule is that I am comfortable. I haven’t found a pair of jeans that are as comfy as leggings, so I don’t bother groaning over them cutting into my stomach or waist.
My second rule is that I wear what I think is cute. Skirts and dresses are my favorite – floral prints are my jam. I love sporting my comfy & worn brown leather boots but pick from an array of shoes – sandals & even high heels (though I try to stick with wedges because they are comfier and easier for my tall body to walk in).
I hate wearing bras, I hate jeans, I find it annoying to always have to use one hand to hold a purse (helloooo crossbody), bracelets always get in the way, & I get too distracted when wearing statement necklaces. I don’t feel me when I wear a face full of makeup and I absolutely hate doing my hair. I like a minimalist, natural look that won’t take me more than a few minutes to get ready for my day.
I’m happy to have embraced my personal style & though I don’t really keep up with trends, I’m happy and feel beautiful in what I wear. And that is the most important part – your confidence is what makes an outfit.