A couple of weeks ago, I tried on this ensemble:
In theory, this should all be great together. In fact, I anticipate readers telling me they really like this look. Flowy silk dress + slouchy suede boots + wide-brim felt hat = Free People catalog, without a doubt. But I was totally uncomfortable in this. Though I've admired this very look on lots of other people, it felt like a costume on me. So I started subtracting, and I got this look:
OK, better. It's definitely more like just a cute dress with boots now; nevertheless, it still felt a little off. Maybe the combination of the short dress and slouchy boots felt a little too young. I honestly don't know, but I KNOW I wasn't digging it. More tweaking...
Bingo!! I swapped out the suede boots for these tougher leather boots with an edgy side zip.
That's all it took to make this feel like a put-together, non-costumey version of myself.
Flowy, carefree silhouettes, vintage lace, floral headbands. That's "me," right? Well, perhaps that's part of me. But perhaps, I'm also a little girly, a little tough, a little #bosslady, and I need to temper that festival-goer vibe with some items that speak to the rest of my personality.
Three points I took away from The Boho Experiment:
- Personal style takes a little thought and a little work. It's not always evident, even to a personal stylist.
- I am not cut out for a "capsule wardrobe." Minimalism is great. Knowing what you like and what fits you is great. But I have too much fun playing dress-up and too many personalities floating around in me to narrow my choices too much. And that's just how it's going to be.
- I like hats, but I think I need to stick to wearing them with jeans and a t-shirt!
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