This is an outfit I’ve been wearing a lot for date nights with Matt this fall, and I’m excited to be able to share it with you through an editorial lens thanks to my friend and photographer Alexandra Szebenyik!
It’s a mix of mindful and conventional fashion, and I love how polished and put together it feels.
Monochromatic outfits have a few benefits:
- They are timeless and classic, and look “expensive” – regardless of the actual cost of any particular piece;
- Focusing less on colors, patterns or trendiness has helped me turn my attention to fit, construction and quality;
- If you’re short like me, they create a visual line that makes you look taller (and it is my dream to look taller!);
- They’re a clean slate for bold accessories.
I feel like I’ve grown more confident in my style over the last few months. I’ve had time to reflect on my past wardrobe choices and make countless mood boards – and I think the confidence I’m feeling is showing through more and more. I have done the whole ethical fashion aesthetic and it didn’t really suit me (or I felt like I was playing dress up). Rather, I think my sweet spot is finding ethically or mindfully made pieces with more classic fits, pieces that feel refined but casual. I’m also opening myself up to mixing sustainable and conventional fashion to get the look I want – because it is better to love something and keep it longer than it is to buy something just because a sustainable brand made it and ultimately part with it (which I have done with a few items, honestly). This balance I’m finding feels good.
Nailing down my style statement has been an ongoing struggle, but maybe it’s just neutral, minimal, and casual. For example, I wouldn’t wear heels with an outfit like this, I’d wear this casual boots or even sneakers to bring it down to a more approachable place.
I think an outfit like this would also look incredible with a monochromatic jacket over it, or with a slouchier tote for even more of a casual feel. It was warmer the day I took these photos, but I have worn this outfit with my Only Child trench. Our October was colder than our November here in Connecticut!
I don’t think we can ever concretely define our style, because we are always changing, so naturally our wardrobes will shift as a reflection of that. I think I contradict myself all the time based on my mood or lifestyle. But I guess it’s what keeps fashion blogging fun.
How would you define your personal style?2