Weekend Whimsy: Fashion Fades. Style Remains.

Sunday, May 6, 2012 12:00 PM

   


"Fashion can be bought;
style must be possessed.
Fashion guesses, so it can only bluff.
Style knows.
Fashion is impatient
and eventually passes away.
Style is steadfast and waits for every woman's awakening,
because authentic style
is born of Spirit."
 
-Sarah Ban Breathnach

The thought occured to me the other day that I'll be 35 at the end of this year.  I feel like it's taken me an extra long time to grow up and figure out which end is up.   I've made plenty of mistakes, done plenty of dirt, made some good decisions and indulged in plenty of impulsive behavior.  The most important thing I've learned from my life is that I'm happy with who I am - the pretty and the unpretty.   Well, I'm getting there with the unpretty.  Despite my doubts, I know that I am well on my way to living completely from my truest self. 

One of the best parts of knowing who you are and what you love about yourself is realizing what looks good on you and how you want to decorate yourself.  I wasn't born with covetable fashion sense.  I always wore what I saw everyone else wearing - whether it was flattering on me or not!
 
A couple years ago, I realized this and began decluttering my closet.  I wanted to have less, better quality clothes that feel comfortable, look feminine and capture the things I like most about myself. 

The following is an excerpt from PLPT where I shared my realizations about my personal style:

* My natural hair is my favorite and most authentic accessory.
* I care more about how my clothes make me feel than how they make me look.
* Piggy-backing on that second one, I believe that if I feeeel sexy then I will looook sexy. I don't try to do it the other way around anymore.
* Less is more. As I slowly declutter, I actually find that I have more to wear because all the stuff is out of the way and I can see what's really there and what's really me.

Have you thought about why you wear your hair the way you do, dress the way you do, follow fads the way you do? Make it a point to know what makes you feel beautiful, regardless of what the world says should make you feel beautiful.

Here are a few my current fixations:


Polka Dots







 Stripes


 High Waisted, Midi Length Pencil Skirts





Glowy Natural Makeup and blush, blush, blush!



nude d'orsay pumps (thanks to Kimmie for telling me what they are called!)


Retro Bathing Suits


All images via pinterest


What pretty things are currently on your wish list?  Are you digging on any of these same things?  Are we style sisters??!