The end of high school, I went through a “style cleansing’ which I cite to friends, probably too often, as the beginning of my personal style.
I donated almost all my clothes, cut my hair off, and wore minimal to no makeup.
This is one of the only self portraits I have from my “short hair” days. I
was still am very obsessed with turtle necks.
That summer, I went to France and felt comfortable experimenting with my look because I was an unknown. It was incredibly liberating.
I took note of the clothing the men and women wore in France–I remember one woman in Paris who wore a white blouse, blue blazer, shorts, heels and her hair in a pony tail with bangs (and inspired this look). As soon as I got back to the United States, I spent every week in Goodwill cultivating pieces for my ever evolving closet.
This is a self portrait I took during the summer before college. I set up a studio in my parent’s front room and had friends stop by so I could take their portraits.
After some awkward “growing out” stages of my hair, I began college and continued evolving my closet and created this blog!
Particularly, I was really into wearing large Goodwill shirts with shorts and tights. I really loved the freedom of searching for interesting, inexpensive, shirts whenever I wanted.
Then, I had the amazing opportunity of traveling to New York City for a Teen Vogue photo shoot. See more here.
I’ve been heavily influenced by my peers and now Barbra Streisand and Kate Middleton.
Since coming to graduate school, my style has shifted again.I notice that some of the styles I still gravitate to today were originally discovered during my summer in France. I spoke to a friend about this subject and she also could identify the age when she began to develop her own style without influence of her sisters.
Today, I look for pieces that are higher quality (and actually fit) than the Goodwill clothes I wore previously. I really love how dignified and beautiful Kate Middleton looks, but I also love the 1960s Barbra Streisand style.
What age did you discover your style? What happened at that age that allowed this?