This is the outfit I wore the day we went to town. It was a cool, rainy day in the low sixties. I love cardigans for this type of weather because they are so easily removable. I especially love this one because it's super thin. I have found that I prefer thin sweaters over thick, chunky ones, they are less bulky, and I can always add more layers if I need more warmth.
Everything I am wearing is super old except the tee shirt, which I picked up on clearance for $5.49 at JCP. It is by St. John's Bay and is not available on-line, I purchased mine in store one week ago. I don't normally buy tee shirts because I already have a ton of them, but I thought this one was super cute, and at that price, it's practically free!
My cobalt blue cardigan is the boyfriend style, which is my favorite style of cardigan. My jeans are also boyfriend style. I don't find the boyfriend style jean that flattering on me, but they are so comfortable I love to wear them.
I wore an old silver and red necklace to pick up on the red print in the tee shirt.
I carried a nude cross-body bag by Lulu.
I bought these Converse sneakers two years ago and this is only the second time I wore them. I don't know why, but I feel so silly wearing Converse sneakers. I know all the style bloggers are wearing them, and I love them on everyone else, but when I wear them, they just don't feel like me. I think in the three years I have been style blogging I've discovered something about myself: don't buy something just because other style bloggers are wearing it if you don't like it on you! Duh! Makes a lot of sense, but it took me three years to figure that out. In the past I use to run out and buy just about anything that was trending on the style blogs. I did that because I wanted to be trendy and get out of a style rut. And that's a good reason, but you also having to feel that your being true to yourself, and there were many things I was wearing that just wasn't "me". Converse sneakers are one of those things. I'm debating whether to sell them on Poshmark now or just wear them on occasion. They are quite comfortable, although my husband did tease me a bit for wearing them when we went on our "date". Hmmm, what do you think: keep or sell?
I'm at a cross roads in my style blogging. From my perspective, it seems most style bloggers just imitate each other. If something is trending, like off-the-shoulder tops for example, every style blogger is posting off-the-shoulder tops. So, thinking I need to be in-style too, I went to the store and tried on several off-the-shoulder tops. And you know what, I looked terrible in them! I have very round, fatty shoulders and they just looked awful on me. Plus, they were so uncomfortable, I knew I would be miserable wearing them. So I chose to skip that trend. But it caused me to re-evaluate why I buy the things that I do and style blogging in general. Didn't style blogs originate in the first place so women (or men) could show their own, unique fashion style? Then why are we all copying each other?
When I saw this tee shirt, I thought "I like it. It will look great with jeans and a denim jacket in the fall. It will also coordinate well with just about all my summer shorts and skirts. But is it trendy? Hmm, not sure. I never saw any other bloggers wearing it. But the print looks like a bandanna print...and bandannas are trending. You know what, I don't care if other bloggers are wearing this or not. I like it, so I'm buying it." And I guess, that will be the direction I am going as a style blogger from now on. I'm not going to buy something just because it's trending so I will look like everyone else. I'm only going to buy what I like, what I look good in, and most importantly, what I feel comfortable wearing and that I feel is "me".
Now that's not to say I won't be buying new styles...I love to follow the trends. I just have to be careful that I only follow a trend if it's true to me and my lifestyle, and not just because everyone else is wearing it.
On a final note, I have decided to discontinue with the Lookastic links on the bottom of my fashion posts. Google sent me an email that my blog has "Unnatural, outbound links that violate Google Webmaster Guidelines....and a manual spam action has been applied to my blog". I want to assure all my readers that this is not true, I only link to the store that is selling what I am wearing as a courtesy of my readers. I do not do fashion posts or any other type of posts to earn an income, but only because I enjoy writing about the things I love and my life. But to be in compliance with Google I am in the process of either deleting my links or attaching a "no follow"
Have a Great Day...and I hope Google doesn't catch you too! Amy
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