Not Another Outfit Post: This One Is About My Journey

My mother told me, when I was about 15 years old, that I didn’t have a style.

A couple times, I've been asked the question, "Tina, how do you describe your style?" and I would stumble over a few words not really knowing what to say. Since I went to school "for fashion", as they say, I should have a clear and concise answer to this question. I should have the right answer to this question; definitely something trendy or refer to someone famous as my inspiration. 

I think I answered the question once with, "I am a little androgynous, I think I'm eclectic, I prefer comfort and I don't like designer labels....um I don't know, you tell me". LOL. I really had no clue what my style was and I still couldn't give the "right" answer. At 26 years old, my style and tastes are constantly changing;  I actually surprise myself sometimes. All I know, is that my mother told me, when I was about 15 years old, that I didn't have a style. Go figure.

Recently, probably a little over 2 years ago, I realized that my clothing has been very disposable. I'd buy really trendy clothing, (something with a print and a silhouette and a fabrication that's really popular at the moment), I'd wear it once or twice to a couple events and then it sits in my closet for months.  Ladies, after you take pictures in that new outfit or dress and it's all over your Facebook and Instagram, how often do you wear it again?  If it's really cute and memorable and you received a lot of likes, probably not often. Unfortunately, I can't wear these pieces to work where I spend most of life. Months later, I find that cute and memorable outfit in the back of my closet. At that point, when I am looking for something to wear, I no longer think high-waist sequined leggings are cute. It goes in the donation pile.

Ladies, after you take pictures in that new outfit or dress and it’s all over your Facebook and Instagram, how often do you wear it again?

And now I'm on this minimal wave...I am trying to shop smarter and buy stylish clothing that will be sustainable for at least a couple years and will be transferable between different environments. I am really into elevated basics, athleisure and lounge-wear, and monochromatic looks right now. Tonal neutral and gray outfits can be very sophisticated in all silhouettes and fabrications but bright and bold solid looks can make great statements. I don't know if that describes my style, but the journey isn't over and I can't wait to share with you. 

Can you describe your style and do you think it will be the same 5 to 10 years from now?