19 January 2012

Give Me Your Tired ...

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This has been said by me many-a-time, but my style has changed greatly from when I first started my blog. Mostly for the better, I think - I am unafraid to wear skirts now, I have learned to accessorize, I have more than one purse and have realized that I need to make at least a halfway effort with hair and makeup when I get ready in the morning. Because a frizzy-haired splotch-faced girl in a dress is still a frizzy-haired splotch-faced girl regardless of how nice the dress is.

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I spent a bit of time over the weekend looking back through my blog archives and those first few months  after I started posting outfits. I know we're supposed to give ourselves a bit of slack and understand that not all our outfits are going to be super innovative interesting or real winners. But I kind of feel that part of the "responsibility" of style blogging is to post stuff that someone might actually take inspiration from, or that we may be proud to share. We may not do blog as full-time jobs but we also don't go around sharing with the world pics of us in our sweatpants and circa 1998 ratty tees.

So I was kind of surprised myself with how many cringe-worthy outfit moments I found in my archives. I'm glad that my style is ever-evolving and my tastes change - but at some point in the near past I had put together these ill-fittng pieces and felt good in them? Can I chalk it up to "youth?" See examples of just some of my poor previous fashion choices:


Wanna drop a link in the comments and share some of your not-so-awesome early blog day outfit posts? Or if you don't want to start a case of digging up that old shit, wanna share in writing some of your non-stellar clothes pairings in the past? And how do you think you've grown sartorially from your original days of blogging?

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Sweater: Loft dolman sleeve poncho (sim here)
Top: J.Crew striped perfect boatneck (worn here - sim here, v here)
Jeans: J.Crew corduroy bootcut (worn here - sim here)
Shoes: Boutique 9 via Anthropologie botanist heeled (worn here - same here / here)
Bag: Cooperative by UO mixed media neon (worn here)
Necklace: Anthropologie tinsley strung (worn here - sim here, here, pricey here)
Bracelets: F21 & Asos pyramid stretch (sim here, here, rose here, stacked here)
Outfit inspired by Dea.

52 comments:

  1. You are too cute Lisa! I was loving your outfit and kept thinking: I wire something like this recently, LOL! It looks great on you.
    And you know, I've definitely thought about this very same topic, but I don't think I documented the really questionable outfits on my blog. What I do notice though, it's the evolution of my outfits and how they also reflect what was going on in my life and who/what I was influenced by.

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    1. I think it is fun when I look back through outfits without even reading the post and thinking "oh that when I ..." or "that was the day that ..."
      In a way it is like memories through outfits!

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  2. I didn't start following your blog till recently but from those old pics, I think you gotta give yourself more credit! I don't think any of your old outfits are nearly as bad as you think they are!

    I'm a new blogger but hopefully I won't look back on my outfit choices in a year and think, 'I wore THAT'? :)

    -Sharon

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    1. I think part of the personal "horror" was that my hair used to BAD frizzy - you can kind of tell in the two pants shots. Thank goodness for longer hair and hair products!

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  4. Call me crazy, but I actually LOVE the capris, tee, and floral cardigan. I would and will take inspiration from that look!

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    1. Aw, thanks much. I think it is definitely true that we see ourselves so much more critically than others see us. When I look at that pic, I see bad frizzed out hair and unflattering pants!

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  5. Oh my have things changed since this begining! This is a link to my second outfit post in 2009, http://sequinissues.blogspot.com/2009/02/flight-attendant-jacket.html. Not only was I wearing an ill fitting blazer, in a poor photo but frankly I wasn't sure just what I wanted to blog about at that time. Now I blog about what I want, and I take pictures that I enjoy taking. My how things have changed since we first started!

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    1. I remember wearing a shrunken knit jacket (cropped, 3/4 sleeves) to the office a few years back and I got made fun of for wearing stuff that was too little for me - not mean comments, but good-natured "fat guy in a little coat" jabs. Then a co-worker gal wore a cap-sleeved shrug to work and didn't hear the end of that either - I think it is partly because boys don't know fashion! ;o)

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  6. My blog post yesterday was about how my style has changed over the years, too. Hi five! LOL :) I really do love pants on you. Those bracelets and necklace are to DIE for. Such a great combo. I scored at Forever 21 last night on bracelets, too, but I wish I had seen this post yesterday b/c I REALLY love those bracelets on you. Another fab outfit!

    http://bestdressedinthenest.tumblr.com/

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/RobynsNestBoutique

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    1. I like to joke that if someone ever robbed our house, he'd leave all the jewelry because they're not worth anything. Might be true but I love all my fun inexpensive pieces - plus I don't have to worry about banging them around. F21 has got some awesome cheap jewelry stuff!

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  7. ohhh your bag is so cool! lovely and fun outfit!

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  8. I've only been blogging for about 5 months, and I already have early outfits I cringe at! That and the quality of the photos....shudder. But it's made my style evolve so much, so I think it's been worth it :)
    www.saysskippy.blogspot.com

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    1. Yeah, I am glad I can look back and know that my style has evolved some - thanks goodness!

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  9. You look amazing! I love this whole outfit. Very refreshing in the dead of winter!

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  10. Amazing outfit! I just started blogging 2 months ago so I don't have enough " inventory" pics to look back on. Hopefully, a year from now, I would look back and say " wow, I dressed myself well!" instead of " oh my, what was I thinking?"

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  11. Love the bag, it is so cute! The pink pants are a great pop of color :)

    So I went through my older posts, and found this outfit: http://whatjesslikes.blogspot.com/2010/12/orange-you-glad-its-thursday.html

    I like the outerwear, but why on earth did I go for that cardigan and button it all up? That would be my "what on earth was I thinking" moment. I hope I am better then that now!

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    1. We're our own worst enemies, aren't we?

      And I am jealous you got the compeer dress when it was out - I wish-washed too much over it and lost out!

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  12. Actually, I don't cringe at these looks! I totally agree with you though. My style has definitely changed since blogging and for the better, I feel. My early outfits were lacking something important--smile (i.e. confidence) and interesting backgrounds. I have to say that if nothing else, my photos at least are much, much better than when I first started blogging. I LOOOOOOOOOVE this look on you Lisa. the trousers are so cute and perfect with the top and accessories.

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  13. First, I'm going to need you to send that necklace to me. It is just fabulous!! Second, I remember when you didn't like to post your face, so I love that you put yourself out there.. And finally, I feel like my style at the start of my blog was similar to yours in that it wasn't quite as bold and experimental. I take a lot more chances when dressing these days.

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  14. Lisa, you are just too funny girl! LOL at digging up old shit. I can't share anything, because I don't do outfit posts (yet!) LOL You're a fab fashionista girl! Out of all the blogs I read, I love your style the most. I think I've told you that before, but sometimes it's good to hear again. I love your taste in fashion! Great color jeans. Coral is so IN! Have a wonderful evening.
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  15. Love the proportion of that sweater and your accessories. It's so amazing to see how you've developed and refined your style! :)

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  16. i still hate most of my outfits, but i do it all for fun and also as a growing exercise. i figure that future-me will look back someday and be more appreciative of the things i have and also be able to tell the difference between wht's necessary and what's not. :) i have always adored your style and how it is ever changing, yet not over the top. you give us readers ideas and make our minds believe in the potential of our own closets. so cheesy, but it's true!

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    1. My wallet wishes I could sometimes believe in the potential of my own closet! ;o)

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    2. your wallet might not like you, but we do! haha!

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  17. Oh boy. If I could go through my archives with a blowtorch, I'd be very happy.. as for worst offenders, this outfit has to rank: http://alltumbledown.blogspot.com/2010/12/got-you-for-eighteen-years.html. Ouch.

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    1. Hey you were doing a style remix challenge then - so I think you did pretty good!

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  18. Oh my gosh Lisa, I've only been blogging for the past two months and I feel like I'm already cringing at the stuff I post. In fact, I've had a outfit post for three weeks, that I keep putting off posting because I think I look so crazy. WHAT WAS I THINKING? - type of outfit!

    I like that it's a constant evolution and we're always experimenting.
    One thing I'm guilty of is being a bit OCD about my wardrobe. I try to wear every single garment I own before I repeat a piece of clothing. This is good because it allows me to justify all the stuff I have but it's bad because once I start getting near the end of the rotation and all I have left is a green blazer, polka dot blouse and purple jeans, I tend to put together some nutty looks. :S

    xoxo
    www.natashafatah.blogspot.com

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    1. For some reason it took me a while to be OK with not posting an outfit everyday - sometimes I don't have time, or sometimes I just plain don't think my outfit is blog-worthy. So I don't blog it - hopefully end of cringe-worthy moments (for now ...)

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  19. Forgive me for not digging through my archives, but trust me, there would be too many cringe-worthy outfits to decide on! Sometimes I go to Pinterest and see what outfits others have "liked" and I'm actually surprised at the ones that got pinned. I suppose we're our own worst critics?

    I do think that I find it easier to mix and match for outfits now with a bigger wardrobe. There are less instances where I stand in front of my closet thinking to myself, "if only I had a blue X to go with this green Y" because voila, I do have both! My wallet doesn't share this happiness though, lol!

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    1. And yet, do you still get those moments when you stare at your full closet but can't get that wishlist item out of your mind? Like, "oh I have nothing to wear, if only I got that then I could pair it with this, and this, and this, and my wardrobe would be complete!"

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    2. That goes without saying ;) Oh the dilemmas of being a girl!

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  20. I am approaching my one year blog anniversary and I am amazed at how far I have come. For instance:

    http://myoutfitsandstuff.blogspot.com/2011/02/blue-and-black-and-tired.html

    Ew! I am like you and blogging and finally showing my face has made me really put more effort into hair, makeup, and accessories. It makes a big difference in your appearance!

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    1. Back in the day I used to take my outfit pics while my hair was still wet and wrapped in a towel! I definitely make more of an effort now, but I still don't have to time most mornings to whip out the curling iron!

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  21. Hi Lisa! Cute outfit and great accessories. Haha, I know what you mean about the evolving outfit archives. Discovering your style is such a fun experience though isn't it?

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  22. Oh I look back all the time and can't believe I posted some of the stuff I posted...and that still happens sometimes now hahaha! I love your necklace and bag!

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  23. Haha, great post, I love the way you write and that's good you're wearing skirts and hitting your goals accesorizing more. You look so pretty in these pants. My blog has definitely changed since my first months. I learned to write less and get a better quality camera. That always help. hehe.

    Your story about you seeing animals for the first time made me laugh. hehe, probably how I was when I first saw the city.

    xoDale
    http://www.savvyspice.net/

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    1. Getting a better quality camera is definitely on my wishlist - I had one in mind already but too many opinions from friends and family have left me bewildered!

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  24. I love that top and necklace! I like how its a poncho - quite unique :) I have been blogging for about 6 months now and loving it ~ but haven't yet had a chance to look through the archives for shock horror outfits... maybe once it gets to a year I should really do that!

    katattack2000.wordpress.com

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    1. Yeah, perhaps we should do a "biggest misses" recap instead of the standard "greatest hits," haha!

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  25. I feel that once I started posting up my outfits, I actually take time to really SEE what I am wearing. I know we all have those days where we can't care any less, but still, all the other days we're subconsciously thinking about what works and what doesn't. I think fashion blogging is a way for people to try new things after seeing it on someone else and learning to be braver to try out new styles and accessories.

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    Justine

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    1. I know what you mean. When I look at myself in the mirror in the morning, it is really just to check to make sure all my buttons are done, my shirt is tucked, etc. I don't SEE the full picture. Taking pictures for the blog has helped me see the whole of what I am putting together - and admittedly on days I don't post it's because I either think an outfit is too boring or I've glanced at the pics and realized the ensemble doesn't really work (unfortunately for most of those days, I don't have time to change ...)

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  26. Lisa,
    You read my mind. I started blogging maybe 3 or 4 months ago, and was telling my husband last night that I think I may stop because I feel that most of the stuff I post is cringeworthy the next day. But I will tell you this: it sure as heck helps me realize what is flattering and what is not. And that I need a new photographer (sorry, hubs!) So what's a little shame in exchange for a learning experience? ;-)

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    1. I think if I were to stop blogging, I make consider to take outfit pics of myself because it does help me get an entire sense of what I've put together and I can see it in a way that I somehow can't by looking in a mirror.

      And you at least have a photog! My BF has no patience to take outfit pics for me, plus his camera skills are pretty terrible!

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  27. Lisa I love your sweater! In the first pic I liked it and then the sleeves...adorable!!

    So I was looking back through some archives and honestly, I can't find anything that makes me cringe. Even if I have something I wouldn't wear anymore I just smile because at the time I LOVED IT and I was figuring out my style! I think style blogging just makes you more aware of the changes we go through!

    For the record, I don't think any of your looks are failures but I notice that the "Lisa" element is missing from all of them, I think you've made great strides at developing your signature looks!

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  28. What a fabulous sweater! Your style has definitely been evolving for the better!

    My problem right now is that I feel like I am in a bit of a rut. I guess I know what looks good on my body (being 4 decades old, I better) but since I am also trying to curb my spending I am having a hard time styling old things in new ways.

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    1. Nerdy as this sounds, I have a small notebook at home where I write in outfit ideas, because sometimes they just come up out of the blue. They may or may not work in real life, but it's usually more interesting than what I would typically come up with each morning while I am bleary-eyed and staring at my closet!

      I've also heard of other bloggers who invited their friends to their closets and asked them to put together outfits - new perspective!

      I get in style ruts too (collared shirt under sweater with everything!), I may need to try the friends deal myself soon!

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  29. I think the point of getting your outfits photographed it's see what suits you and what doesn't ....so you need to have those "misses" to have more hits. You can have inspiration from other people but you have to make it yourself, you achieved that Lisa!

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  30. Regardless of how you might feel about some of your earlier looks, I took one look at the first picture in this post and thought "she looks like a fabulous celebrity on a winter vacation at the airport." Maybe it's the winter-white that always looks great, or your purse on your arm, but I was definitely inspired today!!

    - Lauren

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  31. Love your sweater and purse. Very cute outfit!! My worst outfit has to be the tragic colorful one I did with a bright wrap cardigan. I would delete the post, but it helps my stay realistic with my outfit choices..lol

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