I love perusing a variety of style blogs for my continuing daily sartorial education – inspiration for a different way to wear a piece I currently own, insight on how some new items may fit a real person, ideas for unique outfit combinations, general camaraderie. But sometimes I may see a particularly out there ensemble and I wonder about the practicality of wearing that out in the world – who can wear a sheer dress to the office? does that person really trek the hills of San Fran in those 6” wooden platforms? how does that gal wear a mohair sweater and two armloads of blinged out bangles and not snag herself through the day?
I know there are loads of different style bloggers out there – ones who purely put together outrageous concoctions for their readers then go back to their daily lives and normal garb, and ones who show what they are really wearing for the day – good, bad or other. I obviously veer towards the latter group, because honestly I don’t have the brain power to put together trend-making ensembles nor the time in the mornings to change into completely different outfits.
However … I have "fudged" on certain things related to how you see me on my blog and what actually works for me in my real life. Here are some truths about my style blogging -
♠ Absolutely I will do stuff like wear my jacket on my shoulders because I’m pretty much always cold at work. However I only do this when I am sitting at my desk. If I’m outside, I am wearing my jacket (like arms through the arm holes wearing), and if I’m moving around indoors doing stuff, that jacket is over my chair and so I can avoid the whole strolling around like some visiting dignitary look.
♠ I do go bare-legged in the winter. Because winter in the SE is laughable most of the times, and because though I get cold often, my legs don’t seem to feel it. Though my toes do get cold, they are usually so smashed up in my shoes it makes no difference - ah, fashion.
♠ The bags I carry in my outfit shoots are the ones I carry for the day. I am ridiculously organized when it comes to the contents of my bags and I usually just have my wallet, keys, phone and cosmetic bag. If my bag is small, I totally am anal retentive and will switch to a smaller wallet. No purse in pic? Means I either haven't bothered to change it from last time and don't think it is a blogging match with my outfit, or I've also been known to shove my wallet and stuff right into my laptop bag for ease.
♠ I do wear the shoes in my pics to work. But I also am well aware of the days when I will be out and about and the ones where I’ll mostly be behind my desk. I have a pair of flats under my desk for unscheduled activities that I will d i e doing if I had to keep my sometimes awkwardly high heels on.
♠ You get to see my purses – you don’t get to see the giant laptop bag I also lug around.
♠ I usually throw my trench coat over whatever I’m wearing for extra warmth.
♠ My pics are normally taken at the beginning of each day – way before I am at my flat-headed and wrinkled "best" at 5pm.
♠ Sometimes I’ll take off some bracelets and/or rings through the day if I have to do a lot of computer work – I can’t stand to have my jewelry banging and clanking around all the time!
♠ My office is business casual-casual so I can get away with wearing jeans, shorts, minis. But I typically only wear Bermuda-length shorts to work and will only do minis with dark tights and on days I know I don’t have any customer or executive interaction.
So here's a nutshell and there I am. Are there any style blog photo liberties that you take between what you show on the blog versus what you really wear out into the world? Are there some items that you can't believe bloggers would actually wear out to more than do photo shoots in?
Sweater: J.Crew tippi (worn here - sim here)
Skirt: J.Crew no. 2 double serge wool (worn here - sim minty here, bluer here)
Jacket: J.Crew tweed khaki (worn here - sim plaid here, solid here)
Necklace: J.Crew resin colorblock (worn here - sim dark pricey here, here)
Bracelet: Sweet Auburn Studio via Etsy (worn here - sim pricey here)
Shoes: Zara cap-toe court (worn here - sim here, slingback here, luxe here)