09 March 2012

Dress for It

In the past few days, the thought has crossed my mind that I am one of those people who dress for their blog. Before I started blogging, I had been interested in fashion and shopping, but my personal style was yawn-worthy to say the least. I never looked laughable or plain sloppy, but I wasn't one to get noticed either. I dressed to blend.

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Having a style blog has really helped me get out of my comfort zone and not be afraid to experiment with fashion. I am inspired by the styles that you ladies have pulled together around me from a myriad of price and functionality points, and I strive to put together interesting but wearable ensembles to post on this blog.

Isn't it tedious to feel like I "have" to put something blog-able out almost daily? Sure, sometimes I can be less than creative when I have all of five minutes to be dressed and out the door, or sometimes I'll repeat an outfit I've posted before. Those are the days that I don't post, so no pressure. But on most days, I find it part of the fun to peruse my close and "style" myself.

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So yes, more so than for the BF, or for the people at the office, or for my girlfriends, or random people out on the street, I dress for my blog. For you ladies. I may not wear what I think you would want me to all the time, but when I think outside of myself, I end up with something bolder, prettier, adventurous, more put-together. And while idealistic college Me would roll her eyes at the idea that I would base my worth on how I look, real life working Me knows that makes a difference. Looking better makes me feel better about myself.

I'm still Lisa - and love me or hate me for being me - but Lisa-in-a-flippy-skirt-and-pretty-heels walks taller and has more fun than Lisa-in-a-plain-sweater-and-sensible-shoes. I am a bolder, more colorful and confident version of myself.

What do you ladies think? Who do you like getting dressed for? If you have a blog, does it affect what you choose to wear?

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Sweater: J.Crew old (worn here - sim, sim, striped)
Top: J.Crew fanfare (same print skirt, tunic)
Skirt: A/X old (worn here - sim, sim, sim)
Shoes: Sam Edelman kody (worn here - sim, flats, priceyluxe)
Bracelets: Target pearl, J.Crew bangle, F21 stud, Old Navy enamel (sim, sim, sim, sim)
Ring: c/o JewelMint (worn here - sim, sim)
Bag: J.Crew old (worn here - sim, sim, sim, cheeky)

52 comments:

  1. i love the colors of your outfit and yes,i dress for my blog too.
    i alway felt like i have a very boring style,but with the inspiration from all the blogs i feel i have gotten better and more adventures.
    good topic!

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  2. Love your outfit. Also love how you stack your bangles. I have always admired how people could stack them so nicely and effortlessly.

    I don't post my OOTD daily but whenever I feel like it, I would post one. I know exactly what you mean by dressing for your blog. I think it's a good thing as you could always be more adventurous in trying out different color combination and styling.

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    1. Normally I can't stand wearing more than 2-3 bracelets at a time because they bang against each other and it's a general annoyance. However, the pearls act like a buffer and kind of keep everyone in line!

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  3. You look great! I love those fun, bold colors! I too have had these same thoughts...while I like to think I dress for myself, and I do somewhat , I certainly dress for my blog. It's definitely helped me become a more bold dresser though too.

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  4. Loving the primary colors of this outfit, it really pops! I feel like having a fashion blog has forced me to put much more thought into what I wear and it's caused me to step out of my little fashion box. So while I do dress for my blog, I think it's a good thing. Have a wonderful weekend, Lisa!

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart

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  5. I love your ensemble! the mix of colors is so fantastic and makes me excited for spring!

    While I think my blog can motivate me to wear things occasionally (and definitely did more so when I first started posting outfits a few years back) I don't view it as a burden. Lately I don't have time to photograph my outfits on a daily basis especially at work. I guess that gives me excuses to repeat things if I'm going elsewhere and/or seeing different people.

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    1. Some outfits are just winners and deserve to be worn again. I repeat outfits too, but I don't necessarily blog about it - and that's perfectly fine too!

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  6. I think I've stayed pretty true to my style with my blog in all honesty. But I have gotten positive and negative feedback all the same. BUT I do save my "best" outfits for the days that I know more people will be reading my blog. I really admire your style Lisa and this look is no exception. I LOVE all the bright colors and nautical feel of it. I think that from what you described, you still dress like you--what you like, what you feel comfortable--but you take inspiration from others. I do that too and I personally think it is one of the biggest perks of blogging. Well done here girl! Have a great weekend!

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    1. Oh girl, I honestly admit I had no "Lisa style" prior to blogging. Closest thing I had were ill-fitting jeans and random beige suede block-toed boots.

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  7. I totally agree- I definitely dress for my blog now! And while blogging has definitely tempted shopping more often than before, it has also forced me to put together new outfits from old pieces and, like you said, step out of my comfort zone. I ADORE this outfit with all the pretty primary colors, and I envy your arm party!!

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    1. Yeah, I probably do shop more now than I used to before blogging ... but I did always love shopping, so I think it has been beneficial because I'm open to trying new brands and styles and also know better what works for me!

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  8. I love the fanfare print with the sweater and skirt. It works really well together. Having a blog forces me to dress up more and give thought to what I do wear. I love all the inspiration from you and other bloggers.

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  9. this week has been the exception - with only 12 people in the office i wore jeans and sneakers everyday (oops...). other than that, i do try to dress for my blog/dress more like my age and not just throw something on without thinking about it. people in my office have started noticing and complimenting me, so it feels good. :)

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  10. I had hoped to dress for my blog, to force me to make the effort but nop, still rarely pull it together!

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  11. very chic!!!
    kisses from prague
    have a wonderful day!
    http://sienastyle.blogspot.com/

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  12. It is not for whom, but for what... I have to dress for work.

    Please enter my giveaway here.

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  13. Lisa - I had to pin this for outfit inspiration. Love how you played with color and print here!
    I do dress for my blog, and I really enjoy it. Blogging has helped me start to approach getting dressed in a more playful, experimental way. And while I'm still looking for my style, I've put together an outfit or two that made me feel happy and more confident. :)

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  14. I definitely understand what you mean Lisa! Being a SAHW after working, the last couple of years have been probably inconsistent with styling. I'll go through periods of wearing what is comfortable (and normal in the 'burbs"), vs thinking it is just too plain to blog about, and not very photogenic outfits. I'll go through cycles, and currently in a mood to dress up still (casual but cute). I really does add that extra bounce in your step though. Dressing for your blog can actually make you feel prettier and sassier all day! :)

    xx Vivian @ http://diamondsandtulle.blogspot.com

    P.S. The yellow and blue print? Super photogenic! :D

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    1. When I started my blog, I was working from home. There literally were days when I spent the whole day in my bath robe and sweatpants. I finally got to the point where my own slobbiness was getting so ooooollld to me!

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  15. First, this outfit is simply smashing! You look great.

    But to answer your question, since I've abandoned my "personal style" blog and moved to a chillier climate I'm so very chic on a day to day basis. Sometimes I miss having the blog as a reason to experiment and step out there!

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  16. Lisa, you've expressed the very thoughts and changes that I've experienced since blogging. I can visualize the outfits that I used to wear and I've definitely worked my way out of my previous box and gotten a lot more adventurous with trying new color combos and trends. I love it!! I thoroughly subscribe to the thought that if you look good, you'll feel good. A great outfit always puts a pep in my step. :) That doesn't mean I always hit it out the park, but I try to make an effort.
    I love that fanfare tank. It looks great with the yellow. I was so close to buying that very same tank but decided not to. I have two blue/white tanks sitting in my drawer and I probably don't need a third even if it does have a cute print.

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    1. If the jules dress had the blue fanfare print, I would have been all over it!

      And I completely agree, I do act and feel more confident when I make an effort to look nice!

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  17. I'm on a fashion-blogging hiatus, but I found I loved getting dressed in new combinations so I could post about it. Sadly, I also found I was not wearing favorite ensembles as much because of "I've already posted that-itis"

    xox

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  18. Very well stated Lisa.....I agree with and echo your entire post ;) Your style has certainly evolved if you used to just dress to blend in. I adore your style and I have to say it even helps me play with print mixing more than I would on my own!

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  19. The blog definitely affects my outfit choices but it doesn't totally dictate them. I do sometimes start to put on a completely blah outfit and decide to do better just because of the blog. Then there are those days when I just can't deal with it. Yes, those are the days I don't even take an outfit photo. Overall the blog has made me more confident in my ability to dress myself well and have fun with clothes.

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  20. Love the colors you put together, very cute outfit.

    I've tried to kick it up a notch, since starting my blog while staying true to how I usually dress. All the ladies in blogland inspire me to be more creative. There are times when I have in mind a Good Outfit and I don't wear it that day because I'm in too big of a hurry to take a pic. Just like dressing for friends and coworkers, I'm also dressing for my blog buddies. :) But the difference is once posted, it's captured forever so I tell myself it better be a pretty good one. ;)

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    1. The fun part of that is that we now have a psuedo outfit gallery to go back on - it's kind of fun to look back through my old outfits for inspiration (or some good laughs) sometimes!

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  21. i love this outfit that blue top is such a gorgeous blue color!!!

    i TOTALLY know what you mean.. i use to wear head to top black not like dowdy.. i would still wear cute shoes or a cute bag or whatever.. but i didn't realize how hum drum it was until i started photographing it!!! now i'm obsessed with color :p

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  22. I love dressing up for other people but also for myself and sometimes my blog :) It really depends on my mood~!!

    katattack2000.wordpress.com

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  23. Honestly, no. I don't dress for the blog. My outfits are really what I would wear if the blog disappeared tomorrow and are still the same whether I get a chance to photograph them or not. Most days lately, I am home when it is dark and feel to crumpled to take outfit pics even if I am loving what I wore. I work with fashion and apparel everyday of my life so being "dressed" is important.
    Wanna know a secret?
    Getting dressed for work again feels simply amazing although months of sweats was nice too!

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    1. Oh if I could be in an environment where it was socially acceptable to wear sweats for corporate meetings, that'd be fantastic, haha!
      I think now if my blog were to disappear, I'd keep up "dressing up" because it's fun and I've learned to be more adventurous with myself - however, if I had never started blogging, I may still be living in the world of "yaaaawn" outfits!

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  24. I dont have a blog, but am inspired to dress more creatively because of the blogs. I look to blogs for inspiration rather than fashion magazines.

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    1. Me too! Much more realistic (at price points I could afford too)!

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  25. I love your blog! But definitely no pressure =)

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  26. The combination of colors and shapes in your outfit are very flattering, and also make it interesting - but without screaming HEY I'M OVER HERE, LOOK AT ME! Nice.

    To an extend, I think blogging has influenced the expression of my personal style. I think it's more fun to play with clothes, post the product, and then view it as if looking at oneself as an outsider. This approach has helped me to gain more understanding of what works for me, what definitely goes into the consignments pile, and also where there are gaps in my wardrobe.

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    1. I get what you mean. Even seeing myself in a picture versus glancing at the mirror is different and allows me to really see my outfit and the fit of everything better. It definitely has helped me figure what works for me and what doesn't.

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  27. I feel the same way about walking taller and feeling better when I dress up for my blog, haha. I love the pattern on that top and the blue and yellow just make it look so springy and fun!

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  28. Just wanna say how much I enjoy reading your blog, even bugged my sis to read it and now, there are 2 more people who's hooked to your posts:p Could not agree more with this one...:)

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  29. Lisa, I share your thoughts.:) Blogging does cahnge the way we dress. In a beginning I posted pretty much everyday, felt I had to get the outfit out of my system. Then there was a time I did not want to do it anymore, had a second kid, life was hectic, so I posted sporadically. Now I do it whenever I feel like it. You'll find your rhythm. Your blog is adorable, keep going at whichever speed you prefer.

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    1. Thanks, girl! I know, in the beginning I posted nearly every day and it got to the point where I felt like I was forcing posts and "cute" outfits out. That's no fun. Now I really only post when I want to and have the time to and I find that I want to more now.

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  30. I think I still dress the same way as I dressed before I started blogging. I post a lot of reviews which frees me from doing OOTDs. If I lump few outfits together I don't feel I have to always be creative. And I try to stick with what I normally wear because I don't want to enable anybody to think that they have to always buy something new to look stylish.

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    1. One thing I adore about this blog community are the reviews! It's so nice to get a real person's opinion on a new item in terms of fit, material, etc. I do a lot of online shopping and it really helps me determine my size since our fave retailers seem to enjoy changing sizing around a lot of times!

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  31. ha- totally! I think blogging just challenges you to keep being creative, but also throwing a lot of inspiration your way through other folkses blogs (aka respect the shoes)!

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    1. Thanks, girl! Absolutely - fella bloggers are my current biggest fashionable inspiration!

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  32. Great outfit again! :)
    Simona
    www.simimaus.blogspot.com

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  33. Gorgeous outfit! I love the beautiful mix of colors (red, blue, yellow and white) and patterns. Lisa that yellow jacket is BEAUTIFUL and I love the shape of your skirt (inverted tulip). You do your own thing! I can appreciate that.
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  34. loving the wrist full of bracelets!! Please come check out our new online jewelry shop where everything is under $20! Too Much Soul.com xx judging by your edgy style, i think you'd like some of our stuff!

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  35. I do the same most of the time :)
    Thank you for dressing for us. I love your style!

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  36. I love this color combo - and that blouse is SO pretty :)

    Annie
    The Other Side of Gray

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