You think this has nothing to do with you. You go to your closet and you select ... that lumpy blue sweater, for instance because you're trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But what you don't know is that that sweater is not just blue, it's not turquoise, it's not lapis. It's actually cerulean ... That blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs and it's sort of comical how you think that you've made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you're wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room from a pile of "stuff."
- Miranda Priestley, The Devil Wears Prada (film)
Putting this outfit was a bit of a moment for me, as I've realized that I haven't really dressed in this style for almost half a year now. I am not sure if that is a sign of me maturing sartorially or my tastes are just different now.
I do sometimes wonder how much of my fashion choices are influenced by forces outside of myself - magazines, retailers, style blogs - and as a gal who still considers herself trying to find her own style, I would think that I'm probably greatly influenced by others.
Through periods of last year I fell into full-on rhapsody over certain brands (hey, Anthropologie, I'm looking at you). I found myself falling for the sale cycle hype, buying pieces because they were popular, hunting and scavenging for things. Did I adore the brand? Of course - and still do. Did I get swept up into the fanaticism and make decisions that I probably wouldn't have on my own? Absolutely.
I think the Anthroholic scandal (you can read a pretty thorough recap of the happenings from JG here) was a rude awakening for me on how influenced I was on my style choices at the time. Granted I wasn't affected directly, but it left a bad taste in my mouth on how easily I went with the flow of things for the sake of fashion. Unfortunately I wasn't alone in the feeling, as in the aftermath a lot of my favorite style blogs decided to go dark.
So does this mean that between last fall and now that I've finally "found myself" and my more streamlined (I think) style? Or did I just end up finding another brand or style inspiration to emulate? Going back to Anthropologie as an example, I find myself buying less from the brand now because I don't listen to the hype over certain pieces or styles as much, and choose what I really like and would wear. I've since sold a lot of my older Anthro brand pieces on my blog sale.
But as I've been buying less Anthro, my purchasing at J.Crew and Zara have picked up. I'm all about trying new trends (hello neon!) that come up in pop culture. I've tried piling on the arm candy (do I blame Man Repeller or Atlantic-Pacific for that?). On occasion, I still find myself hunting items down that I've seen on another blogger or in a magazine.
What do you think about your own style choices? How influenced by others do you think your sartorial choices are? Is influence a bad thing or is that just part of the fun of fashionable experimentation?
Shirt: LEC gingham poplin (worn here - sim, sim)
Sweater: Gap (worn here - sim, sim, dotted)
Skirt: Parameter via Anthropologie apothecary (worn here - sim, as dress, pencil)
Brooches: blinkeye & lilywinkel via Etsy (worn here & here - sim, sim)
Shoes: Sam Edelman randall wedge (sim peep, floral)