I think it is great that style blogging exists so that a group of gals who adore fashion and dressing up can get together in a way that we may not be able to do in real day-to-day life. We often share and compare our daily outfits and inspire (and challenge) ourselves to find fresh ways of wearing an old basic or new combinations we never would have thought of before on our own.
I've said this over and over again, but style blogging has really let me blossom on the sartorial front and dress better than I think I would have on my own. 'Cause let's be honest, we dress for ourselves as much as we do for other women (because I think part of the fun of fashion is appreciating it).
So in these modern times when we can be a part of a community of like-minded individuals from literally all around the world, does the inspiration (and challenge) to "dress up" get amplified more than it should? Am I getting over-influenced and over-dressing?
In normal day-to-day style blog world, everyone gushes but no one really bats an eye over a boldly mixed pattern outfit (stripes on stripes! dots on dots! zigzags and floral!) Four-inch heels with a pair of shorts are normal casual wear. If you can wear one chunky necklace, why can't you layer them and wear two? My belt is going to match my shoes which match my purse which match my ... lipstick - victory!
But while we can flock together virtually, what happens when we venture our individually into the real world with our blog-best ensembles? Do we just look like we're trying too hard now?
Take my outfit today. I was really proud when I put this together because the cardi matched the shoes which matched the necklace. And the necklace had the perfect touch of pink to go with the belt. And my striped dress? Well shoot, it is a neutral! I think I look pretty darn good, but I am borderline on whether or not it all goes together too well, if you know what I mean.
If I had no inkling of style blogging, this outfit would have never happened, period. And that would have been sad, because I really enjoy this dress. If I wasn't planning to blog this outfit, honestly the necklace would have likely gone and been replaced by something simple in gold or silver (but visually in blogdom, the big scoop neck looks empty without anything else emphasizing the neck area). So is style blogging making me dress better because I am less afraid to accessorize with a bold necklace, or is it just making me make a good outfit into a little too much outfit?
I don't mind looking like I try - as I've mentioned before, dressing better makes me feel better. But -
How do you know when you think an ensemble has you looking like you're trying too hard? Do you think style blogging can make us go overboard sometimes on how we wear something? (Or are we just style bloggers because we like it when it is a little too much and that's why we blog as an outlet?)
Dress: Maeve by Anthropologie slate stripes (worn here - sim, sim, other color, hi-lo, luxe)
Cardigan: F21 (worn here - sim, v-neck, cashmere)
Necklace: Anthropologie ampay - now on sale (worn here - sim, sim)
Bracelets: J.Crew factory, Old Navy, Target (sim, sim, sim)
Belt: J.Crew embossed (worn here - sim, sim)
Shoes: Zara lined wedge - ankle straps tucked in (worn here - sim, sim, ankle strap)