23 August 2012

The Perfect Blogger Ensemble?

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).

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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?

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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 If I wasn't planning to blog this outfit, honestly the necklace would have likely gone and been replaced by something simple in gold or silver (but visually in blogdom, the big scoop neck looks empty without anything else emphasizing the neck area).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?)

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Dress: Maeve by Anthropologie slate stripes (worn here - sim, sim, other color, hi-loluxe)
Cardigan: F21 (worn here - sim, v-neck, cashmere)
Necklace: Anthropologie ampay - now on sale (worn here - simsim)
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, simankle strap)

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  1. i blog as an outlet but i am now catching myself putting more bracelets on in real life than i normally would. :) you look lovely in this outfit! love the colours! xox P

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    1. And you know what, there's nothing wrong with stacking up more bracelets as long as you don't turn into jingly bells when you walk down the street! And shoot, if you want to be jingle bells, rock it! ;o)

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  2. Great post Lisa. I am definitely bolder now after reading style blogs, it's a good thing! It's all for fun and I think having like-minded friends is a real confidence booster.
    And yes I think this is a SUPER outfit!

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  3. Lisa, I swear you must have been in my head because I was just thinking about this very same topic and wanted to explore this idea in a future post. I definitely think this whole "blogging thang" has changed the way I dress in my day to day. Also, just picked up that necklace and love the cheerfulness it brings to any outfit.

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    1. I would love to read your thoughts on this topic - sometimes I have trouble putting all the jumble of thoughts together into words that make sense, haha.

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  4. I love that dress! I've always been into bold colors and patterns...but blogging has made me mix these things more, that is for sure!

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  5. Love that dress, and love those colors together!

    Annie
    The Other Side of Gray

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  6. I love this dress, but I do agree sometimes when I walk outside I wonder if people are confused/intrigued about my outfit! At least we have our little community!

    Amy

    Leopard and Lillies

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    1. You're right - otherwise, I would have a bunch of clothes I never wear!

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  7. love the dress, and those shoes are awesome!
    i agree with u blogging can really improve ur personal style.
    u become more braver in combining, and trying new thing so it's always a plus ;)

    xx

    asteria-sparkle.blogspot.com

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  8. I loooove your outfit...must be all the teal. :)

    I often feel like an outfit I've put together for my blog feels like I'm trying to hard. Definitely that I wouldn't wear it if it weren't for the blog. And I'll admit there are times I've photographed something, and then I've changed before I left the house. It's weird, but possibly a sign that I should only be dressing in a way that makes me feel comfortable when I go out in the world. At the same time, having a blog makes me think about what I wear and how I wear it...otherwise I might end up in sweats all the time. :P

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    1. Part of me wonders if I am trying too hard, but then another part of me wonders if I am not just challenging myself to dress outside of my comfort zone in a good way. And I was working from home when I first started my blog - and I totally was wearing sweats all the time!

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  9. I love all the colors! I also really like the blogging community and seeing how stylish ladies like yourself dress up every day :-)

    Maria
    Dainty and Decadent

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  10. It's so funny, I just had this conversation with a girlfriend. For us, personally, we'd rather look like we're not trying at all than look like we're trying too hard. I think it depends on your aesthetic and your context. You definitely look like you're trying...I wouldn't say you were trying too hard! I think especially as we women transition out of our college years and into "the real world," it's appropriate to look more put-together and polished. Especially if you have a 9-5 job and work in a professional work environment. It's different for me, however. I work in a restaurant as a cook...so I keep it pretty casual in my day to day dress, plus, I'm into a more pared-down, tomboyish look anyway. I LOVE fashion though, and have a lot more clothes than I get a chance to wear. I love your style even though it's different from mine. I think the best part of fashion is that it allows you to express your individuality and personality through clothes. I don't think I could pull off the outfits that Atlantic-Pacific girl wears...they may work for her lifestyle but not for mine! Love to look though..and ditto with your blog.

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    1. It's actually easier for me to get dressed during the week when I have to "get dressed." I actually have a really hard time getting dressed casually for the weekend - it is hard to look like I'm not really trying! ;o)

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  11. I definitely think blogging motivates me to dress in a way that is still very much "me" but with a bit more... umph. Like one of the other commenters said, maybe I'll put on extra accessories or try something that I might have been too timid to try like mixing prints.

    This outfit is super cute and I love how you accessorized it. Thank goodness for blogs!

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  12. I definitely think there is a tendency in fashion blogs to over-dress or over-accessorize or over-think it because you know that you'll be putting your outfit pictures online. I don't necessarily think that's a bad thing, though; it can cause you to be more creative and have more fun with your clothes. You just need to strike the right balance so that you don't go overboard. And that balance is different for each person.

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    1. This reminds me of the comment that Jan Russell made earlier - as bloggers we are kind of like "model homes" - we want to be ourselves but just a bit more, because we're intentionally putting ourselves out there.

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  13. I definitely think my style has evolved since I started blogging and it's all because of stylish girls like you posting your outfits that give me inspiration. I try not to go too crazy with my outfits, but a lot of times I do feel over-dressed, but that's just the way I am! I say wear what you love and people should love you for being you!

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  14. Well, this is one of my favorite outfits of yours, ever, love it from head to toe - so I hope it's not overdone! It looks perfectly gorgeous to me! I think bloggers outfits are like going through a model home - you are all ooooh,ahhhh,it's SO NICE because it is DONE UP!

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    1. You are hilarious - and I think you're totally right too. Style bloggers are kind of like model homes, because if we all wear oversized tee and flip flops, what's the inspiring?

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  15. Let's just take a moment to remember that back in the day, it was socially unacceptable to step out of your house without full hair and makeup, nylons, probably a fur coat. Why are shitty yoga pants and a ratty tee somehow okay now? I think trying a little hard and OWNING the look might be the impetus for someone else in your sphere to try just a little harder, which, as you mentioned, might just make them feel a little better by looking a little better. Being intentional, thoughtful, and creative in your wardrobe is never a bad thing.
    Overly stylized imitation of "high fashion" in real-girl land might be pushing it though. I think if you've contemplated wearing a flower crown to the office, you've found "the line."
    Awesome post today, Lisa, and a truly lady-like outfit to go along.

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    1. Laughed out loud at your "flower crown to the office" line.

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    2. As much as I do appreciate a good sweatshirt and pair of comfy jeans, I do wish most people would make more of an effort to look nice. I remember going to the symphony when I lived in the SW a few years ago and BF and I got all gussied up, then there were people there in jeans and tees.

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  16. I've found that blogging motivates me to try a little harder when it comes to getting dressed, but as I've always had a love for fashion and style, I in no way see this as a bad thing. When I put together an outfit I'm really happy with, it gives my self confidence a little boost, so instead of feeling like I'm trying too hard I end up feeling more confident. As I've gotten older, I've realized that fashion and looking polished can enhance my personality and help me show that to the public. Sure, blogging may have us pushing the envelope a little and putting some more effort into getting dressed everyday, but I don't see it as a bad thing. My general rule is that if I feel I'm only wearing something for blog sake, then it might be too much for me. There's a fine line between styling for you and styling for the blogosphere, but I think you're doing a great job of walking that line! Your fashion is an inspiration, keep up the good work and don't feel overdone. :)

    Stephanie

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    1. One thing I do enjoy about dressing up is feeling better about myself, so in that respect, blogging has definitely helped me. And thanks for your kind words!

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  17. i LOVE this post! i TOTALLY dress up WAAAAAAAY more now than i EVER used to and it's all because of my blog. sometimes i play things up for my pics and tone it down when actually leaving the house.

    btw...i think this outfit is PERFECT so i hope you wore it exactly as is!!!

    xoxo, jenn
    the stylish housewife

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  18. I LOVE this outfit!!!! That necklace is one of my all time favorites. And, I think that blogging has helped me create outfits that I never would have put together on my own.

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  19. Lisa I am glad that you like this outfit because I love it too! You look great! I totally get where you are coming from because sometimes I leave my house and feel awesome. Then I get to work and/or out in public and realize everyone is staring at me like I'm wearing a robe out in public. Then I realize--oh yeah, I work in a law office. And live in Colorado. These people don't appreciate stripes and flowers the way that I do. But I still feel awesome because I know that there are others who do appreciate it. And that's worth it I think. I love your style. This look is a great one. I love the dress and the cardigan (and how it matches your shoes perfectly!).

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    1. Oh wait a minute, there can't possible be people in this world who don't appreciate stripes!!! ;o)

      Well, maybe ex-cons, they probably don't like stripes. Or the Hamburglar, he may be ready for an outfit change ...

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  20. Your outfit is so cute...I love the teal and coral accents with the stripes!

    My style has certainly changed and evolved since blogging and getting inspiration from other bloggers. And I'm sure it will continue to evolve. My philosophy has always been that it's better to be overdressed than undressed, no matter the occasion. Sometimes I do see outfits from other bloggers and think, "whoa, that outfit is OUT there!" and I'd probably be mortified if I saw someone wearing it on the street. But that's what style is about...expressing ourselves the way we want to through clothes, whether other people love it or hate it.

    -Sharon
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    1. I can't find the exact words, but I remember a quote I read from stylist Rachel Zoe a while ago about being dressed up - she said something like, what's the worst that can happen if you're over-dressed? Then you're just the best-dressed person in the room. I think I have that playing in the back of my head somewhere when I put together outfits - part of me may ask, is this too much? but then another is like, so what?!

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  21. I just love your charm and wit and gosh darn it do you mean to tell me people may think we try too hard?!? ;) this dress of yours is a great piece and you rock it.
    I guess I feel like I'm trying too hard if I'm self conscious in an outfit, asking, "is this too loud or crazy?!?"

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  22. *that should say underdressed not undressed, LOL!

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  23. that's good though right?? forces you to be extra fancy today..and I bet you feel as fabulous as you look...

    Rosalyn
    www.just2fancy.com

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  24. Lve your whole outfit!

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  25. That's a very good point1 To be honest, sometimes I feel I'm over-dressed and that started happening only after I started blogging, but then again, I'm happy that my sense of style has evolved so much through blogging!
    BTW, love what you are wearing, coral and teal on a neutral background look amazing! Kudos to you and all the style bloggers out there!
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    Juneli from Fashionably Yours

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    1. If I hadn't started blogging, who knows how long it would have taken me to figure out this "belting" thing, haha.

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  26. The dress is adorable and I love the pops of color of the accessories you chose :)

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  27. I love how the stripes go every-which-way. So fun! And the teal and coral make for the perfect pop.

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  28. Lisa! I was just thinking about it this morning when I was getting dress. Am I choosing this as a blog outfit or as a Maca-in-real-life outfit? It was weird thinking that way because I do want the blog to represent who I am in real life but we edit ourselves daily, choosing what we say or do in certain situations for appropriateness and maybe it's the same with clothes. I came to the conclusion that if it makes me feel good and I like it enough to wear, then I will (blog or no blog). I think I'm ok with looking like I'm *trying* as long as it makes me feel good and pretty :)

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    1. I sometimes wonder that myself - and I think you're right, the important thing is whether or not WE like what WE wear.

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  29. My style has definitely changed since I started blogging. I took outfit photos for about five months before I actually launched my blog. At the time, I thought I was being creative, but now I look back at photos from last summer and can't believe how simple — and yeah, sometimes boring — those outfits are.

    I'm not sure my increasing tendency to pile more on is entirely a result of blogging, though. Last year, I had just started wearing accessories and had a very small collection of them. Then there's also the fact that you need to start going more "out there" with combinations and accessories in order to put together something new every day, and I'm naturally getting more comfortable with bolder dressing. But some of it is definitely due to blogging. I want to try things I see on other bloggers, and I don't want to be boring, either for myself or the few readers that I have.

    I rarely receive comments on my outfits, and I don't pay any attention to whether people are looking at me on the street, so I really have no idea how I come off to people with no exposure to this corner of the Internet. If I look like a try-hard, so be it. I'm having fun.

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    1. I sometimes go back to old posts of mine and am aghast at my style (or lack of) way back when. It is actually kind of fun to go through the "times" and see how my style has evolved and continues to evolve. Style blogging for me has definitely inspired me to try things that I probably would not have on my own - but I agree, the important thing is whether or not we're having fun doing this!

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  30. Agreed! Blogging makes me think about my clothes even more than I already did, and putting new combinations together inspired by other bloggers. I love it! Cute look and great thoughts!

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  31. I think when something works it just...works, none of the elements overpowers the other. This is a great example. But there's definitely the worry of overdoing it! I like that statement about taking one thing away from your outfit before walking out the door, though in practice I rarely do it!

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    1. I think I am still trying to find my balance with accessorizing. I often don't think do enough, and then sometimes worry that I totally overdo it. When I start wearing two armfuls of bangles from wrist to elbow, someone stop me! ;o)

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  32. I think this outfit is adorable. Its so hard to be original in this blogging world :)
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  33. Oh Lisa, funny that you talk about I have a post on similar topic although I am going the other direction. I think your outfit is fun and it works for you. I personally would have removed the necklace but like I said, I am having a 'minimal' moment.

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    1. I personally aspire to that timeless chic woman who can wear a button-down and jeans and look stylish regardless of whether I am 25, 35, 45, or 55. I guess I am just not there yet myself because that is not what draws my eye when I shop or put together outfits. But like you mentioned, our style is ever-evolving and sometimes we want a little more and sometimes a little less.

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  34. I love the dress! Sometimes I like to be matchy and other times I like to feel more haphazard. Another great post...I think you being so well put together in the real world is probably very inspiring to the everyday woman:)
    -amy
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  35. Interesting, I've never really thought about style blogging that way before. I think that it's more about how you feel. If you feel like you're trying too hard, most likely you'll feel somewhat uncomfortable, and that may come through. But if it just means taking more risks, I think that's a good thing, when you like the results. I am guilty, though, of not blogging looks that I don't deem "blog-worthy". Does that make me less honest? Hmmm. Anyway, for the record I LOVE the way this outfit came together, and I don't think it's "too much" at all!

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    1. I don't blog outfits that I don't deem worthy either - shoot, who wants to see me in my Sunday grubbies going to Waffle House for breakfast, haha!

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  36. Great post! And what food for thought. I think I'm going to give up blogging about clothes/fashion, I really don't care for either, I just wanted in on the blogging lark and didn't know how else to do it.

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    1. You always have the best observations about things regardless if it about fashion or a recent holiday or the news or anything - I love your razor-sharp wit and timing!

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  37. I loved reading this, Lisa! Never thought about it this way before. I think with my blog, I just style my outfits the same way I normally do, and always have..the only difference is that now I am photographing them. Sometimes they are a little bit more well put together, but that's because I'm going to an event versus just going to dinner with my husband. But fashion has always been a huge part of my life, and I don't plan my outfits around my blog, I just let the blog follow my outfits :)
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    Allison
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    1. You rock, girl. My sis is the same way - she dresses with such style and ease in all her outfits - work or casual - and I think if she had a blog, she wouldn't change a thing because she wouldn't need to!

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  38. In a perfect world, I think we should dress in a way that pleases ourselves, and makes us comfortable, not in a way to impress or please others. Of course, we are all susceptible to trying to project a certain image or fit a certain mold. Still, I think it's well worth it experiment and be adventurous with our style. Even so, I try to go with my instincts. If something doesn't feel right, I don't wear it! :)

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    1. I think I'm getting more and more comfortable getting dressed and being dressed up - but I have to admit, sometimes going through old outfit archives, I'm like, I can't believe I left the house like that, that outfit was over-doing it! ;o)

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  39. Wow, you really hit the nail on the head with this issue...aha, very thought provoking! I'll admit I've fallen prey to overdressing at time just for a blog-worthy outfit, but lately I've taken to more relaxed looks since I've decided to just be real. I love fashion, but I also have to be comfortable with what I'm wearing no matter where I go.
    Love this outfit you've put together, the necklace and matching shoes and cardi are just so awesome with that dress :)

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  40. Love the styling of this outfit. You look great.

    PS: I'm hosting a giveaway at my blog today for Sedwick Studios, hope you enter! http://www.underlockandkeyblog.com/2012/08/sedwick-studio-giveaway.html

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  42. @Keyl took the words right out of my... head? fingers? I ADORE fashion, but work from home, have 6 rescue animals I care for, and often get quite messy around the property. I have WAAAAY more clothes than I could ever need, but I just can't help myself when I see something lovely, perfect for me, would fill a "fashion hole" in my closet (though admittedly there are VERY few of those!), AND is on sale. I used to be quite timid and like a wall flower in my daily dress, but since discovering all the wonderful bloggers out there, I have become much more creative and bold in my color choices. Sometimes I get "the look" from the boyfriend. Ex-military for 20 yrs, he believes your belt and shoes should match, etc. Sometimes he thinks I've lost a screw, not just that one's loose. If I catch him looking on the floor of the closet for it one day, he's gonna git it! In the end, I want to just say, "Thanks", for your blog. It's one of the few I read regularly.

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    1. Thanks much, BDH! I started this blog as a way to help myself dress better because at that point I loved fashion myself but was working from home in a brand new city and literally had days progress where I didn't change out of my PJs or wore grubbies all day. Blogging's definitely helped me get out of my fashion funk and start wearing some of those clothes that I have and really get out there!

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  43. I DO think some style bloggers go overboard, whether it be with accessories, too much pattern mixing, or trying to be too over-the-top. However, I would never voice my opposition, because I think that if someone is brave enough to post their outfits on the internet for all the world to see, who am I to judge negatively? So I try to be supportive at all times, regardless of whether their style goes against my own personal style. I haven't experienced the "I'm trying too hard" vibe yet myself...but then again I'm pretty conservative so while I think other styles are too crazy, some people probably think my classic style is too boring! To each her own! :)
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  44. OHHH yes:) sometimes we do go overboard but I think its part of the 'nature'. I get very inspired by the blogs I visit and it makes me want to 'explore' more at the time of dressing.
    Your outfit is absolutely wonderful.
    You look awesome (not overboard :)) and the colors are gorgeous.
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  45. I LOVE this outfit! Love the dress, love the cardi, love the accessories... perfection!

    Like some have said, I definitely tend to feel like it's better to be overdressed than underdressed and I never leave my house not loving what I'm wearing. That being said, I think it's important we love our own style and realize that it doesn't have to be what everyone else loves all the time either. It's definitely harder to look 'effortless' though!

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  46. i love getting inspiration from the blogs (ps just found urs) - but i do think some people we see on the blogs (which let's be honest, they have agents and get the clothes to pimp out - kudos to them big time) aren't realistic everyday outfits - but heck i LOVE em'!

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    1. I guess one of the points of style blogging in general is to inspire - and to inspire we must challenge ourselves and others around us. So yeah, I probably won't wear 3 giant necklaces layered, but I now know a cute new combo combo I never thought of before!

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  47. Excellent pairing! I love this post, it really confirms why I love fashion blogging so much.

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  48. I love everything about this post! You are so right, and very thought provoking. First of all this outfit is fab and It doesn't look like you're trying too hard, it truly looks like you know exactly what you're doing. I think fashion blogging is the outlet for us that love fashion, and as long as you remain true to your own style while seeking inspiration from others, then you don't have to worry about going overboard, because it's your look.
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  49. It's really all a matter of perception and personal opinion. Each blogger has his or her own reason for blogging about style. It's funny because now that I think about it, now, I don't think there is such a thing as going overboard. I would have thought differently a year or two ago.
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  50. First of all, I love your look and don't think it's overboard at all :-) Secondly, as style bloggers, we're sometimes expected to do the most with outfits: tons of accessories, layers upon layers of clothing (even in steaming Atlanta summers), killer heels (literally and figuratively). I think it all goes back to one's true, evolving personal aesthetic and confidence in themselves and in what they're wearing, blogger or not.

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    1. I guess I lucked out for living in the SE, because I've never been that awesome with layering. Anything more than two layers and I'm typically squirming in awkwardness, haha.

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  51. I don't think it goes TOO well, I think it look perfect!

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  52. I have to hold back sometimes too. When I'm standng in front of the mirror and just don't look like myself anymore. Those are days stay away from the internet because I'm simply overinspired and losing my grip a bit. Pinterest sure doesn't do it good! :) Also, for some reason I think my readers know when I got carried away :) xo Nikki

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    1. Pinterest is the best/worst! Oh, all those stylish looks/DIYs/events/recipes that I will pin to my heart's content but never do anything about ...

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  53. you pose great questions here...there are definitely outfits that i photograph for the blog, but don't actually wear in daily life partly because it's summer year round here and people wear swimsuits and shorts and slippers everywhere, and partly because it just doesn't feel like me. but that's what blogging does...it allows us to try new things and push the boundaries. so while we may not actually wear that over the top outfit, we might learn something from it and modify it to fit our personal style. i think it's a great way to stay updated.

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    1. Style blogging has definitely allowed me to go outside of my style comfort zone, so I totally agree!

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  54. I love your outfit and love that the shoes match the cardi (PERFECTION)! I love the neutral striped dress too! I don't think it looks too over-done at all! You look classy and well put together! I have taken more clothes chances than I would have before the blog but I'm glad I've branched out. The only thing I am still very self-conscious about is high heels. Oh, I wear them but I've *never* gotten used to the stares and towering over everyone. At 5'8 (really 5'9" but I round down) 5 inch heels make me.....yeah, do the math.

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    1. It's always greener on the other side, isn't it, haha. I had/have a few gal pals in the 6' range and they always wish they were shorter so they can wear heels freely and not be awkward about being taller than the boys. Of course me here being 5'2", I'd love to have a few more inches on me so I wouldn't have to talk up to everyone and so more normal-size clothing fits me!

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  55. Blogging has definitely made me bolder with the way how I dress, maybe not looking overdressed (well, better over-dressed than under-dressed, I think!) but yes, there were many times (especially when I just started blogging) that I thought 'I love this outfit and I think it looks decent for the blog', that I'm about to leave home and I start thinking about changing because it might be too much for the 'real world'. But now, I'm kind of getting used to it, and I realized that sometimes is the environment and people around you... Certainly, I don't think I look 'too much' when I'm with my friends because they already know I have a soft spot for fashion, but when I'm in class or teaching, I certainly feel the need to 'tone down' and be more mindful with what I wear. At the end, I think is about being confident and having fun, and even on those days that you try to show that you're not trying too hard, you still can add some of your personal style signature.

    Now, about your outfit... If I saw you walking on the street what I would think is that you have a great style and that you really put thought into how you matched all those accessories, which tells me how confident you are to put this outfit together (and wear it!) and that's really what I think being stylish is all about!

    Jenny
    www.jensoutfitjournal.com

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    1. It's interesting for me to look back through my old blog posts and see how my style has evolved and how I've become bolder in my fashion choices. I definitely feel like I'm a more "complete" dresser nowadays, if that makes any sense.

      I wear what I wear for day-to-day office stuff but I notice that I do definitely tone it down a bit during biz trips or more "suit and tie" company activities.

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  56. Great outfit, I love this shoes!


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  57. I have never dressed a certain way specifically for my blog. I'm actually perplexed when people assume so--my blog is where I post my real fashion choices for my real life. I go out and shop, see friends, apply for jobs, and live my life in the clothes I post. Blogging has helped me work toward defining what style I want to have (as opposed to an absolute mess of a closet) but it does not influence my choices. I've actually been bashed on a few websites because I'm "off" or "too odd" in the grand scheme of style blogs and that's fine with me. Because I know I'm being true to myself rather than just one of the crowd. I'm always awkwardly overdressed anyway.

    Regarding your outfit, I think I would be head-over-heels in love if the cardigan were neutral (I'd lean toward a black) but I really love that you played with the belt color in the necklace and your shoes are gorgeous.

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    1. Thanks for your rec, Sarah. Can you believe I've worn worn this dress with black or a more neutral color? I think a black cardi or jacket and a bright belt would be a really nice combo - thanks for the rec!

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  58. I think it's a little amusing that sometimes I will wonder if an outfit will photograph well, as much as I wonder whether it looks good on me. And my boss did note a few months ago that I'd been dressing better (which made me wonder how I'd been dressing before). I know I try harder when I'm getting dressed after a year of style-blogging and reading style blogs, even this week when I knew I wasn't going to take pics due to a family emergency. But I still perked myself up a little for times when I had to go into work with better accessorizing and a little more color than I would have worn previously. Taking photos of your daily outfits is an extremely enlightening journey, whether you share them or not :)

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    1. I agree - I definitely make more of an effort when I dress on any day of the week now, which means I feel better about me and I think so do others around me.

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  59. wow i have never thought of it that way. i definitely have to be careful sometimes because my office environment is super casual, but if i want to blog an outfit, sometimes it might be "too much" for the office. you know? i think you look GREAT and it's not too much!

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  60. Awesome colors! This is one of my faves :)

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  61. I don't think there is ONE THING amiss with your outfit! It is perfect!

    *M

    laconceptiondesfemmes.blogspot.com

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