We often think of fashion as the part of clothing that changes all the time, season to season and trend to trend.
Your personal style is considered to be longer lasting and less susceptible to the whims of the fashion industry.
And it’s true that the luxury and even the joy of personal style is that you aren’t tied to trends. The best kind of personal style is one that’s connected to who you are.
Which means that your style is allowed to change, just as you are.
As I’ve written before, there are lots of reasons why this might happen, from a new job to a new body to a new baby (or maybe even all of the above).
I’m now seeing it play out in my own life and my own closet.
How my style is different
In April, I changed jobs. Although my previous office environment at a creative agency was pretty casual, I also had some client interaction and I sat at a desk. I often wore Client Meeting level clothes, including heels, and experimented with accessories.
I’m now in house, and part of the development team. I went from an office dress code of Casual to Programmer Casual. You can wear to work what you’d wear on the weekend and it’s totally par for the course. Just wearing a skirt makes me one of the most formally dressed people in the office.
We also have standing desks, which I love, but it means I’m now on my feet several hours during the day.
Six months later, I find myself wearing flat shoes almost every day. I’m incorporating more soft fabrics, such as pants in knits with some stretch. (These are not your mama’s knit stretch pants!) My outfit silhouettes have more loose lines, and I’m more likely now to combine high/low, or dressy with casual. Everything is simpler, and I have begun adding Sporty elements to my wardrobe, mostly in the footwear, but in other pieces, too (somewhat to my surprise).
How it isn’t
My working mom wardrobe is still primarily a mix of Classic, Chic and Modern pieces. I continue to love wearing a streamlined silhouette. I’ll never give up my beloved black and white. And even though I’m starting to dress down (relative to where I was), I’ll never stop dressing up.
My shift in style is a pretty common process. Fellow personal style blogger Sally McGraw of Already Pretty wrote in depth about her recent style evolution—her new clothing touchstone: is it “badass”? Love it!
Have you noticed changes in your personal style lately? What does your evolution look like?
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