Before this year, I was never a big fan of fringe. Last year I wouldn’t have considered myself a fan of ruffles. Two years ago I only thought leggings were useful as long johns to layer under trousers or loose jeans when the temperature dips below the 20s. Three years ago, I wouldn’t have considered myself a proponent of wearing colored tights, let alone any colored bottoms. Red jeans? Forget it.
Now, because of budgetary constraints, I’m considering making my own fringe mini skirt, I have several fringe accessories, and I wear ruffles and colored tights on a regular basis. I also wear leggings as pants now and I don’t give a damn if people draw comparisons to La Lohan (okay, well, maybe I do care–a LOT–but still).
The thing about fashion? Despite trends that come and go, whether we adopt their fleeting novelty and join in on the bandwagon for their season-long ubiquity, or not… Dress style in general should always be about embracing change within ourselves and in the greater world around us, and molding that change to fit our bodies and more importantly, our personalities.
Fashion should never detract from who we are, but magnify it.
If it means that I’m starting to sport trends and styles I never would have imagined donning, so be it. It’s okay. So I’m becoming more feminine, more *Out There* in terms of what is considered “normal” for everyday situations, I’m wearing leggings as pants–which I never thought would be deemed appropriate, especially by myself… so what? I’m changing, and becoming more confident in expressing how quirky I am, how different aspects of my personality are at odds with each other, that I am a living, breathing microcosm of conflict, binary opposites and constrasting elements.
I look at all that, and I think:
So this is Mae.
I guess I rather like her.
And that’s when the point of fashion becomes more than just about clothing a body, or even something deeper like expressing a point of view, but more about accomplishing a heroic personal triumph. A mission of finding who we are, making it better, and saying, This is Who I Am. I Rock.
Convertible zip front ruffle cropped jacket, Lush, via Chloe Loves Charlie. (Can be worn as asymmetrical zip front, or open as a double ruffle lapel jacket.)
Polka dot rouch sleeve T, H&M
Linen strip high waisted skirt, Club Monaco [SIMILAR]
Turquoise stockings/tights, J. Crew
Faux Gator skin Mary Jane heels & woven waist cinching belt, Forever 21
Mixed metal fringe bib necklace, Madewell via Shopbop.com
Gold color filigree necklace, UO
Gold fringe bracelet, Banana Republic (Gift from Blogger BFF Twenty York Street)
Marc by Marc Jacobs Heart Locket Watch [EXACT SAME]
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