Here is a story for you. When I started thrift shopping and stopped caring if people thought my outfits were weird(some time around my sophomore year of high school), I started liking fashion and my fashion choices. I have this body and I get to decorate it and feel like a fairy or a badass woman (or a strong, badass fairy?) by changing my clothes or wearing bright lipstick and unmatching headbands. I know its not the clothes that can make me feel awesome (and BE awesome), but costumes are fun and empowering! So, why not wear weird shit that makes you feel cool?
I’ve always liked the freedom to be able to “be” whatever I felt like being and change my look from the day to day. Somedays I wear skinny jeans, tees, and Toms and then other days I wear flowery dresses and curly hair. I’ve always enjoyed that freedom to change the persona and look I’m wearing that day. My closet is a weird combination of all these things. Yet, lately I stand in front of it and pull out yet another recycled outfit with disinterest. Most of the pieces don’t feel like “me” anymore and I’m just bored with all of it. I’ve been feeling like I want to pick one look and stick to it.
I’ve been complaining about this a lot (poor Stephanie!), so I decided last week to do something about it. I had a tiny faint idea of the look that felt like “me”(me is in quotes because I feel like this a lot. Oh hey young person angst!), but I didn’t know how to articulate it. I decided to open up Pinterest and pull out images I identified with. Above is a small collection of that Pinterest board. I realized that I love dramatic, flowy hair, red lips, heavy 1920s detailing, soft pinks, whites, with pops of black. I like wearable and flowy pieces and a hint of sparkle. Oh hey “me”!
With my small student budget, I haven’t quite figured out how I’m going to transform my closet into this moodboard, “Kara” dreamland…. I’m planning on losing the red hair for good this summer (seriously… I KNOW RIGHT?) and entertaining the idea of wearing vintage brassieres as shirts. Lots of time and thrift dates are in my future, perhaps?