If you're a regular blog reader (hello, thank you for sticking with me!), this is going to be a slightly different post than what you might be used to and I may be going over some details that you're already familiar with. If you're new to my blog, hopefully this will serve as a "fashion introduction" of sorts and will give you a pretty good idea of what my personal style is like in a nutshell!
Outfit 1 - Liz Lisa ribbon blouse, Liz Lisa wagon print skirt, Liz Lisa floral bow watch with charm bracelet, Liz Lisa 2-tier flower necklace, Liz Lisa rose quilted purse with unknown brand bunny charm, Tralala bow 2-tone wedge sandals
click here if you're unfamiliar with this genre) outfit around one of my favorite items in my wardrobe right now - my wagon print skirt from Liz Lisa. I love the pale pink color with the flowers and carriage print near the hem. The length is above the knee but not super short which means it can be appropriate in a number of situations for me. I've worn it to work, to church and just out for fun. Paired with this particular top, I would probably just be heading out to lunch with friends or maybe some shopping. I decided to overload on the bow/ribbon theme throughout the outfit - not only on the waistline of the skirt, but also the sleeves of the top, around the face of the watch and the front strap of the sandals. Overall, it's very girly and cute with the color scheme and details which is something I really enjoy and very true to my personal style at the moment.
Outfit 2 - Spinns V-neck cardigan, Charlotte Russe peplum sleeveless dress, Forever21 flower necklace, unknown brand bracelets, Flag J sandals, Kate Spade New York quilted handbag
Outfit 3 - Material Girl faux leather riders jacket, One Spo lace up 2-heart dress, Doll Kiss ankle socks, Nine West ankle boots, Samantha Vega purse
Outfit 4 - One Spo heart cut out fuwafuwa cropped top, One Spo plaid trapezoidal skirt, unknown brand OTK socks, Liz Lisa lace-up back pumps, Samantha Thavasa handbag and "E" initial charm, Daiso bow barrette
Outfit 5 - Liz Lisa lace peek cardigan, Juge Etta floral resort dress, Liz Lisa knot wedge sandals, Kate Spade New York handbag with Liz Lisa and unknown brand charms, handmade floral headband
Outfit 6 - Liz Lisa ribbon off shoulder blouse, Liz Lisa opal flower skirt, Liz Lisa heart suede pumps, Liz Lisa flower necklace, Icing bow headband, Samantha Thavasa handbag
Outfit 7 - Forever21 collared blouse with necktie, Banana Republic fitted dress, Guess? mary jane pumps, unknown brand sterling silver link bracelet and jade bracelet, Michael Kors quilted handbag
Outfit 8 - Ank Rouge collared blouse, Ank Rouge mermaid cameo skirt, Liz Lisa clear pearl sandals, Liz Lisa seashell woven pouch, Daiso bow barrette
Outfit 9 - Forever21 cardigan, Cecil McBee top, Cecil McBee watercolor floral fitted skirt, Flag J sandals, Michael Kors watch, unknown brand bow bracelet, Michael Kors handbag
Outfit 10 - Liz Lisa faux leather riders jacket, Liz Lisa opal floral collared dress, unknown brand OTK socks, Liz Lisa OTK boots, Liz Lisa beret, Samantha Thavasa handbag, Liz Lisa trunk suitcase
How would I define my personal style?
I have a hard time describing my personal style as a whole. I like pastels and neutrals, but I'm not afraid of darker colors. I enjoy feminine details but also classic and less fussy looks. A-line bottoms are my friend, but I also love a great fitted dress/skirt when I can find it. Honestly, I feel like my personal style can vary a lot depending on where I'm going, what I'll be doing and when. I really believe in "dressing for the occasion" and that's why I have such a range of clothing and refuse to get rid of things.
I've noticed that one of the major concepts I keep in mind when creating an outfit is finding "matching" items, whether it's color or overall feel of the look (sexy, sweet, edgy, etc), that also flatter my particular body type. I love seeing people mix prints and have completely contrasting outfits, but it's not something I subscribe to for myself all the time. I think that all 10 of these outfits, as varied as they are, all have that really cohesive "matching" element to them in some way, and that's what makes them stand out for me as favorites because the items within each outfit fit together seamlessly.
Where do I like to shop?
It's probably fairly obvious that I have a few favorite brands - Liz Lisa being a major one. And I also really enjoy creating outfits with multiple items from the same brand. I don't think that's mandatory to create a cohesive outfit, but brands often already have something in mind when they create certain pieces and while it's not limiting, their recommended pairing is a great choice. Coordinating items within a brand also helps because there is usually a similar color scheme throughout multiple items, especially from the same season. There's a ton of different shades of pink out there, but Liz Lisa tends to stick with a small minority of them and even if they're not exactly the same, they will likely still work reasonably well together. That being said, I do really enjoy mixing brands and coming up with combinations that might be less expected as well.
I tried to include western/American brands with the Japanese brands although my main focus when shopping these days is typically in the Japanese market. However, I definitely do have interests outside of that, and I'm happy when I can use western fashion items in a himekaji/Japanese fashion inspired look. I do own a fair amount of "average" western fashion-type clothing that I'll wear to work or just running errands, but the items I buy in/from my favorite Japanese brands definitely feel more special. The designs are not what I'm used to seeing in the US, and the fit is often just right for me. Whereas sometimes with American brands the smallest women's size fits me really oddly in some area, the freesize (one size) Japanese item is somehow just right. I'm happy that I have been able to figure out what works for me, even if that means ordering from overseas.
In the interest of full disclosure, this blog post idea is provided by Social Print Studio. However, this post is not sponsored, nor have I had a chance to be a customer yet, but I really liked the concept and wanted to give it a shot. I will likely attempt to do updates of this type of post in the future!
Tbh, I was a bit nervous about creating this post for some reason. There's something about sharing something you're really proud of that's personal and specific to you to people who may not understand your vision and who are going to judge you. But at the end of the day, I know that my personal taste is not shared by everyone and that's okay. I really enjoy wearing the clothes that I have in the way that I coordinate them and as long as it's not causing harm to anyone else, I'm not bothered if someone else thinks it's tacky or too childish. I often feel my best when I am wearing clothes that make me feel confident, and I want to continue doing that.
I'm glad I was encouraged to take this opportunity for a bit of self-reflection on my personal style as a whole and really examine what outfits and pieces best represent who I am.
Here's a short video version of the lookbook!
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