I have made no secret about the fact that I think about style a lot. Part of that is losing 100 lbs and being forced to buy clothes constantly. When you are forced to spend money on something, you usually spend a little more time thinking about getting a more bang for you buck, right? (Hate that expression, can we come up with a good alternative?) But seriously, if I have to buy something, I want to buy something that will be flattering, fun and that will make me look freaking FABULOUS, hello?!?!
The other part (as I’ve told you before) is that being stylish doesn’t come naturally to me. If I want to look put together I have to think about it: look for inspiration, think about what I’m buying, make an effort when I get dressed.
DUDE, WHEN WILL IT BE EFFORTLESS?????
I’m not sure it ever will for me, since it’s not something I come by naturally, but I’ve decided to combine my love of blogs with my desire to be um — NOT dressed like a schlep? — and share with you some of my favorite inspiration. And these people aren’t like wearing super fabulous couture or shopping at Beverly Hills “thrift stores.” They are just real chicks, who dress REALLY cute or talk about fashion in a way I find fun and relatable. So check them out!
1. Wardrobe Oxygen
Alison at Wardrobe Oxygen is inspiring to me because she shops at stores in THE ACTUAL MALL, looks like a normal girl (aka not a 7 foot tall supermodel — NOT HELPFUL!) and puts together looks that appeal to me. It’s a fashionable breath of fresh air, actually, which is just how she intended it to be, I’m sure. She posts a daily outfit as well as an Ask Allie section where she talks style advice plus she’s not afraid to say that Style Books generally suck. She also talks fun beauty products and I can never get enough of that!
J’s Everyday Fashion is probably a blog you are already reading, but if not definitely stop by. I enjoy reading style blogs by people who actually buy things from stores where I shop. While I do read a few sites where thrifting is a major theme, I don’t find it super helpful when someone says “I put together a great outfit with this one of a kind vintage item you will never be able to find yourself.” See also: “I sewed this fabulous outfit, don’t you feel inspired?” I guess I need some Fashion Training Wheels. Training wheels that I can find at Banana Republic or something. She sets a reasonable clothing budget each month, takes inspiration from magazines and elsewhere and recreates fun looks. Sure, I don’t want to wear every single one, and yes she has the kind of figure where EVERYTHING looks good, but I still find her approachability and interpretation of style so helpful!
Caity at Moi Contre La Vie says the she celebrates Fashion, Food & Fitness — you know these are my very favorite things, right? Her Style Files are ALWAYS fun read, she gives great blog recommendations and if you want to know what is going to be on trend and fashionable, she will tell you! Isn’t that nice of her? Her website is just an all around fun read, but she is especially fun to gab about clothes with. Lucky me, I get to chat with her in real life — but you should definitely stop by and say hi on the blog. She’s open, approachable and fashionable. I don’t think those 3 adjectives always go together so she is a gem for being just that.
Tanesha at Girl With Curves might be the most photogenic person ever. So basically my exact opposite! I love that she embraces her body type and looks fabulous while doing it! She mixes high and low end pieces, always looks put together and if nothing else her photos are always beautiful. I mean the scenery, the clothing, the light? You can’t feel UN-inpsired when you leave her site.
Kayla at Freckles in April is a blog I found a while back through Janssen at Everyday Reading. Kayla’s blog is focused on modest fashion, which while not my number one priority, is something that I can appreciate. She is a busy mom and wife and bonus – she always looks pulled together! Gives me hope it can be done, someday. She coordinates style challenges where she gives prompts, loves to talk clothes and does a weekly feature called Open to Interpretation that is a great way to find inspiration in your own wardrobe. Gotta love that, right?
I read a million more, but these are my favorite Real Life folks — women I can relate to looking fantastic on a daily basis. Do you read any Real Life Style Blogs? I’m always open to suggestions!