My Style Evolution

Free People: We'd love for you to come in and style people during our holiday party, Indiana.
Me: Me?
True story: When I started Adored Austin two and a half years ago, I never intended to make outfit posts the main focus. I originally planned to write about fashion news and fashion related events in Austin and to do product reviews. I posted some outfit photos as filler and joined some outfit of the day communities for fun. Honestly, I usually don't think that my style is particularly special, but I do like shopping and writing and the personal style of others, so at the time, starting a style blog made sense to me. People never commented on my event posts (yawn!), but they did comment on my outfits, so now it's kind of become a thing I feel I'm supposed to do.

So because I post what I'm wearing from time to time, over the course of the last two years, I've been asked to style people at stores. I have turned every single one of these opportunities down because there are some days that I can barely dress myself (examples: 2009, 2010, 2011), but when Free People asked me to do this, I reconsidered because their line is so great-- almost everything works together and you can go as little bohemian or as much bohemian as you'd like.

For my styling session today, I went full-on bohemian. Nothing matched: lace, leopard, denim, black, gray, a colorful kimono, tons of jewelry... but that's the thing. I don't think there are any hard and fast "rules" to personal style, and I think that's how my style has evolved since 2009. I think two and a half years ago, I would have loved all of these pieces individually but I never would have paired them up together.
date: 17 Dec 2011 | occasion: Free People holiday party
vintage dress: Thrift Town | kimono jacket: Thrift Town | shoes: ShoeMint | wool hat: c/o American Apparel | bangles: Ten Thousand Villages & c/o In Pink | watch: Michael Kors via Goodwill | necklaces: c/o JewelMint | bag: Map Tote | tights: Target

I feel very me in this crazy get-up. I'd wear this to church or the grocery store or anywhere, really, and I don't think I could have said this in 2009.

What about you? Have you felt your style evolving in the last couple of years? I'm curious if you're breaking traditional fashion rules or if your style is becoming a little more refined.

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