Long time no see – this has been a helluva summer so far. Here I thought I’d have more time to blog with the extra daylight, but I’m busier than ever and I think I’ve had something every single weekend since June. THIS IS NOT A DRILL. I REPEAT: There’s only about two months left of warm weather and I haven’t taken a single summer outfit photo. I’m a failure of a blogger right now and I’m sorry!
Despite this, I do have something new. Though this outfit is from months ago, these shots are some of my favorites ever – so here we go.
Most of what I’ve been wearing has been vintage-inspired since cutting my hair. I feel like my cut really carries it off – I’ve been playing with pieces inspired by different eras and am loving how creative I feel I can be. I’m still settling into my new look, but now that I’ve lived with it for a few months, I’m feeling pretty much at home.
Pieces like this Zara dress have helped me feel more confident. They slot easily into my current wardrobe and don’t feel completely out of my comfort zone even if the overall look is different than what it was like with my long hair. I feel like I’m finally finding my own stylistic voice or at least that I have a chance to do so – which after years of chasing a variety of styles, feels pretty damn good.
I don’t feel compelled to scroll through Instagram and Pinterest for inspiration or comb through endless blogs searching for ideas from someone else’s style I can mold to fit my own. Even if I can’t quite visualize the pieces I want in my closet entirely, I can imagine them enough to know them when I see them. I don’t feel compelled to stick with any one uniform look. I know that this cut can work with just about anything because it works with my personality. Feeling independent feels fantastic and if anything, I’m glad that this change has forced me to try new things.
I still adore monochromatic outfits, purple hair, and leather jackets and I still find myself playing with heavier makeup, but it feels fresh and new and more unexpected now. I don’t feel compelled to force myself to give that portion of my style up either, and that’s the biggest sign that this is the right choice. I’m letting in new influences and I’m feeling more creative and excited about building my wardrobe – and this blog – and that motivation has been seriously lacking as of late. It just feels great to feel inspired.
I’m hoping that soon I’ll have a chance to explore some warmer weather options and share them with you all.