After writing this post I started brain storming title ideas. Since the soundtrack of my life for the past week has consisted entirely of two Taylor Swift songs most of what I thought up revolved around Taylor lyrics. So, this post has absolutely nothing to do with the 1989 track “Style” (with the exception of my tight little skirt), however, it has absolutely everything to do with my fashion journey. What fun is having a blog if you can’t throw in totally irrelevant song lyrics whenever the heck you want? Right?!
Prior to law school I dabbled in a few different career paths. Law school was in the back of my mind for years, but my family encouraged me to explore life in the real world before any sort of graduate school (great advice for me, though not for everybody of course). One of the primary industries I explored was fashion. It’s no secret that I love clothes but I consider a love for clothes and a love for fashion as two separate (albeit intertwined) interests. In high school I loved clothes, but it wasn’t until college that I discovered how much I enjoyed following fashion. I took courses on the history of costume, garment construction, luxury goods and textiles. Keep in mind I was a history major, not a fashion major! After graduation I still couldn’t absorb enough information. I enrolled in several online fashion journalism courses just to keep my brain working while I worked at desk jobs that felt menial and boring.
Fast forward about a year after graduation and I landed a job selling wedding dresses at a small but well recognized bridal boutique in my city. I am not over exaggerating when I say it was a dream job! Sure there were grumpy brides and I hated working weekends but I felt right at home helping women feel beautiful. Tulle, lace, crepe and beading were my jam. I spent my evenings making flashcards of the gowns in our store and learning about the designers we carried because I really wanted to master the art of selling wedding gowns. Life had different plans for me though! I was actually really horrible at sales. I felt like I was genuinely connecting with customers, I just didn’t have what it took to close sales and ultimately at the end of the busy season I was let go. Ouch!
I quickly transitioned to a new position in the fashion department at Amazon. I know what you’re thinking, “Fashion? Amazon…what?” While Amazon doesn’t automatically conjure up images of Jimmy Choos and pretty dresses, the company was (and is) trying to change that image. Working with almost EIGHTY other fashion specialists (just on my immediate team) had its perks! I was one of the first 12 people hired to work on a new project and I watched the team grow to eighty in a matter of 9 months. I worked with so many talented individuals. There were people who worked backstage at fashion shows, there were people who studied at the top design schools, there were designers, makeup artists, stylists…there were people who modeled, people who had Etsy shops…in so many ways it felt like the whole world of fashion was in front of me. Sometimes it was intimidating! My favorite part about my job was the research and trend forecasting aspect. We were asked to put together presentations forecasting fashion trends for the next season in any given sub category (shoes, tech accessories, ready to wear, swim wear, etc.). Studying runway images and color palettes was honestly a lot of fun, but other plans still lingered in the back of my mind. Working in fashion here in Seattle was eye opening, I learned SO much, but at the end of every day I wanted something different for my life. It was like spending all day looking at cute outfits and crazy runway styles made me want to throw on yoga pants and a hoodie every day. I was sick of shoes and purses by the time I got home. I felt uninspired blogging and even getting dressed in the morning.
As soon as I left Amazon I realized working in fashion had taken the fun out of fashion for me. There was nothing wrong with the people I worked with or the experience I had, it just took me thinking about fashion all day every day for me to realize I wanted to keep pursuing fashion but ONLY as a hobby. Now that I don’t stare at clothes all day I like thinking about clothes again. I find my mind drifting off dreaming up outfits and I enjoy flipping through Vogue or W.
Though I’ve made my fair share of fashion mistakes (some of which are documented on this blog) I like to think my sense of style has evolved over time. I don’t think I’ll ever stop making bad fashion decisions that make me look back and cringe…but that’s sort of the fun of it isn’t it? I really like that fashion constantly changes and dates itself. Sure, it makes looking relevant a bit more expensive (the definite down side) but it expresses who we are as a culture. I love looking back on old photos and reminiscing about trends that have come and gone. Fashion gives me a sense of nostalgia, it takes me to a different time. While I am not an expert I really like looking at how trends evolve, and the way we adopt runway trends in everyday life. Fashion gets a bad rep sometimes, but it doesn’t need to be ALL vapid.
Finally, onto this look! I picked up the bodysuit I’m wearing and the suede miniskirt at the Nordstrom Sale earlier this summer. I threw on one of my favorite pair of statement heels and the cross body bag I take EVERYWHERE. With a swipe of lipgloss I felt ready for a date night or evening out with the girls. Unfortunately these photos were actually taken on a Tuesday night so there was less sipping champagne and stealing kisses and more snuggling up in bed with Netflix after these photos were snapped. I adore a good mini skirt so I can’t wait to recreate this look for fall date nights as well as pair it with a sweater, tights and riding boots for class or daytime adventures.
A few cute suede mini skirts for your closet:
Thanks again to Madeleine Wilson for capturing these photos <3