On one hand, I get it. I do feel it's important to embrace and love every decade. And I feel like my 30-something self is just SO different from my 20-something self. I love that sense of growth and forward movement.
One of my fears is becoming stuck in a past decade or being fearful of aging. When I look at the women I admire most, foremost my mom, I can see that there is a better, more confident way to live. And I want to embrace that.
With that said, what's with this pressure to dress a certain way. I don't embrace that AT ALL. I feel like it's more about instincts and intentions than anything else, and if you FEEL GOOD, that means it's all good. A couple years ago I read some article about how when you turn 30 you need to start shopping at Ann Taylor. And I was like… "Why?"
And the other day I got a comment on Instagram about that same pressure, and it made me think about it again. These self-imposed rules are kind of a bummer.
At the moment, where I stand is to wear WHATEVER I feel comfortable in, at any age. That's a simple way to look at it that works for me.
Now… take a look at my CRAZY pin vest. This is the new crown jewel of my closet! It makes me SO RIDICULOUSLY HAPPY.
Pin Sources: Gimme Flair, Valley Cruise Press, Laser Kitten, Big Bud Press, Georgia Perry, Little Arrow Studio, Bermuda Press, Rosehound Apparel, Hello Holiday, Buried Diamond, Sleepy Mountain, Coucou Suzette, Penelope Gazin, Culture Flock, Band Of Weirdos.
Take it away, Emma!!
I guess I pretty much feel the same. Personally, I don't really think certain stores are for certain age groups when it comes to adult clothing. I'm more or less the same height and size as I was when I was sixteen. So why do I have to shop anywhere different unless I WANT to. I think my tastes have definitely changed over the years, but there are lots of things I wore in high school that I still think are pretty cool, and I wish I still had them.
The main thing I think I've learned/changed over the years is more about fit than anything else. Clothes look so much better when they actually fit you. Go figure. :) And I think the older I get, the more I am comfortable in my own skin and therefore feel more confident wearing clothes that fit well.
Of course, I say that and then I'm wearing an oversized sweater in these photos. Ha! Well, it was cold out, guys. OK! And at least my jeans fit. It's about proportions in this one I guess.
Emma's wearing: Sweater c/o Threadsence, Collared shirt and Purse/H&M, Sheer dress/Foreign Exchange, Jeans/F21 (I should probably stop being lazy and go ahead and hem these, huh?), Shoes c/o Seychelles, and Sunnies c/o Lulu's.
XO! E + E
Credits//Author: Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman. Photography: Laura Gummerman and Janae Hardy. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess Actions.