I’m coming back from a three day weekend since I took Friday off to spend the day with my mom. We went to the gym, saw Frozen 2, which was incredible by the way and did some shopping. The cherry on top is this short week ahead of us and my absolute favorite holiday, Thanksgiving! The stretchy pants are ready to go and I can’t wait to eat my heart out.
I’m back today with a new (finally!), Fall appropriate (finally!) outfit post.
My first job out of college was in PR and I was so excited to be able to dress up for work, plus I was still in my “preppy J.Crew college phase” so my style was very 9 to 5 preppy. I would wear skinny work pants in every color of the rainbow, blazers, cardigans, you name it, I probably wore it. When I moved over to Teen Vogue, everyone was so “cool” and fashionable and wore designer items so my style became downtown casual with moto jackets and sneakers, but also very trendy with capes, open-toed booties and brand names. When I moved to Cosmopolitan & Seventeen, my style took inspiration from those magazines. In the summer I would wear mini skirts and flirty tops and in the winter I would wear knee-high boots and bright colored coats. At Victoria’s Secret, my style was all over the place. A little basic if I’m being honest and pretty casual. And now at Gap, I think my style is classic, a little tomboy, a little preppy and very much downtown.
I think working in fashion especially, you’re surrounded by people who have their own strong sense of style, plus most of the time you’re analyzing trends and what’s new. And I think working for a brand especially, over time you develop their sense of style. At Gap, for example, while everyone is different, I think it’s safe to say we all believe in the power of denim and a great basic tee.
Not that any of my past style moments weren’t me, but for the first time in a long time I feel comfortable in my style. When I worked at a magazine, sometimes I felt like I was playing dress up, but now I just feel like me.
When I worked at Victoria’s Secret, I felt a little lost and I think my style reflected that. At one point in my career there, I felt so trapped and stuck. I wasn’t being promoted but was working overtime. I felt like the work I did didn’t matter and I was just at a loss. Honestly, I looked like the before picture of a TLC makeover show because my style was leggings and a hoodie every day. Working at Gap now, I feel inspired. I feel inspired by the people I work with and the work I’m doing and I think that reflects in my personal style. I get excited to get dressed in the morning. I’m more open to playing with my wardrobe and trying new trends and just wearing whatever I want regardless of what people will think or say.
I know style and fashion can sometimes seem funny and small in the grand scheme of things. When I was in college and majoring in fashion merchandising, pretty much no one took us seriously. But, I believe personal style is so important because it can reflect your mood, reflect who you want to be or convey that day and it sends a message to the world. When I’m having a tough time at work and want a little confidence boost, I can throw on a go-to outfit and it helps me feel like I can take on the world. I can also wear jeans, a blazer and a Disney tee and I think it represents my personality because it mixes my love for Disney with my love for classic pieces and style.
I did a little scrolling on my own Instagram the other day and it’s just interesting to see how much my style has changed over the years from every job I’ve worked at. So if you see me becoming a walking Gap ad campaign, just don’t be worried!
Thank you so much for stopping by & reading! Have a wonderful week ahead!