The most valuable piece of information passed on to me when I decided to pursue my own style blog was this: “Stay true to your personal style.” Sounds easy right? Wrong! Try again. I’ve betrayed my personal style once before. Yep. Judas style
First semester of high school, freshman year, I didn’t dress ANYTHING like my peers. I wore exactly what I loved: a dressy dress, knee high socks, saddle shoes and a coordinating bow in my hair. I remember looking in the mirror every day before leaving school and thinking, “I look AH-MAZING!’ I was wrong a million times as a teenager, but I was completely right on this one, I did look amazing.
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Fast forward to the second semester of freshman year: I’m wearing jeans, a poorly fitting, obscure skateboard brand t-shirt and a battered pair of converse shoes. WHAT HAPPENED? Long story short: I allowed myself to be manipulated by a group of teenagers who had me completely convinced that I would be “sooooo much cooler” if I ditched the Barbie princess look in exchange for the current ‘cool kid’ skateboard chic look. I wholeheartedly believed they were right.
That day I ran home and quickly moved my collection of dresses and saddle shoes to the back of my closet and I begged my mom to take me shopping for different clothes. While trying on clothes at the local skateboard shop ( I was a ballet dancer in a skateboard shop …🙄), I remember looking up and down at myself in the dressing room mirror. I hated the clothes. I hated how I felt in them. Perfect. I walked out of the dressing room and triumphantly purchased every single item I tried on. I felt like a traitor, but figured it was a small price to pay in exchange for the approval of my classmates.
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I paraded around my school like a miserable imposter for months. It was agonizing. Then one day, a solution to my misery hit me like a freight train: I was unhappy because I was pretending to be someone I wasn’t. It was time to dress like myself, for myself again, even if that meant I stood out like a sore thumb. I gathered my collection of skateboarding clothes and donated them to the local Goodwill. I pulled out my old clothes from the back of my closet and dusted them off. My frilly dresses, knee high socks, saddle shoes and border line ridiculous hair accessories were restored to their former glory that day.
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Learn from my mistake: Personal style is all about YOU and what makes YOU happy, comfortable and confident. Fashion magazines and style bloggers can preach about what’s ‘in’, what’s ‘out’, what’s ‘cool’, all day long, if you don’t love it a million percent, take a hard pass. Wear what you love and embrace it, even when no one else is on board with you. Rompers were totally a thing a few months ago, and as much as I appreciated a girl who could rock that trend, any time I tried one on in a dressing room, I looked and felt ridiculous. So I just didn’t with the rompers and the overalls. No big deal.
I’ve posted some outfits through out this post I’m loving right now because they are just ‘so unapologetically Jeanette’ (as my mom would say) and are so fun for me to wear because they are just so ‘me’. If you love them as much as I do click on the link to be directly taken to the store I purchased them at!
(Shop this lovely look HERE.)
I have linked up some of my fellow blogging babes who have the cutest and coolest personal style! They stay true to who they are and are really fun girls to follow! You can take a look at their blogs and Instagram handles here: