I would describe myself as having the heart and soul of a flower child granola girl. I’m very artsy and free spirited; plus, I like to dance. Having said that, I’ve always been drawn to skirts that twirl and fabrics that allow for freedom of movement… and I’m obsessed (repeat: OBSESSED) with bangles and long necklaces. Let’s also throw in the fact that I don’t relax my hair anymore, and I can wear it like an afro; I’ve been blessed with the texture to do so. So when I had a style consultation where I was told to go for a boho look, I ran with it. This was about a year ago, and I’ve been running with it ever since.
Now people ask me for my style advices. I think this is hilarious! I always did know what I liked and have dressed myself consistently well. I think my style sense is much better now than it was even two years ago. I understand fit a little better now than I used to, and I’m learning to go with things that I really like and that best resemble my personal character. My shoe collection has always been spot on as well. Even though I’m not big on shoes and it leaves something to be desired as far as quantity of shoes, my footwear has always garnered attention and compliments from both sexes. It might be a small shoe collection, but it’s a colourful and interesting one. I love all my pairs and wear each of them fairly evenly. I’ve even had shoes given to me, but with the exception of one pair, there’s none that I loved more than the ones I’ve bought for myself. I even got one pair of boots for free for helping to work a church yard sale (I think I wore those boots out! They were a short brown pair of motorcycle boots, and I loved them to bits. I most liked wearing them with dresses).
Somehow, though, I didn’t think I could give fashion advice to people. It continues to surprise me when people ask me about fashion and about what I think would look good on them. While I do know how to dress myself and keep myself looking nice, I didn’t think of it as something that would translate well if I gave these opinions to other people. Apparently, though, it does. One guy that I know has been throwing fashion and grooming questions my way, and even tagged me as #RachTheStylist. I laughed out loud as this; I never would’ve thought of myself as such!
I don’t know why I’m so surprised; if there’s anything I know about my family, it’s that I come from a line of well dressed women. My mother used to work at a clothing store when she was younger, so she was always dressed to impress because she was up on the latest fashions. When you see things coming through the store, and you’re an employee with a store discount, a girl can’t help but take advantage sometimes (trust me, I know). Let me also throw in the fact that she worked in the shoe section… so you know her shoe game was tight! Even my grandmother was a great dresser! There is this black and white photo of her with my Pop-Pop (now deceased) where she had perfectly coifed hair and was wearing a shift dress. She looked like a silver haired Jackie Kennedy (she had gone gray in her 20s). I even told her that’s what she looked like. The only thing missing was the pill box hat!
There are many people that will try to tell you that style and fashion doesn’t matter; it’s about what’s inside that counts.
I believe that a man or woman’s personality and character is the principle thing. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how well you dress; even the devil wears Prada (wink). However, how you take care of yourself and how you dress can tell people around you a LOT about who you are as well. It can even give people the wrong impression about you. It’s like body language; if you have your arms crossed, you won’t appear to be approachable… when you could be a very friendly person. If you want people to get a pretty accurate read on who you are as a person, put time into your physical appearance. It’s not shallow to do this; it can be fun if you open yourself up to the experience.
So if you desire to take fashion counsel from a girl that considers ripped jeans to be a wardrobe staple, be my guest. Honestly, it’s flattering, and humbling at the same time. I also feel like I owe it to the people asking me these things to know my stuff, and to stay looking nice. Part of me wanted to be a vlogger on fashion because I like it so much. To be honest, though, I haven’t the foggiest idea on what I’d talk about! I just give my opinion on things and what I believe looks good. People listening to it is just a bonus.
I really do like winter and winter clothing, but I am longing for it to get warmer; I can’t wait to break out my ripped jeans again!