I'm not really a girly-girl when it comes to fashion. Oh, I have my girly tendencies in other areas (I'm famous in Zach's family for having once said "there's too much nature out here" at an outside get together), but clothes and worrying about how I look just don't make the cut. Sure I try to look nice for special occasions, but my theory was always if my picture won't be taken, any old outfit will do. And I use the word "outfit" very loosely. I always admired girls that look put together 24/7, but I wasn't one of them. And I didn't aspire to be.
I'm certainly not going to look fabulous everyday, but even just trying to look okay for 24 outfits in a row has started to change the way I feel about getting dressed everyday (knowing there will be photographic evidence is also motivating). I've noticed that I carry myself differently. I feel more confident. I'm not embarrassed if I run into someone I wasn't expecting to see.
I knew I had started to notice these changes, but today I found out that other people notice it, too. Today a group of students said, "You always look so cute. You don't swear sweats or anything!" Just seven days into the school year, and they've already noticed that I've put a little effort into how I look each day. It was a sweet compliment to hear, and one that will keep me motivated during this experiment.
Why I kept it:
I just love stripes! This top is from Loft--it's super soft and has a zipper detail in the back.
Why I stopped wearing it:
I think I got this top around April, and I wore it a few times before it got too hot for summer (it's a thicker fabric).
How I styled it:
Previously I wore this top with black pants, but I felt like wearing it with these olive jeans today. Not long ago I would have never worn black/white with olive/brown, but I'm glad that's not a "rule" anymore. (ps: I plan to break more rules after Labor Day.) The necklace tied it all together for me.
How I felt:
Like me! Definitely able to teach and move around while still feeling put together and comfortable.
I don't think I'll ever get tired of stripes. It's staying. Possibly forever.