Fashion is a label, style is how you label your self.
I’ve been infatuated with Style for quite some time now. In fact, when I was younger, I’d often make clothing for my Barbie dolls out of my younger brothers’ baseball socks. I’d use my magic markers to create all kinds of designs and cut the socks into dresses, skirts and tanks. Later, when I learned to stitch with a needle and thread, I’d begin making pants and jackets for my dolls also. For me, my personal Style has always been eclectic. I’ve never felt the need to “fit in”. While I would consider myself to have a sense of “fashion”, I’ve always been driven to dress the way that I feel. As a result my closet is chocked full of new and old pieces that I love to mix together to get looks that I won’t see on others when I’m out and about. Like this one.
Before it was a thing, I’ve always been obsessed with mixing prints. Of course my Mom always had a few choice words about it, but as time went on and I got better at really mastering what would look best with what, it really became a big part of my personal style story. I think the most successful print blocking looks have one large pattern and one small of the same pattern with similar or different color stories. In this case, my jumbo striped skirt with the small stripes in the kimono make for a true statement making look.
By age 13, I knew I was going to be a buxom beauty. My hips spanned a 48, waist a 38 and bust a 40, I was full in all places. While I wasn’t really uncomfortable with my curves, I was uncomfortable with the attention they garnered at such a young age, so I often found ways to look fashionable but not too provocative. As I’ve gotten older I’ve had to get out of that mindset a bit, but I still love my layered looks that steal the show the way that I want to. I love the layers of this look. It’s probably the most comfortable look ever, it’s chic and covered but not matronly. (I used to LIVE in the matronly zone lol). For me, this skirt is a staple. I purchased it from Burlington Coat Factory in a size Lg almost 5 years ago. Find similar looks here.
So I’m am going to employ my investigative journalism skills to try and find out the current state of the Melissa McCarthy Seven brand. I must admit, I am a huge fan of her clothing. My go to department store for her looks, Lord and Taylor, hasn’t received a new collection and I haven’t been able to shop on her website since I snagged this kimono in January during a serious sale. I’m a little worried that the woes of managing her family, acting career and a successful clothing brand concurrently have gotten to her. Let’s hope it’s just a hiatus. In the meantime, I’ll hold on tight to the several of her kimonos that I have because they too are personal Style staples for me.
Style is personal. When you get dressed in the morning, you should do so with only you in mind. How you feel, the impact you want to make and within your budget. It’s easy in a highly populated marketplace to feel like you must purchase everything that you see, keep up with the “Jones’s” or only wear the things in your closet once. But the reality is, your style speaks for you, and if you’re constantly finding looks that match others, you’re going to begin modifying other things about yourself also. Find what you love and Love what you find. It’s a process, but one well worth it. You’ll find that when your next event, outing, vacation etc comes along, you won’t need to run to the store to purchase items because what you already have makes you happy because it’s genuinely who you are.
Corrinn is a creative soul, style curator, and branding buff who sees style and glamour in all aspects of life! She brings fashion/lifestyle topics, D.I.Y. projects and branding tips full circle on Beauty Box Lifestyle!