We Never Go Out of Style
It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. Similarly, I would say that an outfit is worth 10,000 words.
“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak” –Designer Rachel Zoe.
Years ago I simply fell in love with fashion. All of my doodles consisted of a new dress or colorful outfit for my mannequins or characters. I literally have notebooks that I carried around in middle school with page after page of ball gowns. I was obsessed with how clothing spoke of its wearer, telling the world she was feeling rather fabulous that day, or that she had something exciting going on, or that she was feeling insecure so she wore clothes to distract from her true self out of fear. Our clothing speaks volumes about our character, our background, and our own personals tastes.
What is your clothing saying about you?
It took me all of high school to really figure out what my personal style was going to be. I looked at what the other girls at school were wearing which typically consisted of tight, logos, and out of my price range designer brands. That wasn’t going to work for me. I knew in my bones I wanted to be fashionable in my own way, which meant fabulous, modest, and joyful! However, we live in an anti-modesty culture. I feel like the world still gets this picture in their mind when they think modest dressing:
Those women are truly beautiful, just look at their smiles! But their dresses? Not so much. Luckily, many people in our world have taken on the challenge of modest dressing while maintaining modern chicness.
Freshmen year of high school my mom put me in a program called Pure Fashion which taught girls how to take today’s clothing and styles and make modest outfits without losing a single ounce of stylishness. I was able to see fashion in a way that public high school was not going to offer me. At the end of the year long program where we were mentored, got to volunteer, and have crazy amounts of fun, we put on a fashion show at the Denver Hyatt hotel. I am talking a long runway. Makeup artists. Hair stylists. Lights. Cameras. Moms and their daughters from around the state coming to see clothing donated by top retailers at local malls. All of which fit the criteria of being fashionable and modest. Talk about a little girls dream come true!!
This was the tipping point for me and my fashion life. Pure Fashion educated me in modest fashion and opened my eyes to a whole new universe of possibilities! Since then I have been completely dedicated to modest, classy fashion that flatters me and tells the world I not only value myself, but those around me too.
In college my style had another revolution: I started dressing for myself. Not to impress any boys and definitely not to try and fit in with the girls I deemed too good for me. As it turns out, dressing for myself has actually brought me more joy in fashion than I had ever hoped! I dress based on what flatters me, not what works for others. I dress up for class, which in the casual town that I attend school (Grand Junction, Co) is a rarity. Some people view university classrooms as the last chance to wear sweatpants all day, and they are probably right. I, however, view each day as an opportunity to have fun with my clothes, inspire others to dress modestly, and to respect my professors and fellow students. My peers in class are going to be my peers and competition and maybe even bosses in the future workplace. I want to be known as the girl who went to class fully clothed and dressed to impress. Maybe its cliché, but it brings me joy and a personal confidence I have never known!
So to wrap it up here are a few of my recent favorite outfits as inspiration for you and your own closet. (I have an obsession with my new Steve Madden riding boots!)
*I had no idea I always posed with my right arm up every time until I put these photos next to each other! haha
I hope you find inspiration in modest dressing, after all you are worth more than any piece of clothing could ever say about you. Dress in a way that reflects how fabulous you are! And remember:
“Clothes aren’t going to change the world, the women who wear them will.” –Designer Anne Klein
Dream Big! Live Courageously! And Thrive!
P.S. Full Disclosure: Sweatpants are my favorite! Only when at home and staying there 🙂