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playfully classic

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blouse: Forever 21 // skirt: Anthropologie via eBay (similar) // sandals: Steve Madden (similar) // necklace: Apricot Lane Boutique (similar)

photos by Chelsea Laine Francis

Last week I was co-working over coffee and hot chocolate at Caffe Medici with some local babes when someone asked how I would describe my style. I sighed, like, way too deeply and made a bunch of cringing noises. She clearly looked confused because I had just been talking about being a style blogger and how important personal style is to me, etc…and then I couldn’t even describe what my style is. It’s probably the most embarrassed I’ve felt in months weeks.
For a long time I described my style as a balance between hipster preppy and preppy hipster. I shopped the sale section at J.Crew and mixed in thrifted pieces I found around Austin. I wore lots of blazers, collared shirts, Keds, and floral vintage dresses, and my main style inspirations were Blair Waldorf and Jess from New Girl. This post-college but not-yet-full-time wardrobe was perfect for my handful of part-time jobs and being an early twenty-something, but obviously wasn’t sustainable as my lifestyle changed.

With all of my recent closet shifting and style introspection, I guess it’s really not unreasonable for me to lack a concise style description. However, the coffee shop incident made me really think this weekend about my style and how to put it into words. Ultimately, I decided on playfully classic, which I think hits the nail on the head. I’m a modern girl who loves modest silhouettes and timeless pieces, but I’m also committed to color and I’ve never met a floral print or polka dot I didn’t like.

All of that said, I feel like this outfit is a terrific example of my playfully classic style. A feminine midi skirt in a colorful print? A breezy blouse in a plucky color with a unique detail? Ankle strap flats with a little something extra? Nailed it.

P.S. If you didn’t notice, writes like a girl got a little facelift over the weekend! Let me know what you think!

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