I'm sharing this photo for #waybackwednesday to the early days of my blog to share just how much my style hasn't changed over the years. I pretty much figured out my classic meets preppy meets playful style in 7th grade and haven't looked back since (minus those few years in San Diego where we all wore tube tops to class-- oh vey!).

I love this image because it feels so long ago but also feels so current. I actually wore this blouse the other day and it's probably one of my favorite pieces EVER. I feel like it captures my style perfectly. I still have all of these items in my closet and wear them. How many things can you say that about?

I usually am in one of three types of outfit: 1. rolled out of bed and in work out clothes, 2. casual chic with pants and a top, 3. all out style with fake eye lashes (yahooo!!!!). It usually breaks down to 63% workout clothes, 37% pixie pants, and 10% dressed to the nines.

One of the things my mother and grandmother taught me is that style is really about how you wear the clothes, your presence and how you treat others. It's this attitude that allows me to be confident in whatever I am wearing.

But sometimes moving, starting a new job, getting pregnant (!!!), really throw off your style mojo.

So, if you're trying to figure out your personal style here are some of my tips:

  1. Discover past favorites. When have you felt that you looked your best? Is there an event or a photo that you think you look great in? Try and identify some things that you like about- the color you're wearing.
  2. Enlist an expert. While I think looking at blogs, magazines, friends outfits for inspiration, I think it's best to go to a stylist who has a knowledge bank about how to dress different types of people, styles, and events.
  3. Play the long game. It's easy to get sucked into trends, especially with the eye blinking low prices of fast-fashion. But every woman knows that you actually wear the items that are great quality and they're the ones you keep in your closet.
  4. Find a muse. I don't think it has to be a celebrity. For me it was always my mom and my friends' moms. They always looked so put together.




Fashioncaroline curran