I can say with certainty that I have always had a sense of personal style, but I can also say with certainty that for many years that sense of style was… questionable. I loved to play dress up when I was little and often fixated on one particular item of clothing or an accessory and wore it till it fell apart (I had a pair of red cowboy boots that I wore everyday for a year).
During high school I tried out every trend that came my way it seems. I even had a pair of hot pink pleather pants at one point. Thankfully I wasn’t photographing my outfits daily back then.
I really started to develop my personal style while in college at Hollins University. I think it was the sheer history of a place like Hollins that made vintage clothing and classic style rub off on me. I mean really, looking at old Spinsters (the university yearbook) you can’t help but be inspired by those fantastic women from the 50’s and 60’s. And my incessant watching of What Not to Wear and my discovery of Lilly Pulitzer didn’t hurt either.
It’s been a very long road to my current sense of style with many very unstylish years along the way, but I’ve finally arrived at an eclectic style that satisfies me.