Style. It’s a topic some may think is unimportant or uninteresting or even vain, but it’s one that I am quite passionate about and so I thought it could be good to dig deeper into the why behind my style posts.
To start, I have to note that beauty and style are two totally different entities to me. I believe that so much that I’ve even kept hair and makeup posts in the style category here on the blog to ensure they stay separate. Beauty is something that runs so much deeper than what we wear, and it absolutely must be kept separate. It’s a small way I’m trying to change the conversation and redefine the way that our culture uses the word “beauty.”
That being said, just because style has to do with the exterior, doesn’t mean it’s silly to care about it. We can’t get consumed in what we wear, but having fun with the way we dress can play an important role in self-awareness and developing a healthy body image.
Aside from writing, style is my favorite form of self-expression. I believe that all style is good style when it’s authentic to who you are—it’s in imitation and inauthenticity that we lack good style, not in the cost of our jeans or the way we tie a scarf. I am organized, practical and straight-forward, and I think the way I dress myself communicates that. I wear neutrals constantly because it kills me to buy something (other than a playful accessory) that might not stand the test of time.
The way we dress communicates to the world bits and pieces about who we are—and that is such a beautiful thing!
Sharing style posts has played a big role in my personal growth and comfort in my own skin. Style selfies are easy and fun, but electing to be photographed is an entirely different animal (especially now that I’m pregnant!). It’s intimidating and vulnerable and challenging—and through it, I’m learning to love and accept myself more, seeing beauty where I sometimes struggle to.
I am not a model nor trying to be one. I am just a girl—with child-bearing hips, a well-endowed bum and short legs—traits I’ve truly grown to love and appreciate. Through sharing style posts, I’ve found peace in my body type, and I hope that you find that as well as you read this blog.
My hope is that by being vulnerable to put myself out there—sometimes with flattering photos, other times with not-so-flattering ones—you, too will feel more comfortable in your own skin.
What does style mean to you? How has personal style impacted your self-image and self-esteem?