We are a species made up of paradoxes and contradictions. There is more than one story to every person, life, and situation. You may think it’s a bit of a stretch, but I feel the same way about personal style. Think about your personality, your likes, and your dislikes. If your personal style reflects who you are, then there is bound to be incongruence somewhere in the mix. You may be an avid football fan who has an apartment covered in pink fluff and lace. Or you could love to dress super feminine, but throw in punk flairs here and there.
The second you condemn what you wear to a single style, things get boring really fast. It’s a snooze-fest when an outfit follows a cookie cutter template for the final vision. You wind up looking like you bought a cheap costume from Spirit Halloween and feeling as though you didn’t put any of yourself into your clothing. The trick to an interesting ensemble is finding the perfect balance and dichotomy of the items in your wardrobe.
One of my favorite genres in my personal style is classic with a twist of quirky. The thing to love about classic items is that they are in style for ever. You can drop a bit more $$$ on these items because you can keep them around longer. The Ravel shirt I’m wearing above is something I’ve had in my closet since high school, and I think it’s still current to this day. I also love that it makes me feel like I just popped out of an episode of the Jetsons. (and no I’m not embarrassed to admit that I’ve had that top for 6 years) The modern bootcut slacks and wool hat I paired with the Ravel shirt lend themselves to a contemporary take on classic items. Throw in the Nike Liberty hidden wedge sneaker and you have the perfect amount of quirkiness. (my outfit: Ravel top, Gap pants, Marica Moran earrings, Bettina hat from Anthropologie, and Nike Liberty sneaker wedges)
I combined the photos of my apartment with this outfit in particular to show how a mess of eclectic items can come together to represent your personality. Take a closer look at the odds and ends that cover my shelves and walls to see how well diverse objects can flow together.