Thursday 9 March 2017

Finding your style

When I went back to school to become an x-ray technologist, I had just turned 28, and I was in a style crisis. 
Throughout my life, I have experimented with all sorts of different styles: girly, tomboyish, outdoorsy forest gal, the "I-want-to-hide-my-body" phase (less style, more major body crisis), gypsy (for an entire summer, I wore nothing but long skirts and tiny white tees), and always, in between, the "whatever-makes-me-look-skinny" approach to clothes. 

Before I decided on x-ray school, I had a couple of misguided years where I dappled in the hospitality industry. During that time, I bought myself four blazers and two pantsuits, the only time I ever owned (and wore) said items. I kept one grey, pin-striped blazed until about a year ago, "just in case" I would need it. After not having worn it for seven years in a row, I concluded that I could safely give it away to someone who would get more use out of it. 

Okay, coming back to x-ray school now. Like I said, I was 28 years old, and I had no clue how to dress. Having just disregarded the blazers and button-down shirts, I reverted back to the last time I was in school, and wore jeans and hoodies almost every single day. It may be practical, but stylish it was not. 

One girl in my class didn't have that problem. In a time when skinny jeans were just emerging again (it was the year 2008), she had been wearing them for years. And not just in basic blue and black: She had them in bright red, bottle green, and a pale pink I couldn't get enough of. 
She also wore booties long before they were trendy; I particularly remember a fringed, Western-inspired pair that was so unique that I overcame my shyness and asked her where she had bought them. 
"LA," she said nonchalantly, making me feel even more in awe of her worldliness. 

I didn't embrace skinnies until two years later, being one of the last ones to jump on the train. I was in the last stages of my "I-wear-whatever-makes-me-look-skinny" phase, and I was convinced that nothing would make my legs look slimmer than bootlegs. Skinny jeans would only accentuate my "problem areas" butt and thighs!

Thankfully, I have outgrown my body insecurities over the last four (or so) years, and dress in what makes me feel good, not skinny.  
These days, I would describe my style as bohemian-casual, with a touch of country (the country influence is getting stronger!). I still love dresses and skirts, but jeans (especially skinny ones) will always be a staple in my wardrobe. Jeans are a farmgirl's best friend!

The fun part about fashion and style is that it's always evolving. I haven't "arrived" at my style destination yet, and maybe I never will - trying new things is just too much fun!

Shirt: Work'n Play (a local store)
Skinnies: American Eagle (similar)
Booties: I bought them used from Instagram, they are originally from Uxibal
They are my new fave shoes! 

How would you describe your style?



  1. I love skinny jeans and these boots are amazing! So unique with the fabric yet really versatile too!

    1. Thanks, I love them! They are hand-made by locals in Guatemala, which I love. New they are pricey, but since I bought them used, I got them a lot cheaper. Win/win all around!
      However, I love them so much, that I'm considering buying my next pair directly from the source. They are worth it!

  2. Those pants are awesome! I feel like I'm in a style crisis sometimes too. When I started having desk jobs I started trying to buy things that both fit my idea of my personal style and could also be worn to work...what I ended up with was a bunch of boring work-appropriate clothes and nothing that made me feel like myself when I was out on my time. Over the last couple of years I've been desperately trying to reverse that, making sure I buy band tees at every show I go to so I have something that's more "me" when I'm out with friends instead of some boring solid-colored top.

    1. The curse of the one-colour Old Navy top strikes again! (At least it is ON for me.) It's so easy to accumulate a wardrobe full of basics - with nothing to spice it up. I hear ya! Work life can be terrible for expressing one's personal style, because it's tricky to walk the fine line between work-appropriate and staying true to oneselve. I'm glad you're getting back to your own personal style! It's an ever evolving process, but it's great fun!

  3. I am glad your style has evolved since when you were 28 and that you decided to get rid of the pant-suits your life now doesn't need. I couldn't define my style in just a few words either but I for sure love and have always loved skinny pants. As a matter of fact just a few weeks ago, I bought a few pair of colored Rockstars at Old Navy.

    I have always loved your unique style. It is casual, chic, bohemian, girly but with a country vibe to it which are all words I would use to describe this outfit, Miriam. OK, sorry about such a long comment, OMG...

    Anyway... I'd love for you to stop by and linkup with me for Thursday Moda. Share your great style with my readers. =)

    Enjoy the weekend! Ada. =)

    1. I love long comments like peanut butter loves jelly 💜 Thanks for leaving such a lovely one!
      I admire your style, it's versatile and fun, and you're not afraid to try something new. Clothes are such a great way to express ourselves, I love them!
      Happy Sunday to you Ada!

  4. You have always been my inspiration to step outside my comfort zone and try new styles.
    Cute outfit this week! That is a cute shirt.
    I have always lived in jeans. Although I am leaning towards getting some cute leggings/tunics for spring. I would call my style preppy bohemian grunge. Haha

  5. Nice! I love the description, it's awesome👍
    I'm honored that I'm an inspiration to you when it comes to clothes. You're mine when it comes to yoga and your #happinessproject. Finding friendship and inspiration through social media will never get old for me. People who don't get to experience it because they deem social media "bad" are missing out!

  6. I enjoyed reading more about your fashion journey, Miriam. These are such a great color skinny jean and your "new" boots are Ah-Mazing! Thanks so much for linking up with Fabulous Friday!

    1. Thank you so much Jennie! I'm always curious to learn about other women's fashion story (like yours - you state in your introduction that you spent most of your life wearing boring clothes - how did you make the jump to your amazing, colourful style?), because for most of us, it's not a straightforward journey. There are lots of detours, dead ends and wrong turns, and that's what makes it so interesting!


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