Happy Thursday gang! I hope your all having a fantastic week so far! Today I’m sharing a super hot trend with you (none other than the leopard skirt) but I want to take a different approach to my blog post today. You guys probably know I normally pop on, update you on the last few days, share some photos of an outfit, and then walk you through how I put the outfit together. I’ve always felt the need to keep things short and sweet when it comes to that and, quite frankly, I’m not really sure why.
If you follow me on Instagram, then you probably know that I like to keep it real as often as possible. And sometimes I feel like that’s missing from my actual blog. Like this is my space that I own and created for you guys and it’s kind of surface level sometimes. And I actually think that’s okay because there’s no need to be heavy and serious all of the time, but sometimes there are things on my heart that I feel like you might be able to relate to and I never talk about them because I’m like “well that’s a whole other blog post I’d have to write and I don’t have enough photos for that” or what have you.
But it occurred to me that maybe I don’t have to make it some big thing and that maybe I can just share these things with you as they come up and seem relevant. So I’m going to try that out today and see how it goes and, if you guys like it, then maybe I’ll sprinkle some more “heart felt” things into my normal posts from time to time. 🙂 So let’s get goin’, shall we?!
Making a Leopard Skirt Your Own
First off, I’m still sharing photos and talking about how I styled this outfit (I always like walking you guys through the process so that it can help you in your own approach to putting outfits together) but today I also want to share the importance of staying to yourself with your style. It’s actually more relevant than you think because today I’m styling a leopard skirt for you which is a super hot trend right now and I don’t just jump on board with every single trend.
I feel like sometimes you can lose your identity in just keeping up with the latest trend. Not to say there’s anything wrong with staying on trend because there’s definitely not, especially if you genuinely love something that’s currently trending. It’s just that, for me, I don’t want to feel like I’m just wearing what everyone else is wearing. I want to feel like me, ya know? Anyways, I’m actually really loving leopard skirts right now and I realized that part of the reason why is because there are so many different ways you can style them and make them your own.
The Importance of Staying True to Yourself with Your Style
I have what feels like this need to define myself and I’m not sure why that is or where it comes from, but I know for a fact that I’m not alone in that. And, just to be clear, I don’t mean that I want to define my style – this goes beyond style – I just think that style is a fun and easy outlet for that process. But I’m trying to teach myself that defining yourself isn’t always a good thing because you’re always changing so if you define yourself too much you can limit yourself in a way. Do you know what I mean?
Despite feeling like I need to define who I am as a person and utilizing style as a way to help with that, I’ve never known how to describe my style. It’s ironic though because I’ve always loved that my style doesn’t fit into any one particular bucket like preppy or grungy or sporty. I feel like my style is truly unique to me.
So why is it that so many of us feel like we need to wrap up our personalities into a 3 sentence summary, have an easily pin pointed sense of style, all the while staying true to ourselves? Can’t being true to ourselves and defining ourselves simply be acknowledging that we’re always changing? Today I may feel ready to take on the world and tomorrow I may feel like I just want to be a professional TV watcher for the rest of my life. It’s okay that we change and, furthermore, that we change so frequently. Honestly that in itself is part of our identity.
That’s what I love about style and why I think it’s so important to stay true to yourself with style. I think in this day and age of wanting to define ourselves yet be our own unique person, just staying true to ourselves is the only way to really accomplish both of those things at once. Ya know? And style is such a great way of doing it. I feel like my style can be feminine and classy on a day when I’m feeling super ambitious and it can be casual and minimal on a day that I’m feeling laid back and free spirited. Yet both styles can still be done in my own way because both of those personality traits are also my own.
LEOPARD SKIRT (limited sizes available but on sale!), similar here and here (only $17) | SWEATER, similar here and here | JACKET, almost identical and same brand here, similar here and here | SHOES (less than $50), similar here and here | BAG (only $27) | EARRINGS
The great thing about the leopard skirt trend is that, not only can so many different types of people wear it and make it their own, but you can bring all different parts of your own personality into one single look with a bold piece like a leopard skirt. Who knew a leopard skirt could be so deep and introspective?! Hahaha!
I tried to style the leopard skirt in a way that described me. I try to do this with all of my outfits, but I wanted the leopard skirt to capture multiple parts of my personality if that makes sense. The skirt itself is confident, something I try my very best to be. I’m also a laid back person (at least I like to think I am) so I wore a simple, oversized sweater. But the sweater and skirt alone looked a little… well, frumpy, so I layered a leather moto jacket over the sweater so that I felt more framed and put together. Again, something that’s important to me.
For whatever reason I try to resist the notion that I’m ultra girly even though I know full well that I 100% am (and always have been) so I carried a feminine, Chanelle inspired, quilted bag and wore a bold lipstick. And finally, I find a lot of comfort and respect in things and styles that are classic and timeless. This is something instilled in me by my dad and it definitely translates into my style, especially as I get older, so I wore a classic and timeless pair of nude and black cap toe pumps. The nude tied in with with the nude tones in the skirt and sweater and the black obviously brought it all full circle.
Don’t for a second think that you can’t wear an edgy leather jacket with a classic and feminine pair of pumps or that you can’t wear a floral sundress one day and a band tee the next. If both of those things speak to some part of your personality then, by all means, wear them and wear them together! Stay true to yourself, make it your own, and wear it with confidence. Chances are you’re gonna look great if you follow those steps. 😉
I would honestly and truly love to know what you guys thought of this post! It’s a little off kilter with the rest of my outfit posts but this skirt really encompassed all of these feelings of self definition that I’ve always felt, how style plays a huge roll in that, and how I try to make it a positive thing. 🙂 I hope this is something you guys can relate to and I hope you take your current favorite trend, make it your very own, and feel absolutely fabulous in it! 😀