This dress makes me feel like myself which is one of my greatest achievements when I style an outfit. Picking pieces that you truly love and have a calling towards is a wonderful thing. I sometimes wear really bright statement pieces when I meet with friends, or wear dresses to casual establishments. I do this because I love to! It presents myself as, ‘What’s up, I’m Karen, and this is who I am.’ If I want to wear a powerful graphic dress to the coffee shop, I do so because that makes me feel good.
So many women wear the same combination of jeans, a loose blouse, flats, and a satchel. Don’t get me wrong because I have plenty of casual-jean and blouse combinations in my closet. And sometimes, when it’s one of those days, it’s nice to fall within the blur of the masses. It’s comforting, literally and figuratively.
However, I think that stepping out of the mold and presenting yourself differently is a courageous thing. It’s, bold, rebellious and adds a layer of interestingness to who you are.
That’s what I aim for in fashion; to let my truest, inner self radiate from my actions, words, and choice of dress. How great does it feel to look beautiful while being vulnerable? I am a peaceful, loving, colorful person and my $8 Goodwill dress represents that. Score.
I picked up this silver belt at a vintage secondhand shop. Since moving towards my mid-twenties, I want to buy high quality pieces that look grown up. To do this, I use thrift stores as an outlet to scout one-of-a-kind accessories on a low budget.
This belt has an engraved design along thin pads of metal which are connected through small silver loops. I like that it lays in a gentle manner, slightly below my waist. I usually cinch belts up tightly at my waist, so the effortless curve of the belt and no-fuss hooked fastener is a carefree touch to my outfit.
These pictures are from Salvation Mountain in Niland, CA where I explored a couple weekends ago. I couldn’t help but take advantage of the beautiful folk art and stand in front of the whirly cartoon-esk river that pops similar blues nestled within my dress.
The sleeveless simple shift body paired really nicely with my Urban Outfitters hat, a great combination to hike the hipster hill. If you haven’t heard, I was pleasantly surprised to learn about Urban Outfitters’ attempt to attain more sustainable habits. I have always loved Urban Outfitters but noticed that many of their fabrics are thin and fray from washes over the years.
I like to find pieces that are long-lasting and stylish so it’s great to hear that head honchos in the UO offices are aware of sustainable fashion practices, like using vegan fabrics, and are willing to take a step towards recycled fashion. My necklace is from H&M, another leader in sustainable fashion. It’s pretty cool that top retailers are providing their customers with more eco-friendly fashion choices!