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Catching Rae

Sunny Side Out

Occasion: Returns, Grocery Shopping
Dress Code: Smart Casual
Outdoor Temps: 55°F
Activity Level: Moderate
Wearing: Doma leather jacket (Ebay), J. Crew shirt (flea market), Free People "Skylar" jeans (Zappos), chain mail belt (flea market), vintage crossbody (flea market), Donald Pliner western ankle boots (flea market), Ashley Schenkein necklace (Christmas gift from The Parents).

Last week was all about feeling out the kind of statement you'd like to make to the world and coming up with your 3-Word Style Statement. This not only helps you get clear on what your image should be doing for you, but it also helps encapsulate your goals in a snappy, easy-to-remember mantra to help you get dressed fast

I grew up with people always mis-categorizing me as "stuck up," "mean," "too serious," or just plain "sad." It would always crush me to hear someone say, "Wow, you're nothing like I thought you would be before I met you!" 

Even though I love to laugh and make jokes and have a generally kind spirit (unless you cut me off in traffic - yarg!), it was difficult for me to make friends, because my natural resting expression tends to be a little bit frown-y. And my natural concentrating expression tends to be a little bit scowl-y. And at the time, I liked to dress in men's work pants, spikes, and Gene Simmons-style shoes. 

At some point, I realized that my tough attire wasn't getting me the results I really wanted, so it occurred to me that I might want to emphasize my cheerful side as well as my pseudo-brooding, contemplative side, and one of the manifestations of this change has been adding some obnoxiously cheerful colors like acid yellow, persimmon, and magenta to my wardrobe. 

I still pair these colors with serious neutrals like brown (as shown today), taupe, olive, and black, but the brights come out to essentially look approachable so I don't have to. ;)

Tomorrow, we'll look deeper into ways you can translate your own personality traits into signature style traits! Stay tuned!