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Defining Your Style and Exploring Others

I think back to college where I would wear a plaid mini skirt and matching jacket one year, and black pants and a Metallica tee the next. I really didn’t have a defining style. I have always felt fashion should be an extension of yourself, a place to express myself in a creative manner. I do think it wasn’t until I felt more comfortable in my own skin where my style became more apparent.

( a Fall Style as an example of a statement necklace) I love a great  statement necklace

When you look in your closet- do you notice a theme? Do you have all classic pieces with a few trends? Is your closet a mixture of flattering colors or do you keep it simple within a few shades you like to wear?

I have thought of several ways to help define my style. If there is an outfit I LOVE and feel my best in, I take a picture. ( well, as a fashion blogger I make note !) What about this outfit makes it attractive on me?

I also use Pinterest to pin my style and other styles I love that suit me.

Showing my best features. I have noticed throughout the years, I choose clothing that accentuates my best features- I like my legs- so I may wear mini skirts and tights in the Fall. Dresses appeal to me as I enjoy how they make me feel and they  bring out my feminine side. How do you choose clothing to accentuate your best features?

Have a signature piece you like to wear that signifies you!

I collect vintage brooches and love the story behind them

Glasses- I have a bit of a cat eye collection and love wearing this vintage style. Most are Zenni Optical and Warby Parker

I also love great bags, If you follow my blog, you will notice a bit of a collection. -Bags that are quilted, detailed, structured. I love Kate Spade, Rebecca Minkoff, Balenciaga, Louis Vuitton. A handbag can add a pop of color to an outfit, or texture to a look. i.e. quilting or fringe.

In the Fall I love patterned tights which can add some fun and funkiness to your style.

Dresses_ I love dresses and skirts more than I do love wearing pants/jeans. It doesn’t mean I don’t wear those items, I just would define my style as a love for feminine dresses. Dark florals are big this Fall!

Comfortable Yet Stylish Heels: Block heels are my saving grace!

Lace and  FloralsMixing texturesThese are two signature styles that frequent my wardobe. Bold-florals, well made lace.

Almost finally- I would say my signature style is COLOR. Lots of bold colors. I love greens- emerald, olive, khaki. Red, rust, orange, mustard, burgundy, there are so many colors I enjoy wearing! Fall is my favorite season as there is so much texture and color I love to wear!

How could I forget my hair? I suppose I get nice compliments on my red hair. My hair is now going grey with some white on the sides.. so I get a bit of help from my stylist! ( I hope to do a post about how hair can change after Menopause)

How do you describe your style? Romantic, classic, funky, rock and roll, ladylike,boho etc… What other style appeals to you? I don’t think any one of us have just one style, but more of a combination, although we do lean in one direction. What other type of style appeals to you. that you want  to try? Look in your closet, is there a piece/ or pieces that stand out from what you typically would wear? I do enjoy the Bohemian style, the long flowy dresses, easy footwear, looser fitting style, embroidered, flowy.

Do your clothes “say” what you want them to say about you. Look at your closet. Write down some adjectives describing articles of clothing you pick up. IS there a consistant description or do you find your clothing lacking something? I might look at my closet and say, vibrant, colorful, romantic, classy, vintage inspired., fun. I love the descriptors and find that I can express myself this way. As I mentioned, when I think of bohemian, i think “free”, easy, flowing, romance, fun, feminine. Some of these characteristics overlap with my current clothing and style of dress. I will be adding a piece here and there- perhaps a long, flowy , dark floral dress.. and styling it with some ankle boots for Fall.This piece was a bit boho inspired with my fringe sandals and color.

So as you look at your closet-

  1.  Do your clothes convey what you want them to say to people?
  2. Is there a Theme? ( certain styles that you love to wear)
  3. Take pictures of some outfits that you feel GREAT in.
  4. Pin clothing and outfits that you love to Pinterest.
  5. With your style- do you have a signature piece? ( a great leopard coat, moto jacket, piece of jewelry)
  6. What other style would you like to explore that can show your personality?

Hopefully these tips will help you get a handle on your style and consider what/if you want to explore another.

I would love to hear your thoughts on “Defining Your Style”- Share in the Comments section . 🙂 and how you Define your style.

Friday Favorites with Lizzie in Lace

Fun Fashion with Fashion Should Be Fun

#passion4fashion with Rachel the Hat

Fancy Friday with Nancys Fashion Style

Fabulous Friday with A Pocketful of Polka Dots

Vanity and Me Link Up

And really, these are my two BEST ACCESSORIES! ( That I love to take everywhere! 🙂

Gibson, my boy and Truffles, my girl

I will be linking up some of these items. Many of what I have shared here are several years old, but I can find some similar pieces. So do check back if interested. Also, I do buy items on Poshmark, read post on more info. 

Have a great weekend!

jess xo

Outfits: 1st dress- ASOS- paper dolls ( old) Zara block heels. Red clutch- GIGI New York

2nd outfit- burgundy sweater- Ann Taylor ( yrs old) Zara faux leather leggings, Rebecca Minkoff quilted bag

3rd – Green Karina Dress– The Katharine, Brooches from Etsy

4th Rust top-F21,  Zara brown pleated faux leather midi skirt, Louis Vuitton Speedy 35, Burgundy booties Zara ( last season)

5th – Cream Peplum top ( ann Taylor Via Poshmark- Read How to Shop at Poshmark), Lace Skirt- Ann Taylor, Shoes: Nude Tstrap- ASOS ( last season), Balenciaga pink bag

6th-Lace skirt- Ann Taylor ( old) Brown pointed suede shoes: ASOS ( 2 seasons ago)

7th- Karina dress- The Ruby in a dark floral ( 4 yrs old), vintage kitten heel ( poshmark)

8th-Bandage red dress, Coach kitten heels ( poshmark), Leopard clutch Express

Jacquard shoes, ASOS. Pearl Decorated block heel ( Betsey Johsnon-DSW)

Brown Leather Jacket ( Speigel-older) Lace Dress- Zara ( 3 seasons ago) OTK boots ( Sole Society)





  • Amy Christensen
    Posted at 12:07h, 17 September Reply

    I love your feminine style, Jess. You do it so well. I think I am still trying to figure my style out. I am definitely a jeans kind of girl, so I wear those a lot, but I have tried to incorporate different styles and washes of denim into my closet, so my styles look different. I love color, so I have a lot of pieces in differing colors. It is a learning and growing process for me, but it is good to think about and to try to figure out. Great post. Thanks for sharing. – Amy

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:23h, 17 September Reply

      Thank you Amy! Like i mentioned, it does take awhile sometimes to know what you really like and find suits your personality! i find boho appealing too as it is free, flowy and feminine too. i have just starting liking kimonos, which can be a lovely piece to add. I am not a jeans girl, but want to try and wear more jean styles in the fall. It is a process! xx

  • Jennie
    Posted at 14:58h, 14 September Reply

    So many great looks, Jess! I really like your leather pant outfit and your fun patterned tights. I guess my wardrobe is pretty classic, with trends thrown into the mix. Thanks for linking up with Fabulous Friday!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:55h, 16 September Reply

      Thanks Jennie! i am looking forward to wearing the leather leggings this fall and winter,as you know we have a warm spell, so it will be a little while. Glad you enjoyed it!

  • Cristina - Memories of the Pacific
    Posted at 13:01h, 10 September Reply

    It took me a while to define my style too! Lots of trial and error until I found the things that suit me best and that I really like. I guess it’s part of growing up 🙂

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:48h, 11 September Reply

      hi cristina, it really can take some time before you know what you love! x

  • Isabelle
    Posted at 20:04h, 08 September Reply

    Such pretty outfits!

  • jacqui
    Posted at 17:57h, 08 September Reply

    Sharing some lovely styles Jess, and they’re all so different. Have a super weekend. Jacqui

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:09h, 09 September Reply

      Thank you Jacqui! I really do love color and texture in an outfit. Have a great weekend as well! xx

  • budgetbelles80
    Posted at 16:52h, 08 September Reply

    So many excellent looks and I love your pleated skirt look! I have always loved your style!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:10h, 09 September Reply

      Thank you! I have a few pleated skirts I look forward to wearing in the Fall. I appreciate it! xx

  • Lazy Daisy Jones
    Posted at 14:46h, 08 September Reply

    Hi Jodie
    Thanks for linking up with laurie and I for our new link up!
    You are an exceptionally elegant woman and always inspiring too!
    best wishes

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:10h, 09 September Reply

      Thanks so much! I know you meant to put Jess 🙂 Fun new linkup! xx

  • Jodie
    Posted at 09:32h, 08 September Reply

    Those cuties are your best accessories, Jess!
    And I feel the same way! I couldn’t really define my style much, but I have gotten better about it. Really I can now sum it up in one word: crazy!! Ha ha!!
    Have a great weekend!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:10h, 08 September Reply

      Haha! Thanks Jodie! they are. They go with me everywhere. I think it is important to have some diversity in your style.. I do think we all overlap in various styles too. You enjoy your weekend as well. xx

  • Jone't
    Posted at 07:10h, 08 September Reply

    This is a great post, Jess. You’ve given some great style advice and your outfits are so beautifully selected. You’ve got a true sense of identity and it shows in your lovely outfits. Xo Jonet

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:08h, 08 September Reply

      Thank you Jone’t! I really appreciate it. I tried to show a variety of color and styles to my look. So glad you enjoyed the post! xx

  • Nancy
    Posted at 02:17h, 08 September Reply

    I like your style a lot! It s very feminine and you wear beautiful colors! I don t think I have a signature style. It depends on my mood what I wear that day.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:11h, 09 September Reply

      I also depend on my mood, but find that I love certain things. Thank you Nancy! xx

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