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To this day my "style" is still a work in progress. When I was in high school and college I went through so many phases of how I dressed. I even had a goth phase that lasted for about a month in ninth grade - very cringeworthy memories. When I moved from Pennsylvania to North Carolina for college I immediately traded in my Abercrombie and Hollister for J. Crew, Lilly Pulitzer and the North Face - popular brands seen on the majority of girls on my campus. I don't want to think back on my fashion decisions as me being a follower (hate that term), but more so just another chapter in my personal style evolution. Trying something out is the best way to know if it works for you.
Since starting this blog it's gone through many changes. When I began I really had no clear direction for what I wanted this site to become, all I knew is that I liked fashion and makeup and needed a creative outlet. I didn't set out to be a personal style blogger but over time and after reading many many blogs I realized that personal style blogs were my favorite type to read. I loved seeing how average women like myself took the day's most popular trends and turned them into something wearable and attainable.
Keywords: wearable and attainable. As much as I love fashion blogs, I think it's safe to say that some of the outfits we see on fashion bloggers are not wearable nor are they attainable. And I think as a blogger I'm definitely guilty of wearing some trends and showing outfits that I normally wouldn't have put together had I not been a blogger. I mean, how many 20-something women with careers actually wear bracelets stacked up to their elbows and a t-shirt layered on top of a sweatshirt layered on top of a button down? Can we all agree that fashion is exhausting?
I know that not everyone is going to like my style. I mean, personal style is so subjective. What's "normal" in one woman's eyes could be completely strange in another's. But moving forward with Katie's Bliss I really want my readers to view my style as attainable. I don't just want to be a blogger who throws on a million bracelets just because all the other bloggers are doing it. I don't want readers to look at my blog and think "no normal person would ever wear that." I just want to be me: a college grad living and working in NYC, trying to pay her insane rent, saving up for the next Shopbop sale and impulse buying at H&M. I make mistakes just like everyone else and I'll be the first to admit some of my outfits on this blog have been God-awful. I don't want this blog to be about me having a holier-than-thou attitude regarding fashion. I want to showcase wearable and attainable looks and try out new trends in a way that's flattering for my body.
The outfit I'm wearing above is 100% true to my personal style. It's simple, classic and feminine. No excessive jewelry or layers or ridiculous combination of trends. Just a dress, trench, comfy shoes and accessories that make sense. These are the types of looks I want to showcase on Katie's Bliss.
If you took the time to read this whole spiel - then I thank you! Please let me know what you think and don't be afraid to disagree. This is something I've been thinking about for a while and would love all of your input.