Friday, June 24, 2011

Friend Friday: Ch-ch-ch-changes (in style)

Friend Friday!

This week's topic as stated by Katy:
This was partly fueled by a suggestion from Suze of MissVinylAhoy and partly by my own realization that I like some odd things since I started blogging – things I never would have looked twice at before.

So then, here we go...

1. Since you began blogging do you notice a change in the types of things you gravitate towards while shopping?
I'd say yes. I find that I'm more drawn to pattern than I was before, and that I'm not as afraid of color in unexpected places. That said, I'd say that my style has been more refined. I'm a lot more selective about what I shop for. I take greater risk with pattern and shapes, but I've also reminded myself that I don't really need those pants because I'd rather wear skirts every day. And, oooh! yellow skirts!

2. Do you find, as a fashion blogger, that you dress differently from your family and friends? Do they comment on that?
I think I come from a very stylish family, so they don't think it's weird that I dress the way I do. We have very different styles, but we're all pretty stylish. They do think some of my pattern mixing and color combos are a little funky, but as my aunt says: "Sometimes you wear things that don't really go, but they go." So that's a ... compliment?
I feel like I get more comments from coworkers and friends. My friends are used to my style - this has been a long time obsession, after all - but my coworkers often think it's weird. And my students? Forget it! They don't understand how I could possibly be more comfortable in a skirt or a dress than jeans. I also get a lot of comments that I don't exactly know what to do with. Like those, "Oh, Frances? Yeah, she sets the bar high...." in a tone that's not quite a compliment. Tell me I'm not the only one who gets those comments. I usually smile and walk away or say something about how really, this is me dressing for my own comfort. Seriously, no one up here in the mountains is checking out my style like that.

3. What’s the weirdest fashion that you secretly like, even if you aren’t bold enough to wear it?
I don't know if I'm into weird fashion. I mean, I don't think these fashions are weird. I enjoy some serious pattern mixing and I'm convinced that cowboy boots match with everything. What I wish I were bold enough to wear are crazy bright tights.

4. Looking at current trends – what would you like to try but need to build up the courage to do?
Oh, I wish I knew what the current trends were.... Some things I've seen around the blogs that I wish I could pull off: bright tights (as mentioned above), shorts (I have the same issue with shorts that I have with pants), neon. Neon makes me feel too much like I'm living in my NKOTB love days, but I have a feeling it would look fabulous with my skin tone. Also: head to toe vintage. I wish I could do it well.

5. Toot someone’s horn – what fashion blogger out there inspires you with her bold fashion choices?
Shey's choices always inspire me partly because her style is so different from mine. It's so romantic and vintage inspired, and she makes me think about color, pattern, and cut in different ways.
Also, pretty much everyone else on the blog roll.
I'm the worst ever at tooting horns....


  1. Hi Frances! I like the new layout, especially the green and the fonts on the header. :)

  2. You know, I really don't know what the "current" trends are either. I go with what works for me!!


  3. NKOTB!!!! haha The color blocking/neon thing can definitely go wrong but can also look chic :)

  4. When it comes to trends, sometimes I feel like asking, what ISN'T trending? I think the two biggest "new" trends of the summer are neon and 70's inspiration.

    And isn't it so annoying when other people feel like you are 'too dressed up' in comparison to them? If they were going to feel self conscious about their jeans they should have just worn a skirt - not tell you to wear jeans.

  5. That's so funny, I also associate Neon with the NKOTB era !!! But to me right now, the key is to mix with neutrals instead of the head to toe as was wearing back in the days !

  6. Now you mention it, I am definitely more drawn to colours - I used to dress pretty dull - now I still stick to classic silhouettes but more often in brighter colours. Great post :)


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