I did some online shopping recently, and when I completed my purchase I was asked to take a quick, one-question fashion survey. I clicked yes, because why not? The little box popped up-
“Choose three words to describe your personal style.”
There was a short list to choose from with words like girly, classy, sophisticated, flirty, sassy, etc. My one-question survey suddenly felt more like a homework assignment, or worse, a personality assessment. I don’t know how to sum up my personal style in three words. That’s a lot of pressure to put on someone, so, I closed the window.
I pondered the survey for a while, and I realized that I wasn’t fashion-inept for not being able to answer it. It’s not that I couldn’t come up with the right answer, it’s that they were asking all of us the wrong question. I think if you want to assess someone’s personal style, the more appropriate survey would be-
“What are three items in your wardrobe you couldn’t live without?”
Simple. My answer to that survey: converse, a white baggy T, and workout pants. Every one of these pieces is representative of my style. I own each in multiple colors, cuts, or patterns. I wear at least one of these items, if not all three in combination, almost every single day. Yes, guilty as charged. Every time I find a variation of any of these that I like, I buy it. What’s one more yoga pant or off the shoulder tank?
I can wear a pair converse with pants, dresses, or shorts and still be comfortable running around town and getting a million and one things done. I love wearing baggy tops with skinny jeans or flaired (because let’s be honest, you don’t have to suck it in if you are wearing a flowy top). But undoubtedly, the most important staple piece in my wardrobe is my Strut-This yoga pants. Think I’m crazy? Yoga pants, you ask?
Not crazy, and yes Strut-This yoga pants! I’m especially in love with my Emerson yoga pants, so much so that I have them in three colors. I would be hard pressed to come up with a better example of a style piece (and yes, I consider them a stylish piece!) that I couldn’t live without. My Strut-This yoga pants are for way more than yoga. They are my go-to style staple.
On weekdays I’m usually running errands, driving to meetings, or working from coffee shops. On the weekends my activities range from shopping at local farmers markets, to brunching, to tackling home projects. I would say 75% of the time I’m in some combination of yoga pants, Converse, and a boyfriend-tee. It’s a look that’s comfortable enough to wear for 10-12 hours straight and effortless, without looking lazy. Later in the evening, or if I’m feeling especially spunky in the morning, I like to change it up a bit with a sheer or embellished flowy top, adorable flats, and my favorite statement jewelry pieces. Because they are long, I can even rock the Emerson pant with Espadrille wedges.
Looking effortlessly chic and actually being effortless are not always the same thing, but it’s a look I can achieve easily with yoga pants and the right accessories. Have I convinced you yet? Did I mention I actually do yoga in them? Talk about versatile, comfortable and easy. Oh, hey, there are the three words I was looking for.
My point being, you should never feel pressured to fit into pre-defined categories when it comes to fashion. Wear what makes you feel the best, whether it’s spiked heels and a blazer, or converse and yoga pants. Your personal style is just that, personal. So be unique, be comfortable, and be yourself.X