Ever since I was little, I’ve always loved clothes. I still remember when little 5th-grader me finally convinced my mom to get me a pair of Mudd bell bottom jeans (gotta love the 90s!). My fashion choices though were not always very “fashionable” and it’s taken me a long time to get to where I am today in defining what my personal style really is.
Once I left for college and moved to a slightly bigger city I had access to so many other brands that my small town mall in Virginia didn’t have. Brands like Banana Republic, J. Crew and the LOFT (this is all before online shopping was as big as it is today!). This new world of influences gave me so much more inspiration to what my personal style could be. Let’s be real though, I was also a broke college student so most of my shopping was still being done at Forever 21.
Fun fact: I never really minded the cluster that every single Forever 21 seems to be. My friends always were impressed my the hidden gems that I found there and would regularly bring me along to help them find the cute things.
Fast forward several years and I’m graduated, made a cross country move to Seattle, have a super low paying PR job and decide I’m going to start a fashion blog! It’s taken me a good 5 years since starting my blog to get my style to the point it is today. A lot of this progress is because I stopped paying attention to what every other influencer was wearing and what the hottest trends were because I know that I’m just not a trendy enough person to pull off the latest odd thing that everyone is wearing. Instead, I really started to focus on what were my most loved pieces in my closet and why, and from there I started to buy other things that were complimentary to what I already owned so that my style started to be come cohesive.
There’s a reason you that you’ll see lots of floral prints, blush pinks, statement earrings and feminine-inspired outfits on With Love, Amanda. It’s because this is what I’ve defined as my signature style. This is what makes me feel my best when getting dressed in the morning and what I gravitate towards when shopping.
In my opinion, being fashionable is not being the person who wears all the things but the person who’s specifically defines their own style to be instantly recognizable and iconic in their own way. It doesn’t mean you need to own and wear all the high-end luxury brands – god knows I definitely don’t and probably never will.
Figuring out what defines your style is a never ending process of refinement and the more mindful you are when purchasing clothing the more fashionable you’ll ultimately become.