If anyone from high school were to see this post, I imagine they would be very confused. I was what one might call a late bloomer in every sense of the phrase: I had braces until I was a junior and I didn't know how to use a straightener, so I wore it in two ridiculous braids most days. Sometimes, if I felt fancy, I would use some Aussie Sprunch and wear one of those thick cotton Snooki headbands. I couldn't pull off a body con skirt like the popular girls, so I threw in the towel. Sweatpants tucked into Ugg boots and an American Eagle V neck was as good as it was gonna get for me. 2009 was not my year. Example:
The thought of leaving my hometown for college was beyond exciting for me; I had become an avid fan of Pinterest and fallen in love with a few trendy style bloggers (still love you, Beautycrush!) and there were so many things I wanted to try that I wouldn't be caught dead wearing in high school. Style has always been a passion of mine, but it was only fairly recently that I've felt confident enough to wear the things I always adored on other people.
College was definitely my time to experiment with fashion. Right before I left for the University of Kentucky, I ombréd my hair in hopes of looking cool and edgy. I ended up with bright orange hair and not enough money to fix it; this was just one of my many notorious faux fas. If I'm known for one thing among my friends, it's incriminating #TBT pictures. Somewhere out there, floating around the Interwebs, are the remnants of a since-deleted Tumblr account called "Outfits for Meg" where I uploaded daily outfits I felt were stylish for my older sister Meggie to approve or veto. My sisters and I all suffered the same cringey awkward phase only to truly blossom in adulthood when no one really cares what you look like anymore. Whatever, I guess that has kept us humble.
Fast-forward to present time! My first Oregon fall is in full swing, and I am reveling in it. The contrast of gray skies and ultra-saturated foliage, the transition from iced to hot hazelnut lattes at my favorite coffee spots in town, and, best of all, the fashion! I'm one of those annoying "always cold no matter the temperature" people, so fall is my absolute favorite because I get to walk around all day essentially wearing a blanket over my shoulders (see #2 on my wardrobe board) and call it chic. I just started my first ever business professional dress code job, which has been a fun challenge for my broke post-college wallet and my yoga pants collection.
I receive a number of texts and comments asking where I shop, so I'm writing this post to answer those questions and spill a few of my shopping spots. I've been almost exclusively shopping online for like three years now, and it is out of pure laziness. To me, there is nothing worse than spending hours walking around a mall, unfolding and refolding potential purchases, but some people are into that sort of thing.
Here's a list of my all time favorite websites to shop. Most of these places offer free shipping and/or a student discount–two major selling points for me.
You won't find a lot of Forever 21 or H&M in my closet anymore, unless I'm shopping for a trend piece. The quality isn't there, and my style is evolving into something a little more structured and less trendy. A little trick is to shop the sale section of more expensive brands instead of buying full-price cheap materials. I'm a huge fan of Madewell, but I've only ever purchased one item full-price. Everything else is purchased final sale during clear outs, but the quality their brand is known for still holds up.
I hope you enjoyed this fashion piece! If this is something you like from me, do let me know in the comments setion as I'm hoping to expand my content a bit more. What will you be wearing this fall? Follow me on Instagram to see how I style my favorite pieces!