Freckles in April: Fashion Blogger (for a day): Becca

Monday, May 9, 2011

Fashion Blogger (for a day): Becca

Fashion Blogger for a day

I've known Becca almost as long as I've known Nikki. We grew up together in the SF Bay Area and I was really lucky to find her again through blogging sevenish years later. She has rocked the short hair for as long as I've known her and occasionally throws in some really great glasses for good measure. Plus, she and her husband, Kyle, do things like throw annual fancy dress grilled cheese galas wearing thrifted formal wear. It pains me that I live too far away to score an invite to that because, seriously. A grilled cheese gala? How could you not?

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I am not skinny. I am not stunningly beautiful.  Having a baby made my face chubby and my hair brown.

But it's still possible for me to look cool!  The key to my style: be interesting.  You don't have to be hot or have a perfect body to look cool.  You just need to add a little something to an otherwise blah outfit.

For example: I have nothing against wearing jeans and a t shirt to everyday activities.  But I never wear just jeans and a t shirt.

Shirt, Target. Vest, Forever 21. Jeans, Gap.

I usually just throw on a vest.  It adds some interest.

Shirt, thrifted. Vest, American Apparel. 
Shirt, Shade. Vest, Forever 21. Glasses, Lucky.
(I somehow have a lot of vests.)
(Also, I've had glasses for years because I'm nearsighted, and NEVER wore them.  Several months ago I decided to embrace my bad eyesight and make glasses part of my identity--and consequently, I have a new constant accessory.  I recommend it.)

In the dastardly winter of Utah (which we're finally getting out of), my outdoor uniform is jeans and a black peacoat.
Coat, Gap. 
Far too boring.  This is much better.
Brooch, vintage. Scarf, thrifted.
Brooches and scarves are the easiest things in the world to throw on, with big results.  (I recommend thrift stores and antique stores for cheap accessories. That brooch cost me $5 at an antique store, and the scarf was fifty cents.)

Sure, I want to lose 20 pounds, I have very little money to work with, and my baby girl will wipe carrots and sweet potatoes on anything I wear.  It's not worth it to me to put on expensive clothes that will just get filthy, but it doesn't mean I have to wear sweats all day (as appealing as that sounds).  Just putting a little effort into what I wear makes a big difference in how I feel about my looks.

(Helpful hint: Skinnies or jeggings are the most comfortable pants in the world, and almost anything you wear with them will look cool. T-shirt and bootcut jeans? Blah.  T-shirt and jeggings? Hip.)
I'm not super hot, but I get compliments all the time on what I'm wearing, and that's enough for me.  People always notice my accessories.  It's all about putting on something basic and adding something awesome to it.  And that's what makes it YOUR style.

4 comments:

  1. I love this post! I'm doing the Mission: Put Together stuff (http://www.flickr.com/groups/missionputtogether/) this month and it's motivating me to do just one or two little things to pump up my "average" outfits. And those little things get noticed - by the other commenters online, by women in my office (and, oddly but fantastically, by the very redneck guy at the cafe the other day) and by myself when I actually LOOK at my outfit through the photos I take.

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  2. What a fantastic take to getting dressed, make it interesting. I love the idea of throwing something extra over t-shirts and jeans to make them not-so-blah. I would probably reach for a cardigan, but that's because I'm cardi-phile.

    North Meets South

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  3. i love this! be interesting! it is a gift we give our kids to show our personalities in how we present ourselves.

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  4. TOTALLY. It's like you read my non-existent fashion journal and then put it online. I've got zero dollars and zero intrinsic hotness of body, but I try to just own it and put on something a little bold or a little off, and just today some classy hipster from PORTLAND complimented my shirt! Truly I have arrived.

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