As I mentioned in a previous post, my friends and I went shopping this weekend to get some new spring clothes, and just look around. While shopping, I told one of my friends that I have this internal struggle with either having really preppy style or totally bohemian, hippie style. She shared my struggle, and it got me thinking… is there such thing as bohemian prep? Does a style like this exist? Is it possible to love the tailored, clean lines of Audrey Hepburn’s era, but also adore Kate Moss? I love fashion, but sometimes I feel like style can be treated like genres, and you must fit within a certain box, or you confuse your peers. Now that I’m thinking about it, my music taste shares this struggle where I like a ton of different genres…maybe I’m just a constant confusion? I don’t know, but what I do know is that if you look at my Pinterest Board, Fashionista, you’ll realize why I feel confused by my clothing habits. My closet is filled with tailored shirts, clean line dresses, but also has a ton of oversized sweaters and tribal print. Below are some outfits I absolutely adore:
I love my Hunter rain boots, and I love skinny jeans of a medium wash, and I love plaid scarves. I love it all. I also have yet to figure out how to properly do a sock bun, but I want to learn because I like the look.
Also, nautical fever? I have it. Red, white, and blue anything. Actually, my sister always teases me that I’m too patriotic because my closet is 80% navy, red, or white hues. But seriously, Blair Waldorf is amazing in this sailor-inspired dress.
I love oversized sweaters and chunky scarves, and ankle boots, and scrunchy socks. My hippie side is rather tame, but I feel like I still have the tendency to buy a lot of “hippie” or “Free People-esqe” clothing. I also love colored pants in deep, warm tones. I feel like preppy clothing tends to be very bright and in your face, which I love, but I also admire the warm, earthy tones in my closet.
I love layering, but I also love the “comfy” look that is in the two outfits above. They feel effortless, yet still fashionable. Also, ultra preppy outfits are hard to accomplish if you can’t layer much, you don’t feel like wearing much jewelry, or you can’t wear a blazer or vest because the weather does not permit. As an English major, I feel super cliche when I dress on the more “hipster” side, but I feel like there is a level of creativity and calmness that is ingrained in this style.
Can we just take a moment to admire the lace top, cuffed jeans, and ankle boot look? I love it, and even though its getting warmer lately, I would love to create an outfit similar to this next fall. When it gets colder, this kind of outfit holds so much comfort.
If I had to choose the perfect style combination I would choose to cross Blair Waldorf and Serena van der Woodsen from Gossip Girl, and Aria Montogomery and Spencer Hastings from Pretty Little Liars. In most of the episodes of these shows, I always identify with both character’s outfits, and try to model my looks after a hybrid of the two. We all struggle to find our personal style, but I think we have the tendency to find someone (a TV show character, an actress, a writer, a celebrity), and try to be similar to him or her. If I could have my pinterest closet, my style would be much more effortless. I guess what I’m saying is, don’t be afraid to mix styles. In fact, try to combine all the different styles you love together. Be happy with your style, and be happy with who you are. I believe fashion and style is an extension of the self, and says a lot about who you are. I saw a quote the other day that said, “who cares about the rules. If you like it, wear it.” That’s something I need to start reminding myself! So, join me on my journey as I create my very own “bohemian prep” style!