It seems that a lot of people are identifying with my minor identity crisis at the moment – I’m glad to know it’s not just me! For me, it’s a definite age related thing – I’m now starting to refer to my “quarter life crisis”, it’s a thing, I swear! Actually, a lot of the things listed in that post don’t apply to me, but enough for me to think that I probably am panicking about getting older but still not feeling it.
Nevertheless, I’m trying to address my wardrobe situation slowly, thinking about what feels “me”, like something a 25 year old would wear without trying to be over the top “grown up” but also not trying to dress like a teenager. I’ve turned a lot to jeans recently. I’ve managed to amass a small collection of jeans that fit me well (finally!) and I’m happy in them because they’re comfortable, flattering on my figure and feel like you can’t really go that wrong in a pair of jeans. The only issue I’m having is that I’m needing more tops to go with them.
I’ve never liked to go “basic” in my choice of tops, but that’s what I’m heading towards at the moment – I’m going to say “classic” instead, I think! This grey knit top was one that I bought in Zara in Salzburg. I ended up with a strange selection of pieces that day – cherry print high waist shorts (hello, pin up side of me trying to stick around!), faded pin stripe cropped jeans (trying to appease evening weather in Austria mountain summers) and this twisted grey top (the twist looked really flattering and it was so comfortable).
I think part of the problem is that my current wardrobe and past sense of personal style is clashing with current trends. I’m not a trend-dictated person but I am trend-influenced I’d say. I take part of what’s in fashion at the current time and mix it with what I already have and already like. What’s in at the moment really doesn’t mix with my feminine, retro wardrobe. It’s all cool, sportswear inspired and feels very “young”. As an example, crop tops like this one look awesome to me and I’d love to wear them, but the way they dip inwards on the upper chest with the straps just does not work with my larger bust (straps on show every wear and makes me look an odd sort of in and out shape at the top). I think my feeling is that I want to be able to wear certain trends and pieces but can’t really do so at the moment, which is making my old wardrobe seem stale and old fashioned to me.
Luckily, bodysuits seem to be a trend that’s in at the moment and I’m happy with that because they work well with the high waisted jeans and skirts I already own. And just like that personal style is always changing and evolving, so I’ll get there in the end. To be honest, I’m perfectly happy wearing jeans and basic tops at the moment – they just don’t always feel “blogworthy”, something I’ve struggled with in the past. Nevertheless, I’m going to keep sharing outfits like this because they’re my daily outfits and part of my personal style, which is my identity for me, that I’ve always wanted to share on this blog.