As Sweet Blog of Mine comes up on three years, I can’t help but be proud of myself for continuing to take risks with my sartorial choices. From experimenting with color, to dabbling in various textures and silhouettes, I am finally evolving into the person I want to be — from a stylistic standpoint, of course. I touch on this growth about once a year on the blog, because while I do have a certain propensity for repeating myself time and again, it is always a trip going through my old posts and watching my style transition blossom, and, alongside it, my personal journey as well.
In the November issue of InStyle, cover star Tracee Ellis Ross notes, “Clothing was one of the ways you could wear your inside on your outside.” I reflected on these words and how they define my own personal style progress. When I first arrived in New York, I was in the process of navigating a new lifestyle — job, friends, dating, the whole enchilada. Going through the twists and turns of a big city move, I look back on how I dressed in that first year. I see a girl searching for her place in a sea of millions, unclear where she’s headed, but knowing she has time to sort it all out. That girl flaunted her love of vintage and minimalism, but she also fell into a trap of keeping up with trends that quickly took a back seat in her closet, only to never be worn again.
Fast forward to present day, I see a woman dressed in curiosity about her path, only she’s a little bolder, a little wiser, and becoming increasingly more comfortable in herself and what she wants out of life. That girl shops responsibly, with intent driving every purchase, and loves herself a cathartic closet cleanse. She wants to wake up every morning, spread the doors of her wardrobe wide open, and say, “There I am.”
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Photography: Jacob Goldberg