Thursday, October 15, 2009

A Creature of Habit a.k.a. My Inability to Dress My Age

Have you ever heard someone say that as you grow older, you are better able to identify your true, personal style? Maybe you've even said it yourself. I have.

And I think it's true. Trouble is, I get so confused about all of the different things I like.

I recently discovered that while I get all drooly over Anthro, I tend to like their things more in theory than in practice. When it comes right down to it, I'm not a quirky, flowery gal. I love to look at quirky, flowery things and I have been known to buy them, a time or two. But they often end up hanging in my closet, waiting for a destination or event worthy of their specialness.

I promise, I am not abandoning Anthro. My pulse will continue to quicken on the rare occasion that I find myself in one of their stores.

But moving forward, I'm a J Crew gal. (The kind that gets ideas from their catalogs and then shops at TJ Maxx.)

At least that's what I've chosen to tell myself.




I'm a little of this - layered and neutral and blue-jeaned. With just a smidge of flounce underneath.


I'm certainly a little of this - with the cozy and the stripes.



Love every. last. detail.














The problem with all of this? On any given day, you will not see me in anything resembling any of this. Unless you happen to catch me on a Sunday. Or date night.

What you will see me in 9 times out of 10 is something along the lines of:




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There's no easy way to say it: I'm a 33-year old, trapped in a sporty, 19-year old's wardrobe.

And the worst part? I don't have a sporty bone in my body.














17 comments:

  1. I am SO a JCrew girl! My love affair started in 8th grade, and I haven't looked back since.

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  2. I'm an Anthro girl with no deep pockets to fund the habit. I do the vintage thing (a la your TJ Maxx experience) to put outfits together I see in the eye candy Anthro catalogue. And, I might add, that my 9 year old today asked me if I was "really going to wear that" out of the house...hmmm...maybe I'm dressing more like a 19 yr old too! :)
    ox
    L

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  3. I bought a sweater like that green one on sale at Eddie Bauer on Sunday...it's a hoody minus the buttons. The same day I bought a pull over fleece comfy zip up thing...yeah...that's what I'm wearing right now..and will probably continue to wear all the time for the next ten years...which is at least how long I've had my favorite super sale J.Crew "fleeces." I paid a small fortune for a really really cute jacket at Anthro last year...and have yet to wear it!!!

    : )

    Julie

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  4. I love to think of myself as an Eddie Bauer gal...all outdoorsy and cool looking on a fall day, going on a hike, picking apples, raking leaves in relaxed style. Truth me told, I'm more of a homeless chic lady, looking like I've just crawled out of a cardboard box. At least the box is from Pottery Barn though. It's gotten worse since I don't work out of the house anymore. It's gotten much worse. I keep begging my friends to call 'What Not To Wear". I got that down pat. I could be the poster child!

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  5. I love, love, love that green sweater outfit. I also love the pictures that represent your reality. You would look good in flannel jammies.

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  6. I feel you. I dream about being trendy but the truth is my sweats from Target are my favorite piece of clothing. Can you "dress up" sweats?

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  7. I am the same way. I have been wearing those Jack Purcell Converse since college in 1992! So, I am a 36 year old trapped in an 18 year old body. I am so with you. SOOOO WITH YOU!

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  8. I can attest to the fact that this all is most definitely your signature style.

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  9. "smidge of flounce"
    You lost me there.

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  10. Shawn, so glad I'm not the only one!! Pictures all look just like you Shannan, but you could wear a sack, paper or plastic, and look trendy! :)

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  11. My staple wardrobe is Old Navy sweat pants, Old Navy t-shirts, and a pair of American Eagle slip on tennis shoes. I would love to wear cuter and trendier clothes, but the truth is, I am a much happier person when I am comfortable in my clothes, and if that means always wearing sweats and flip flops, then so be it!! I love your "everyday" clothes!! Cute and casual! :)

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  12. I love Anthro, always have, always will. But, I think it is the look I am drawn to more than anything. I love their home stuff...one of my 1st major home purchases in college was a mirror coat rack that is has been by every front door since then. That being said JCrew is my all time favorite store. They keep getting better and better (and more expensive.) I turned down a job offer there once and I am kicking myself to this day... I would've gotten $500 in free clothes to start out with not to mention the discount. Okay, sorry about taking up so much space, but you found my sweet spot and it is JCrew!!

    Smiles!
    Michelle

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  13. I feel your fashion identity crisis and can completely relate. I have worn the same tees and tanks and capris for what feels like forever, and lately I feel ready to branch out. I bought pretty new items (all on super sale), but they sit in my closet teasing me as I keep pulling out the same ol' stuff. Maybe I need to donate all of the old, which really looks its age, and then I'll be forced to put my new "style" clothes on. Hmmm...

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  14. You know what my signature style is...and the tag should sport a bunny! I only wish my daughters would have followed the lead. Maybe someday the Ruber will.

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  15. I hear ya!! SHOUT IT!! I love how anthro looks on others but it just doesn't happen on me--price and appearance. JCrew, GAP--yes, I fall in that category--TJMax is where I make it happen :)

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  16. Love the first outfit; so me (only 4 sizes smaller)Have a great weekend.

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  17. i'm not sure what you're worried about, you're possibly the best dressed person i know...not that that's saying a lot, but for what it's worth...☺

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