As 2010 comes to an end (as quickly as 365 days can pass) and 2011 dawns, it is always important to take the time to stop, step back, and assess the year in style.
In January 2010, I boldly revealed my face and started thinking about the different combinations of outfits that can exist in one’s closet. I played with scarves, skirts, shorts, pants, etc. and saw that remixing items you already have can be just as fun as showing off new ones… and less expensive.
When I first started to post my outfits, I tended toward the typical jeans and t-shirt look with a penchant for loose billowy tops. I was more comfortable hiding my frame than showing it off and I’m still working on adopting a slimmer, more figure-skimming silhouette.
My style has evolved alongside my changing hairstyles and I discovered that with a little effort toward styling, an outfit can go from boring to amazing with a few accessories or the right makeup look.
This past year, I took more risks, indulged in boyish looks, and experimented with makeup. I’m not the girliest girl on the block, but having a wide range of style possibilities allows me to be more versatile with my clothing choices. I realized that pushing your creative boundaries by trying on different things helps you figure out your own personal style and it’s not the newest trends or latest items that truly make you stylish.
Speaking of stylish, I met up with fellow petites in San Diego this past Thursday at Gordon Biersch. With bloggers Jean of Extra Petite, Kelly of AlterationsNeeded and Christina of Chibi & Chic, it was fun to converse about the nerdy side of blogging. San Diego readers/commenters Aubrey and Grace were also in attendance and it was wonderful to connect a face to the name. We spoke of many things and laughed the night away. It was then that I truly appreciated the AlterationsNeeded forum and the community that has been built upon it.
I love meeting new people and by sharing our collective experiences, we were able to come away with so much more about petite-friendly companies, styles, and brands.
For 2011, I’ll be writing from the SF Bay Area so please let me know what you’d like to see for the new year whether it’s more outfit posts, fashion events, DIY projects, style guides, etc.!
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