Not to quote Blake Lively’s Instagram bio, “but I was the worst at senior quotes.” However one of the many things I love about fashion is that it is a way to introduce who you are and what you want to be without ever saying a word. Personal style is a form of artistic expression (closet rummaging) that is about more than the pieces you choose to put together—it’s about how you wear it. I know that’s a super cheesy, cliche thing to say—but it’s true! From your party shoes to your “I just can’t today” sweatpants you are choosing what to show the world of who you are that day.
Some people have a clear aesthetic when it comes to their style, from Blair Waldorf chic to cool-girl punk rocker. My look, however, is as all over the place as my Instagram page. I get too excited by colors and countries and yummy bites to filter it all into monochrome perfection. It’s unpredictable and vivacious—something I try to channel via my closet. I love that through makeup and accessories you can change the entire look of an outfit. You can take shorts and a shirt from class and coffee to a concert or girl’s night out with a good necklace and a bold eye. Some days I wake up feeling sporty so I throw on tennis shoes and some funky leggings. Other days I want to feel a little badass, so I head out the door in biker boots and a leather jacket. Or, on days like this, I opt for a summer sundress and simple accessories.
This easy Free People slip dress in 100 percent Viscose is perfect for summer with dropped arm holes and a fun, swingy silhouette. I paired it with menswear inspired shoes from Aldo and ruffled ankle socks to give it a little edge while still maintaining a soft, flirty feel. Shop a similar pair here. I chose to keep my accessories and makeup simple and steered clear of heavy foundation, in favor of a light bb cream and my go-to custom eye palette from MAC cosmetics; and topped it off with Tarte lash paint mascara and Kat Von D’s everlasting liquid lipstick in Lolita II.