I’ve slowly discovered and developed my personal style themes/words over the past several months or so and learning how to dress for myself and not others has been both a challenge and a treat! When I first lost weight from 2020-2021 I was thrilled to have the body I wished I had when I was in high school and college, so most of my clothing items were tight and tiny with the intent of visibility to others around me. I didn’t realize then that I not only was dressing primarily for the misogynistic male gaze, but I also was wearing items of clothing instead of styling real outfits. Most of my looks were centered around form-fitting skinny jeans and Brandy Melville crop tops of varying colors and patterns. While I still love my old-ish Brandy Melville tees that served me well over those years, my style is now my own and it revolves around bright, bold colors and some kind of Little House on the Prairie/cottage core inspiration. Needless to say I’m a confusing mix of highlighter shades (last seen here) and Grandma pieces that would be found in Laura Ingalls’ house (I can’t help it—I love frilly textures and layering lots of natural fabrics!). I’m still and forever will be obsessed with secondhand shopping as much of this outfit was sourced from Poshmark. This button down Zara top has the sweetest pink, orange, yellow, and green floral pattern combined with a doily-inspired Peter Pan collar and puffy sleeves. I wanted to layer the top under this coffee-colored knit shift dress from Madewell because of their similar styles and mixed shades, which felt office appropriate paired with my pink ankle socks and white leather loafers. I almost always have to finish my hair with a colorful hair accessory, and this day’s look constituted bright green flower clips to match the florals in my top!