Muted Pink and My Favorite Moto Jacket
“Do you really wear pink all the time?”
This is, undoubtedly, the question that I get asked most often by those of you who read or follow along on Instagram. I’ve had times where I’ve shown up to an event or meeting in all pink and people look at me in disbelief. It’s as if they were expecting me to show up in black and tell them I have a whole secret closet for “real life”.
In short, the answer to this question is “yes”. It is a rare occasion that I am not wearing or carrying at least one pink item. But, it wasn’t always this way…
When I was younger, like many people just trying to figure out who they are and what they like, I flip-flopped from one fashion trend to the next at the drop of a dime. I went from wanting everything in my closet to be solid black, to loving chunky silver jewelry, dressing like I was 60 in a courtroom, to dressing like I was 16 at a frat party. I didn’t know who the hell I wanted to be, so getting dressed was a constant struggle.
There were days that I would find myself sitting at the base of my closet with tears in my eyes, repeating over and over again “nothing looks good on me”.
Now, years later, I know the real reason behind my struggle. It wasn’t that I was convinced that I was some hideous monster; it was that nothing in my closet made me feel like myself. I was tired of getting dressed everyday pretending to be someone I wasn’t.
Have you ever felt this way?
Finding my personal fashion sense and inspiring others to do the same is one of the biggest and most important reasons for why I started blogging. I know firsthand the feeling of relief and confidence in discovering your true style. Wearing something that represents who I am as a person is truly refreshing.
I am a light and airy, fun-loving and kind, feminine and outgoing. Blush or muted pink is a representation of my personality day in and day out.
Of course, having a signature color palette makes curating my Instagram aesthetic a whole lot easier, but it’s more than that. Branding plays a huge role in establishing your own business, and being known for something, or having people think of you when they see a specific color, place, or food (for example: Mac & cheese for Jenna Kutcher) is so important.
One of my favorite things about having a platform (no matter the size) is connecting to my favorite people on a deeper level. Just the other day, one of my readers confessed that she never thought she was a “pink person” until she stumbled across my blog. She was at the store and spotted the prettiest pink ruffled blouse and it made her think of me. She said that she typically wouldn’t even try on something like that, but she ended up purchasing it and the first time that she wore it she had never gotten so many compliments in a single day.
The feeling of being connected to you all through something as simple as a color is so strange and beautiful. It makes me happy to think that I’m right there beside you shopping, or giving you a boost of confidence when getting dressed for the day.
For me, having a closet packed with shades of pink, feminine frills, and glittery shoes helps make me a happier, more confident person. It makes me feel like myself, whether I’m running into Starbucks to grab a quick latte, or heading into the office for a full day.
Your color doesn’t have to be blush pink, and you don’t have to have a signature shoe style. My point here is to ask you this small favor: next time you’re feeling discouraged while staring into your jam-packed closet, hearing those familiar words “I have nothing to wear”, I want you to pause and consider what you feel most like yourself in.
Do you feel happy and confident when you’re rocking bright red and a comfy pair of sneakers, or when you’re mixing two bold prints and layering on accessories? Start to take note of the pieces and styles you love wearing, and slowly weed out the clutter in your closet that’s making you feel less than.
When we traveled to DC a few weekends back (see here), I styled this gorgeous faux-leather jacket and muted pink ruffled blouse by Sassanova. Sassanova is located in the heart of Harbor East, and they have some of my favorite items trending right now like this light moto jacket.
Moto jackets are among my favorite closet staples this season. The styles are becoming more feminine, lightweight, and complimentary for a petite figure. This cropped one helped dress down my frilly blouse underneath and make the whole look more weekend-inspired.
I styled these pieces with white jeans (because I never follow the “no white after Labor Day rule”), a blush pink wool fedora, and added on my jewel-embellished Steve Madden pumps (under $65) for a little extra feminine flare.
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Blouse and Jacket by Sassanova of Baltimore
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