Dressing Up

‘Bout time for a new post eh?
As explored in a previous post, I tried defining my stylistic decisions. But how did I get there? Well, a little personal history is needed for this.
As a child, I wouldn’t say that I was consciously fashionable at all. As a matter of fact, I was quite the opposite – my wardrobe was not much part my preoccupations at all and therefore limited. My mom would dress me in little dresses over turtlenecks (that is believe it or not coming back) and. for a long time, I’d be the only girl in a dress running down the school hallways playing tag with the boys. Until I started minding. I wanted to start wearing pants like most kids around me, but it wasn’t until 6th grade that I excitingly slipped on my first pair of skinny jeans.
There was this gap time where my style was nebula like, dispersed and undefined. Then I realize that it was my music camp that helped me start refining my style. It put me off to more of a hipster phase, but the timing was just right, as cut offs and band t-shirts were a thing again, transcending all the low waisted pants of the 00’s. I started finding an interest in fashion to help define my style. I started researching it online. I started to express myself in a new form. Quick anecdote: this was around back in 2008, and I had no idea where to start exploring the vast world of fashion online. So I just googled words such ‘fashion’, which made me stumble upon the humble blog Fashiontoast. Immediately admiring the unique photographic angles, the effortless style, and relating to her as she is also half-Asian, she quickly became my main my go-to blogger for style inspo. Who knew she’d be where she’s at today, woah. Also googling my at first limited fashion vocabulary, I typed in the word ‘lookbook’. Yes, kind of lame, but brought me to the now indispensable blogging tool and community Lookbook.nu. Anyway, I ransacked all of my mom’s surprisingly valuable vintage closet (to prove my point the culottes in this post were her’s), and when that wasn’t enough, I went thrifting. My knowledge of brands and of their influence also grew.
Then came my job at American Apparel. It was my last year of high school, and it was time for me to find a job and get some serious clothes for cegep, as wearing a uniform spared me from stressful mornings full of fashion crises. The retail job definitely helped me easily build my wardrobe with stylish basics. All the money I earned also finally allowed me to save up and buy some statement pieces that I lacked. And never did I know I would be ever so exposed to the fashion world, and now, fashion blogging.
Where do I look for inspiration now? Instagram and its panoply of posts of course, fellow bloggers, sites such as style.com, a bit of Whowhatwear, retail sites themselves, and also recently, Hazine. The options are all out there, now it’s just about limiting myself.

Enjoy!
Katia

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