How Has Your Style Evolved?

Lately, I’ve been thinking about the evolution of my personal style. As a kid I was a chubby tomboy who favored dirty overalls and baggy T-shirts. In middle and high school, inspired by the indie music scene, I became a thrift shop queen (budding hipster?) with a large collection of vintage T-shirts. In college I decided I would become rural Oregon’s answer to Carrie Bradshaw and often wore tutus to my Comparative Religions class.For awhile in my early 20s I tried to do the “young professional” thing with lots of pencil skirts and Banana Republic blouses, and today I’ve settled into an eclectic mix of all of the above. Who knows what the future holds, although I’m definitely looking forward to a long and prosperous muumuu phase.

I love fashion because what we wear reflects not just our personal tastes, but also our society, culture, and time period (for proof just take a peek at your parents’ prom photos). The clothes that hang in the stores and in our closets were born of movies, TV shows, political movements, and runway shows in Milan. On a personal level, anything from a hard breakup to a new job can change the way we dress.

How has your style evolved over the years? What events in pop culture and your personal life sparked changes in the way you dressed?