Style Story


beginning
I was the baby dressed in florals, sailor collars, and denim overalls. As a kid I would've laughed if you described to me how I dressed now a days. I was the ultimate tom boy stuck in my denim overalls posing with peace signs and arm flexes in every picture if it wasn't for church days. Even then I'd be climbing fences in my dress and making holes in my tights as they had a knack for getting caught at the most inconvenient times during tag. I just wanted to play outside and dressing up wasn't a big deal for me then. I put on what my mama gave me and when I got to choose my own outfit it was all about comfort and pockets(not much has changed).

middle
Transplanted to Las Vegas at the age of 9, schools here wore uniforms. They weren't my favorite thing to wear, and I think its because of them that I began to make an effort to wear what I wanted. During middle school I collected a lot of shoes (like 30 pairs) of Nikes and Air Jordans with a colored tee to match. That didn't last very long either once I began to experiment with my style and wanted to feel more girly growing up like the other girls I'd see at school. Back then the only place I knew where to shop was Forever 21. This is where I started to find out what I liked, what I didn't, and what style I could possibly associate myself with. I was attracted to artistic pieces that had a quirk about them. I still own a rust orange coat from there 10 years later, how strange. 

By the time I was a senior in high school fashion and style was something I could depend on. I hated speaking in front of the class so much that I'd rather receive a failing grade then present. I felt like my clothes spoke for me, they could say all that I couldn't about what kind of person I was and what I was interested in. I was very much focused on becoming an architect that year until I took my very first CAD class, it was dry and I wanted something more creative where I could express myself in a different way. That was the year I decided to major in Fashion and pursue my dreams at the time of working for a fashion magazine/ visual merchandising (I wanted to do everything really).

end
I found the industry fascinating, I found personal style to be so important, and I learned so much during my classes at The Art Institute. This was my vintage phase mixing thrifted pieces from different times with clothes I already had. My mom wasn't a big fan of the smell and soon I became a hoarder of thrifted clothes that ended up in piles of dry clean and alterations. By this time I was learning what my style consisted of. Very eclectic, happy prints, and vintage inspired. It was also around this time where I fell in love with Anthropologie. It's a strange and awesome feeling to find a store that embodies the kind of life you want to have. Anthropologie was that for me and still is, I made it my goal to work there at some point I even wanted to work for free and now it's about to be my 2 year work anniversary <3 

present
Today I'm constantly working on editing my closet. My style is always refining itself and I'm more focused on buying quality pieces rather than quantity. I love Anthropologie, Madewell, Scotch & Soda, and other retailers that make me feel artistic, comfortable, confident, detailed, and classic. I learned not to limit my closet with just certain retailers, usually if I come across something I love no matter where its from I'll buy it and incorporate it with what I already have. I don't think there will ever be a point in my life where my style suddenly stops refining itself and I've reached this finish line maybe when I reach my 80's I'll know I've made it. But for now, I've come a long way and have actually become really girly which I don't mind. Dressing up and having personal style is all about what makes you happy to put clothes on every day. I literally smile when I see my closet each morning wondering what outfit I'll come up with next. 

I hope my style story was able to inspire you in anyway to love your personal style wherever your story started to where it is now. I'd love to hear about your story in the comments below and how you would describe mine, I'm curious! I'm still learning about my own style and this blog has helped me to embrace its loveliness entirely. Thanks for reading!

-Denny

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