What I Wore // Keep It Simple

When I was in high school, my dad always told me that I look my most beautiful when I just wear a t-shirt and jeans.  Back then I was into wearing all kinds of crazy get ups, dying my hair a new shade every week, allowing myself to explore different sides of myself through different looks each day.  I think when I was younger, I wanted to find beauty in my creative exploration of style because I as an individual did not feel beautiful.  Oh the self criticism that comes along with the teenage years.  But now as a woman, I want to find beauty in the actual me, beauty in style being second to that pursuit of self love.  I am starting to see why my dad said I look most beautiful when I wear just a t-shirt and jeans.  When my outfits are simplified down, I think the more approachable and inviting me comes out.

I think that everyone kind of puts on a costume with every outfit that they wear.  We all try to project who we feel we are or want to be through our clothes.  Girls who want to be glamorous pursue wearing glamorous clothing.  Girls who want to be or are super chill and relaxed dress in a way that reflects their persona.  Whether it's subconscious or in the forefront of our minds, we dress as an extension of ourselves.  And I don't think that there is anything wrong with that.  No one person is is ONE person, do you know what I mean?  How boring would it be if we were one dimensional, if we felt like we totally understood ourselves through and through and had nothing to explore.  Every person is complex and holds many facets to themselves which I think is why fashion can be so fun.  We can reflect our casual and calm side one day and our creative and exploratory side another day through what we wear, how we feel, how we present ourselves to others, and how we address ourselves within our interior worlds.

Why don't you try exploring a new side of yourself through what you wear tomorrow.  It's a fun experiment!  If you were to try to bring forth a more quiet aspect of who you are through your clothing, what would that element of yourself be?  Perhaps you are generally shy, but you know deep down you want to bring out that powerful presence in your everyday life.  Maybe you feel protected by always dressing up everyday.  Perhaps it's time to take that challenge to dress down, revealing more of your vulnerable and open side of yourself.  It's time we all bring voice to another side of ourselves to make our lives feel even more full and beautifully complex.  You are a multifaceted beauty and no one can box you in, not through how you dress, how you act, how you speak, or however you present yourself.

Jeans  //  c/o Madewell
T-Shirt  //  Target
Shoes  //  Sven via Fab
Glasses  //  Prescription Ray-Bans

Photography by Margaret Jacobsen
Thank you for supporting the brands that support Moorea-Seal.com.  With their partnership, I'm able to keep this special space thriving!


Monique said...

You alway look so put together even in simple jeans and a t-shirt. This is my daily uniform. I love a nice dress and heels but jeans and t-shirts are where it's at for me.

Bethany M said...

Super cute! I really need some glasses like yours, though I'm not sure they'll look very good on me like they do on you. ^_^


Jenny Highsmith said...

I love these photos of you! You are so stunning, inside and out! :)

Ladies in Navy said...

such a pretty, simple look!
kw ladies in navy
$75 Anthropologie Giveaway

thedemuremuse.com said...

I think when I was younger, I wanted to find beauty in my creative exploration of style because I as an individual did not feel beautiful.

This one line resonates SO MUCH with what I went through too... and to a certain extent what I'm still trying to overcome. I've been loving seeing how you've styled these Madewell jeans over the week. They are so versatile!


Cara Howard said...

Girl - you are SO BEAUTIFUL. Your hair, makeup, skin, EVERYTHING - so gorgeous. xo

Becca said...

You definitely look beautiful in jeans and a t-shirt! I've been on an all-dresses kick for years, and now I'm trying to reincorporate jeans back into my wardrobe. It definitely has gotten me out of a minor rut!

Ladyface Blog

daer0n said...

You are such a beautiful woman!

Allie said...

Ooh girl I want yer shoez

abbycake said...

As a teen I always wore jeans and t-shirts, I am just now really trying to branch out and do something crazy and different with my style. I only own two pairs of jeans now, it's quite a departure.
xx Abby | a geek tragedy

Jess said...

Moorea, you are such a classic beauty. Seriously. I've never seen anyone be able to rock so many different looks so well. Even in a jeans and tshirt, you're a bombshell. Lucky thing!

I love what you said about your clothes being an outward expression of the inner person, and I relate so much to the line, "No one person is ONE person...." I've been really struggling with the inability to really nail down my personal style. It seems so silly, but it made me feel a little lost--I mean, I can't even figure out this very basic thing about myself. 1950's housewife? Love 'it. 60's mod? Yup. 80's child? You bet. Hippie chic? Love that, too. One day I'm super girly, the next I'm wearing plaid flannel and jeans. That's the thing, though--it really reflects how I feel on different days. I'm really multi-faceted, so why shouldn't my closet be? Feeling much more at peace with my eclectic self right now. :)

Ali said...

You do look beautiful here!

Abbey said...

Moorea, you are a such a beauty.

Katie said...

You look stunning, Moorea.