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
Glasses // Prescription Ray-Bans
Photography by Margaret Jacobsen
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