My hometown is hopelessly preppy. It’s matured in recent years, as more people leave the city for the suburbs, but it is still completely old school prep school in many ways. There are polo shirts and Lilly Pulitzer dresses and many, many men in boat shoes. Growing up I was one hundred percent down with this style. While people jokingly refer to their goth girl phase or their butterfly-clipped hair, I still have photos proving that I wore two polo shirts with the collars popped. This button down shirt is a definite throwback to my preppy days. And you know what? I’m loving it.
Part of growing up is developing your personal style. Even though I am 30, there are still styles of clothing that I hate to give up. My prep school roots definitely show in this easy summer outfit. The button down shirt was perfect for the heat and humidity on our Sunday trip to Grounds for Sculpture. It’s one of those effortless popover styles that J.Crew does so well.
Recently on twitter and instagram and facebook, ladies are asking where to find decent length shorts. By “decent” I mean that actually cover your behind. It seems like right now in the fashion world there is very little in between: it’s micro length cut-offs or old lady bermudas. But J.Crew does it again. More specifically J.Crew Factory. Their shorts are amazingly 4 inches so they’re actually flattering. Ladies, head to J.Crew Factory ASAP.
While I have grown up and developed a personal style that’s a little less Blair Waldorf, there is obviously things about that style that I want to keep. My budget over the years means that I am never doing a complete closet overhaul. It’s not impossible to change your style, whether it’s a little or it’s a lot. So how do you know what to keep and what to let go when trying to figure out a style that fits you?
Keep quality basics.
This summer time button down is a keeper because it’s basic. It goes with everything and can go from work to play. In fact, I’m working on a summer time work outfit post featuring this top! Whether it’s a black tee or ripped jeans, good basics are always something to keep in your closet.
If you love it, don’t let it go.
Contrary to popular belief, if you love something DON’T let it go. Even if that piece seems silly or doesn’t quite fit the new vibes you’re putting out there, it should still be a part of your wardrobe. Personal style is personal and you should have items that have meaning to you. It doesn’t mean that you are going to incorporate an old torn-up hoodie into your new closet of midi skirts and ruffled blouses. It means that you’re going to keep it to break out at the right time, and maybe only wear it for you. Props to those of you who are able to make everything work in your wardrobe; I’m still working on that one.
Make sure it fits.
Let’s get real here: things aren’t always going to fit you perfectly forever. I loved my pale pink fitted polo shirt. It was a quality basic that could be worn to work and on weekends. Again, I really loved it. But the thing is, I am not my sixteen year old self anymore. It doesn’t fit quite the same and it just doesn’t look right. So if you’re thinking of keeping anything, make sure the fit feels, and looks, just right.