Sometimes, I get really frustrated with fashion. While the fashion industry has always been notorious for making clothes for a certain type of woman (usually white, tall, and thin) and excluding the rest, it seems like current trends veer even more to the typical fashion girl stereotypes. If I even attempted to wear a boxy midi slip dress with athletic-style sandals, my 5'2" frame would most likely turn into that of Spongebob Squarepants or of a kid trying on their Mom's clothes with their Dad's shoes. Some trends I just have to shrug off-- they'll never be for me. But some I can adapt to fit me; because fashion may be about trends, but personal style is how you pick and choose what works for you, and apply "fashion" to yourself. Which is why I've been all about "how to's" recently. Isn't that why people started following blogs in the first place? Because of the practical tips and knowledge that helped the average person digest the eccentricities of fashion?
As Spring style is now in full swing, I'm starting to adapt some of Spring's biggest trends to fit me. One of them is the sleeveless trench; a loose-fitting, long vest with just the clean lines that provide just a hint of structure. While the stereotypical fashion girl could easily pair hers with white culottes and sneakers, I'm opting for something a bit less minimal and more flattering on my shape. These high-waisted, straight-leg jeans are also totally on-trend, but elongate my leg and work well with the lines of the vest. The lace-up sandals give me some needed height, but still have a more casual, Spring feel to a strappy sandal or a pump. And the printed cami gives just a little hunt of color and fun...you know, to change things up (plus, its a palm print! How LA!). Voila!