This series is called “Fashion Philosophies and Where to Find Them.” After spending time in many corners of the world, I constantly come back to how amazed I am at people’s ability to express themselves through something as simple as the fabric they wear. My contributors come from all over the world, and this is how they have shaped their own personal style as it relates to their identity.
I have always cared about the way I look. My appearance, and how others perceive it, has historically meant far too much for me.
Clothes help me feel confident. Wearing a black turtleneck, Levi’s, and a chic coat, I feel self-assured enough to slay my day.
Back to Basics
There are three main things that I value in clothes.
Number one? Projected maturity.
I want my outfit to convey that am, at least on some level, an adult. I might not have it all together, but I can certainly dress like I do. Dressing like the woman you want to be is a major step in becoming her.
Number two? A sense of modesty.
The balance between sexy and demure.
I want to look attractive, but not because of my body. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. But I personally feel more grown-up when I’m covered up.
I used to wear cleavage-baring outfits, which did make me feel attractive, yet was left consistently empty when I didn’t receive enough attention based on those looks. Now, I hope that my smile and personality can be what makes me most beautiful, all while looking physically put together.
The final, and maybe most important, value is effortlessness.
I don’t like thinking too deeply when putting together an outfit, and I don’t want to look like I’m trying too hard either.
Sticking to a neutral palette and basic silhouettes helps. It’s easy, stops me from buying things I don’t need, and I don’t have to try and match colors together.
If something isn’t white, cream, beige, brown, grey, or black, I’m probably not going to buy it.
The only exceptions to the rule are cute dresses or summer blouses that I can throw on with jeans.
A couple things I don’t like wearing are:
- short dresses
- colorful shorts
- navy, red, orange, or purple
- shoes that feel too chunky
- anything with any kind of applique.
My Style Evolution
I get style inspiration mainly from Pinterest, my friends, and people I see out and about. Sometimes you don’t realize something is cute until you see it on someone else. I have also always loved the ’90s-esque look and will literally never stop wearing high-waisted jeans.
Overall, the main thing for me is confidence. If something makes me feel amazing, then I’m going to wear it.
For more of Anecia’s style, check out her absolutely aesthetic Instagram @aneciaascalon!
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