April 1, 2013

Musings on Personal Style (& March Must-Reads)

Question of the month: How would you describe your own personal style? How has it evolved over the years?

I always find it hard to put a definitive label on my personal style but some of my friends have described it as "downtown-chic" - so I'm going to go with that! I tend to prefer more understated looks with lots of layers, neutral/monochromatic colour palettes, leather details, and a designer piece (or two) thrown in here and there.


When it comes to the evolution of my personal style, however, I would say that my tastes have stayed fairly constant for a number of years. My most recent style "phase" (previously mentioned this post) occurred about 6-7 years ago when I preferred to purchase the bulk of my clothing on trips to Asia or from Asian boutiques. 

I was actually able to find some evidence of this phase via some photos I posted on My Style Diary back in the day. Crazy to think that I've been documenting my outfits for that long! As you can see, my style was more girly than it is now (I was obsessed with lace), and I also gravitated towards large statement graphics.



P.S. Don't forget to check out the other girls' answers to this question and their must-reads for the month of March.

34 comments:

  1. I like what I see and my favorite outfit that are Look5,look 6,look7 <3
    kisses:*

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  2. I love your style Alison! You always look gorgeous and very chic. I love that you wear a lot of neutrals and yet they aren't too basic!

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    1. Even though I don't wear much colour I do try and pick pieces that have some sort of detail to keep things a little more interesting :)

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  3. It's great that you've been documenting your outfits for so long - I think that's probably why you have such a great sense of style...seeing photographs really help figure out the right elements for an outfit...after a full-length mirror, I think a camera is an outfit must-have :-)

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    1. Definitely, though I am laughing at my old school digital camera in those earlier pictures!

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  4. I have loved reading these posts. Such great style and so polished!

    Sequins&Stilettos

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  5. Love this post and you're so right about style evolving! I'm definitely going to check out these blogs

    xoDale
    www.savvyspice.com

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  6. Its important to evolve and grow when it comes to style and how one dresses.

    xo Meg<3

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  7. "Downtown chic" is a perfect style descriptor - loving all of these looks! I would describe mine as boho-chic meets city girl. Is that too many words? ;)
    Isn’t That Charming.

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    1. Perfect descriptor, Emily! :)

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  8. I think that is a really great way to describe it! :)
    the-creationofbeauty.blogspot.com

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  9. It's so fun to look back and see how how style has evolved and grown! Love your style - you're so great at layering!

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  10. I love that you've been documenting your style for so long! I so wish that I had been doing that as well. And I know what you mean about labelling your style. I wouldn't have a clue what mine is either. Sometimes you need the outside view of others to pinpoint these things :)

    xoxo Alison
    www.stylingmylife.com

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  11. always so interesting to see your own evolution in style. i remember when i used to buy most of my clothes in asia too and i would always wear the funkiest stuff!

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    1. I know, looking back some of those pieces were so weird too! Like, weird Engrish sayings or strange patterns and colour combinations.

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  12. Aww your style has evolved so much! I would say it's quite natural as we become more mature. I used to love purchasing from Asian wholesale sites because of the cute fashion and it was dirt cheap but my style is still changing.

    dreamdustx | Urban Decay Giveaway

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    1. I think that was one of the draws of Asian fashions too... soooo cheap! But most of it fell apart after only a few wears!

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  13. Adore this post, love. Ones personal style is always evolving. I think that's what keeps it so fun. Fabulous! If you get a sec, I'd love to hear your thoughts on my latest. xo

    www.fashboulevard.blogspot.com

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  14. I love all those looks and espically the last one!

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  15. wow those are awesome. Its amazing to watch how style changes!

    http://everythingsalwayssunny.com
    Kristin
    xx

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  16. I know what you mean about personal style, it evolves and changes over time. Love all these looks!
    Laura. xx

    www.stylishvue.blogspot.com

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  17. Its so strange how our style adapts as we get older, i haven't found mine yet but i'm happy with most of my wardrobe now. Your sense of style is flawless x
    justsayjess.blogspot.co.uk

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  18. Gorgeous looks! You have a fantastic blog!
    Fashion Ganache.
    http://fashionganache.blogspot.com

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  19. I used to post on Style Diary too!

    http://initialed.blogspot.com

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  20. Wow I really like all your looks, I totally agree with your Asia shopping trips I went through a phase where I bought a lot of clothing from asian boutique stores as well.

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  21. I love how simple and casual your looks are. They are all very feminine as well, it's very well put together.

    xxx

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  22. Looooove your style!

    -liv
    http://chocolivlovelaugh.blogspot.kr/

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  23. Love your style hun! It's fab! <33

    I am having an International Giveaway on my blog and I'd love it if you enter for the chance to win Chanel lipstick and some Maybelline goodies! :))

    XO,
    http://www.rosychicc.com/

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  24. You have a great sense of style that looks effortless but still well put together :) I definitely feel like my dress sense is still evolving and I still have days where I look back and think "whyyy did I think that looked good?" xx

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  25. downtown chic would be a good description! you have that sort of effortlessly fashionable vibe to your style.

    and lol my style used to be very Asian-inspired like that too!

    Metallic Paws

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  26. Lovely outfits!

    X Laura

    http://bagsandsushi.com

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