We all know Instagram is an amazing platform for many reasons, but one reason I am thankful for it is because it has given me the confidence and ability to express myself though personal style. While getting ready to shoot photos in this printed dress from 405 Story (ps: this dress is currently on sale, you can shop it here: https://www.405story.com/collections/dresses/products/zooey-dress-botanical ), I thought about how my style has evolved since the rise of social media.
My style has been vintage inspired since the end of high school, but I definitely used to downplay my style and dress a lot more mainstream. I remember I started wearing my hair as it is in these photos while I was in college, and people made fun of me or called me "Snooki", so I stopped. It wasn't til a few years ago when I discovered bloggers on Instagram that I realized there were other girls who had a similar style to me, which encouraged me to dress how I really want to, and not worry about other people's opinions.
While having confidence to dress a certain way is great, on the other hand, I often wonder how many people on Instagram have manipulated their style just for the sake of their "personal brand". Of course we all play up our style a bit to illustrate our point of view, but at what point do our outfits become costumes? If there were no cell phones or cameras around to document your outfit, would you still be wearing that? Everyone's style inevitably evolves, but if we scrolled back through your Instagram to three years ago, would we see remnants of the same style? I think it's a fine line between staying true to who you really are and your online persona and how you portray yourself on social media.
Have any other bloggers out there ever felt the same way? How do you express yourself through your style but still stay grounded?
Dress: c/o 405 Story
Bag: Mint Market: Shoes: Macy's
Location: Northern Liberties, Philadelphia
I spent last week on vacation in Florida with my family, where I shot photos in these bathing suits from Unique Vintage. I haven't bought a bathing suit in four years (more about why below), so I was super excited about receiving these.
Like almost all girls, of course I enjoy shopping, but browsing for bathing suits is something I dread. I've been busty since high school, and always felt uncomfortable in a bathing suit, which made me never want to shop for them. I'm definitely more comfortable in my body now that I'm older, but I still don't like to show it off in public. In the age of The Kardashians and barely there bikinis, it can be hard to find bathing suits that are conservative, but still cute. Unique Vintage does a great job with this. I never wear two pieces anymore, but I was completely comfortable in this high waisted one. Both suits were great for keeping me in up top as well. I felt like I could go in the ocean without worrying, and wasn't constantly adjusting myself all day on the beach.
If you are top heavy, or just looking for a more tasteful swim option in a sea of cut outs and thongs, definitely check out Unique Vintage. I know I'll be ordering from them then next time I need a new suit.
Bathing Suits: C/O Unique Vintage
Shop the one piece suit here:
Shop the halter top here:
Shop the high waisted bottoms here:
*For reference, I am wearing a size Medium in both suits and I am a 34DD bust.