Wearing my hair down

Getting My Style On. Most Of The Time.

I’m trying to be stylish again and not just because Katy Perry went to the Grammys in my stolen hair color two months after I did it.

(Note: side-by-side comparisons with Katy Perry are never a good idea.)

And then I read this quote

The only thing that separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorize.

It’s from the movie Steel Magnolias, but back in 1998, I didn’t need to be reminded because I rocked 8 earrings and heels with enough room for embroidery.  In 2011, I couldn’t find a sweater that fit and my favorite dress had a sexy bleach stain on it.

The good news is I never succumbed to the black yoga pants phenom of motherhood. I do own a gray pair, but I force myself to do at least one yoga move before leaving the house. In other words, I earn those babies. Also, I bought them long before I had babies so they don’t count-ish.

So I’ve decided to step it up a notch by throwing away my stained clothing and even more so, by not leave the house without thought, mascara and cool shoes.

One of my fashion attempts:

Styling the boots, plaid, vest, hat sunglasses look
Managing to work big sunglasses, a hat, a vest, plaid pants and knee-high boots all into one outfit is not for the lazy. Unless you happened to not shaved your legs.

I naturally lean towards the funky dressy so I’ve been having fun and always being asked: Are you dressed up for something special? And Where are you off to?

One day, I got so excited that I wore enough layers to clothes a small family and still be dressed. I’m not sure if it was fashionable because I lost my iPhone camera somewhere between the long cardigan and the short dress but I kept getting stuck in he tank top and Henley pullover.

Here are more attempts (mostly partials since I’m not as into myself as I thought):

Rocking a hat
My daughter's face is not about my hat. Probably.
Valentine's Day outfit
Cool and Valentine's day-ey
Wearing my hair down
Also, no one realized how long my hair is because I never wore it down.

But don’t worry about this becoming some sort of buy-my-clothes style blog because I also bought this headband. At a craft store. Pre-made by an old woman who could’ve find her glasses so she made a really big flower instead.

Giant Blue Flower headband
I had trouble fitting the entire headband into the photo. If that doesn't say fashion, I don't know what does.

Plus, I’m clearly taking Sundays off and thinking of buying these sweatpants in orange.

No Style Sundays
Unless a dude rag and pink slippers count as accessories.

Alex Iwashyna

Alex Iwashyna went from a B.A. in philosophy to an M.D. to a SAHM, poet and writer by 30. She spends most of her writing time on LateEnough.com, a humor blog (except when it's serious) about her husband fighting zombies, awkward attempts at friendship, and dancing like everyone is watching. She also has a soft spot for culture, politics, and rude Southern people who offend her Yankee sensibilities. She parents 2 elementary-aged children, 1 foster baby, 3 cats, and 1 puppy, who are all Southern but not rude. Yet.

14 thoughts to “Getting My Style On. Most Of The Time.”

  1. Lulu was in my lap when I was reading the post and she started giggling when she saw the one of you in the plaid pants, vest, etc. :o) And you will be glad to know when I was grocery shopping and saw a teenager with blue hair I made sure to make eye contact and smile. She probably thinks I’m a dork though.

  2. Where I come from we call ’em do rags..and not everyone can pull them off so go you! Also I don’t consider slippers an accessory but rather a necessity!
    That is all.

    1. Maybe they’re do rags here too, and I just thought they were dude rags like dudes on a ranch wear them. I have been known to make these sort of mistakes before… once. a long time ago.

  3. I think the headband looks really cute on you! It’s got a going-to-a-garden-wedding British fascinator thing going on. I think you should wear it to the grocery store this week, if for no other reason than because all the clerks will be fighting each other to be the one who gets to carry out the bags of the Stylish and Important English Woman.

    1. Anything with pockets moves up to fashionable in my mind. Pockets mean my iPhone can stay with me at all times. {hugs phone} Also, I lose my keys less. {hugs sanity}

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