playfully classic

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blouse: Forever 21 // skirt: Anthropologie via eBay (similar) // sandals: Steve Madden (similar) // necklace: Apricot Lane Boutique (similar)

photos by Chelsea Laine Francis

Last week I was co-working over coffee and hot chocolate at Caffe Medici with some local babes when someone asked how I would describe my style. I sighed, like, way too deeply and made a bunch of cringing noises. She clearly looked confused because I had just been talking about being a style blogger and how important personal style is to me, etc...and then I couldn't even describe what my style is. It's probably the most embarrassed I've felt in months weeks.

For a long time I described my style as a balance between hipster preppy and preppy hipster. I shopped the sale section at J.Crew and mixed in thrifted pieces I found around Austin. I wore lots of blazers, collared shirts, Keds, and floral vintage dresses, and my main style inspirations were Blair Waldorf and Jess from New Girl. This post-college but not-yet-full-time wardrobe was perfect for my handful of part-time jobs and being an early twenty-something, but obviously wasn't sustainable as my lifestyle changed.

With all of my recent closet shifting and style introspection, I guess it's really not unreasonable for me to lack a concise style description. However, the coffee shop incident made me really think this weekend about my style and how to put it into words. Ultimately, I decided on playfully classic, which I think hits the nail on the head. I'm a modern girl who loves modest silhouettes and timeless pieces, but I'm also committed to color and I've never met a floral print or polka dot I didn't like.

All of that said, I feel like this outfit is a terrific example of my playfully classic style. A feminine midi skirt in a colorful print? A breezy blouse in a plucky color with a unique detail? Ankle strap flats with a little something extra? Nailed it.

P.S. If you didn't notice, writes like a girl got a little facelift over the weekend! Let me know what you think!

11 comments

  1. The new layout is great! Love it! Also, LOVE that you've decided on playfully classic. I really admire that you are able to mix fun with classic pieces. You rock, Nicole! And this skirt... #hearteyes

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  2. Love the updated look! As your own personal style, I also think you have a touch of retro to your outfits too! And I love the colors in this one :)


    Sarah, shadesofsarah.com

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  3. It usually takes me awhile to get used to new blog layouts, but I really like yours! Love this outfit.

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  4. Playfully classic is a great way to describe your style! That works really well! LOVE your skirt!
    ~Sara

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  5. Ahh! So glad you won that auction xo

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  6. i totally agree! i think the playfulness usually comes out in mid-century prints and shapes, which i've always been attracted to!

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  7. I hate describing my style! I like so many different aspects that it's hard to concisely put into words what I like to wear. I should just sit down and write out a bunch of descriptors and come up with something, lol. I think playfully classic is perfect for you! I adore this skirt on you, and I also adore your site facelift! Also, I have shoes similar to yours and I hardly ever wear them because I always think my other sandals work better, but you've inspired me to try wearing mine more. :)

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  8. I LOVE THIS and am totally taking it as a compliment! I read your description out loud to Brett and he laughed and agreed.

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  9. Love that description, and you are killing it with your blog lately! Love the layout and Chelsea's photos are amazing as always!

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  10. This is the other blog post I've had open for a while. I'm pretty sure I haven't commented on it because I was really hoping that I was going to come up with something witty enough for me to call my style in the past few days, but I haven't. I seriously love all your style posts. And how you talk so realisitcally about everything. And make it feel do-able. And not only do-able, but talk about how it adds to your life. Once I come up with a more consistent style, I'll absolutely name it. In the meantime, I think it's time to start shopping :)

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  11. Your blog "facelift" looks great!

    I have described my style in the past as "quirky classic" (I had to develop a name for it, in case I ever got famous and was interviewed about it, you know), which...sounds very similar to "playfully classic" (timeless pieces + fun colors & prints.) SO that explains why I like your blog and style so much :)

    ♥ perfectly Priya

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