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!


  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

  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 :)


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

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

  5. Ahh! So glad you won that auction xo

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

  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. :)

  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.

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

  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 :)

  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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