Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Sneaker Boots and Personal Aesthetic

I was recently reading a fashion blog entry from my lovely Aussie friend, Alicia. She commented on the idea of "defining your aesthetic" and I realized that I'm not sure that I have a clear fashion aesthetic. I tend to get bored quite easily with how I dress and mix and match everything in my wardrobe. I can't remember if I've mentioned this before, but I RARELY wear the same outfit twice. When I shop, it is for individual pieces, not as an outfit. The fun part is that I have a lot of unique items in my wardrobe which makes being fashionably creative more fun! I guess I like to get some things that are on the outskirts of my "aesthetic" and incorporate them in how I can.

This may have stemmed my recent favorite purchase, a pair of all black, knee-high, converse look-alike sneaker boots. I would've bought the actual Converses but they devastatingly only go down to a womens' size 6! Therefore, I was ecstatic to see that a Taiwan based eBay seller, Refuse to be Usual, was selling a similar boot in a size 35 (US 4-4.5). Although slightly apprehensive of the punk and goth lolita look of the page, I went ahead and ordered. I felt a bit silly because I don't even own a pair of regular chucks (because I feel like they don't match me) but I kept obsessively thinking about these boots and how I would wear them without looking any less ME. Sure enough, I got them and I LOVE LOVE LOVE them! See, people? Chucks don't have to be hipster. :P





I guess my personal aesthetic is something of a mixture of business casual, trendy, girly, cute, preppy, rocker.... A little bit of everything! That's just who I am, and I just go with it.

So let me know, what is your personal aesthetic? Do you stick to it? How would others define your style?



15 comments:

  1. Jen, I would say you are definitely an Urban Outfitter type of girl, they embody every style you mentioned! And those shoes look sooo hot. I actually own a pair of regular blue chucks and I think these shoes tell such a story! Chucks are kinda plain even the ones with the retro colors in my opinion.

    I don't really have a particular style and I think it confuses a lot of people. I go from girly, to tomboy, to skater, to business casual, to casual, to preppy, to mod, etc. lol When I was with my "skater" type friends, they would tell me that I looked weird when I dressed up. Then when I was with my trendy friends, they would say I look weird when I dressed "skater" especially with my Etnies on LOL I think for me, my surroundings help dictate my looks. It's not really something I think about consciously, it's automatic and all done subconsciously. I really don't mind, I like moving from style to style, I really get to expand my choices and show off my mood.

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  2. Hi Jen,
    Those boots look good on you!!! I would have never have thought to get those kinds of shoes. Oh by the way, for some reason you look taller than 4'10"...wow I was surprised you are only that height.

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  3. they look great on you :) Very nice that you pull it off! If i were to wear those boots, i know i wouldn't look good XD

    for my style, I'd say I mainly aim for variations. Some days I like super girly, some days I like sophisticated/chic, some other days i like the girly tomboy chick going on, and other days I like the unique couture look. I dun like to stay in just one area of fashion--i like to switch things around cuz it's fun to wear a certain style. It's like colored contacts you know? change the color up and you create something different and even a different tone. Some outfits scream sexy, some scream cute, some professional, so on and so forth.

    oh woops sorry for leaving you such a long comment! XD

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  4. i agree with blahsayblah. if you hadn't stated earlier that you were 4'10" i would have never guessed it. you look taller than me and i'm 5'7" :x

    you look amazing as always hehe :)

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  5. Anon - Jen is very slim though so that helps. For instance, I am heavier and I am an inch taller than her @ 4'11"

    I look 4'11" :( lol

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  6. are u sure u're 4'10 and not 5'10?? haha

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  7. lili- Yeah and she's also perfectly porportioned (is your ego getting a nice padding? :D) and my legs are shorter than my torso so it makes me look shorter too :P

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  8. can you tell us where you get scarves?

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  9. hey! so u mix ur EM minerals? that sounds really confusing... it looks soOoo flawless on u tho.... like almost a foundation! i never used foundation or anything... minerals only and its almost been a year =) i went thru ur pix... u really do look like ur my shade.. but most of the pix is witout the flash too... i guess i should try to start mixin! thanks =) btw... those boots look really good on you xoxo

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  10. lili: I love urban outfitters for the original pieces they get, but dang can it get pricey! I prefer forever 21. I mean, trends change so fast anyway right?

    blahsayblah and anonymouses: Haha... I look taller in pictures, but I really do look small in person. :P People laugh at me when I say "I look taller in pics" out loud!

    plee: I get scarves from lots of places. TJ Maxx and Marshalls are really great, and I saw some cute ones at Target too. I also found this great light weight one in a zebra print at Rue 21. Just keep your eyes open for them when you are shopping. :)

    jesmakeup: It's not confusing at all! I just ordered the "large mixing jar" at EM (under the brush section) and tapped some of each color in, then shook it together. Really easy. I only use minerals too, never liquid foundation. Thanks!

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  11. hi, found u when i was researching soloctica on soompi

    i know lots of people ask u about lenses, but I was wondering why they dont stock soloctica in other places? is it fda approved? o-o

    btw hahah i was looking at the contact lens website, then decided to go back to your blog and i typed fromheadtotoe and i was like wth haha when did she turn white!?!?! rofl.

    and i only like leather boots with heels.

    i will check out alicia's blog too now, cos she's aussie (:

    i will be coming back to your site!

    elaine xx

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  12. Hey! I have the exact same boots, I bought mine from Refuse to Be Usual too. They're pretty expensive... x___x

    And I bought them a size too small, so it hurts to wear them for hours on end. I kept them anyways because I love them so much.

    That Ebay store does have adorable stuff though. I had an obsession with all those gothic lolita styles back in the day... ^_^

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  13. Hi love your blog
    Erm do you put on fakelashes?

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  14. I love to mix and match.. it's so much fun! I don't stick to one particular style but I usually love the cute/casual/sporty/chic/sophisticated/preppy looks. It all varies and just depends on my mood but I usually don't for extreme looks.

    Jen, I've been reading your blog for quite awhile now and love all your tips. I actually found you on Soompi and boy, am I glad since I'm a newb when it comes to makeup. :) Oh and I gotta say, you're really pretty, with and without makeup!

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  15. Hiya, I'm getting some of these for christmas! In black and white. Are they as good as they look in the pictures?

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