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Fashion Faux Pas: ME Edition

So, this was totally supposed to go out before the New Year but I was having some technical problems with my computer!  It's New Year's Weekend though, so end of the year stuff is still fair game...riiiiight?  Anyway, yesterday I posted what I think the fashion world's bad ideas were so today I thought I'd dish those critiques!  Plus I thought it'd be funnier to poke fun at myself than do a best of round-up AND share some fashion/blogging lessons I learned this year.  (I stand by all my pieces of clothing...just not the way I styled everything etc, FYI).  Here we go!

Don't go swimming in your tops

Nothing is "wrong" with this outfit in terms of the pairing or individual pieces.  I'd wear this exact combo again in a New York that I'm back at a healthy weight again!  This was a month after surgery and I had lost my appetite for majority of that month.  The thing about fashion and looking good is that it isn't just about great pieces and finding unique ways to tie together an outfit with colors and accessories.  It's also about how well the clothes fit you at whatever size you currently find yourself rocking.  I was too excited to wear this new skirt and be in spring mode already that I let the fact that my shirt was too big (and my skirt needed to be ironed...) go unnoticed.  Not pictured: this top kept falling down.  Wear stuff that fits ladies- especially if you're going to be photographed in it!

Grunge + Preppy= Fail

The distressed look with these jeans didn't combine well with the button down and pump look-despite how perfectly the yellows were identical.  And the yellow shoes with the yellow pants...what was I thinking here?

Something is off...

I can't figure why I don't like this actually.  Maybe the pop of pink doesn't work as well as I thought? Something waistline wise isn't...what it should be...but I can't put my finger on why. The shorts are maybe too low to be high waisted so the bodysuit looks weird?  Plus I think I look hella awkward in this pose!  Maybe that's why I just don't like this look...

Where's the flood?

This actually isn't that bad...but the skirt is too short for such tall wedges.

Too teenage-y in Miami

I'm somewhat over shorter dresses (not TOTALLY), but even so this is just too young for my age.  It's from an unnamed mall store and summer of 2013 when I first got it it was kind of cute, but honestly after a few runs in the washer cycle it doesn't fit great now (which luckily didn't come across in the photo).  I'm sick of tribal prints too-making me more biased towards this.  PLUS, this purse really doesn't go.  I feel like this is such a "which one is not like the other" compared to all my other outfit pictures.

Team Too Much

I don't hate this...but I think the shoes are a bit much for this outfit.  Any shoe without 5 bright colors competing with an already neon outfit would have been 1000% better.  I was also having a terrible hair day....

Way too short!!

I was shocked at how many Instagram friends and followers loved this one!  Given that most people follow me for more classic, or dare I say "demure" looks, I was surprised this one got any love at all let alone a lot of love!  It's way too short and I hate my pose here.  It's an older dress that I used to love, but I've filled out (in a good way) in the two years since I got it...making it's hem line raise a little on me!  I only realized this when I a) wore it again early this summer and b) saw how short it was in a photograph!  This may be worth wearing under a full skirt or with tights and a cardigan in the future.

Not worth immortalizing

I don't hate this look, but the lower part of the dress bunched weird and this photo is blurry.  I never should have posted this one.  (Other/newer fashion bloggers: it's OK to let some outfit photos go!  I think some of us (at least me) can easily fall into the idea that putting out any and every photo is a great idea when you're starting out.  Quality over quantity will probably help your case more than hurt it!)

Too Much Belly

Again...I don't hate this...but something is off.  I defend crop tops through and through, especially with high waisted skirts.  But this skirt is sitting kind of lower than my usual style for wearing crop tops.  I think I overall like this but I'm showing off way too much midriff than I usually care to. belt is too loose!

Didn't translate photographically 

I actually love this and would wear this combo again.  But the green in the skirt that perfectly matches my shoes didn't show in this photograph at all!  I'm also not digging how the green shoes paired with the yellow top looks either in that something feels unbalanced.  (Again fbloggers, not "every" outfit has to be shared photographically no matter how cute it is in person).  The lighting here is also not super desirable...

Grandma Chic

This is a case of so many colors are in a dress so everything matches...right?  I can't tell if the brown boots didn't go as well as I hoped or if the grandma cardigan (that I admittedly love) just kind of ruined the outfit by itself.  To be fair, I was traveling in this picture so my accessorizing options were limited.  This picture is such a fun memory because it's from when I met my "Bernie Bestie", Meredith, but I would never in a million years wear all these pieces together again.


I feel like my name should be Olga

I'll admit that I'm not great at "winterizing" my wardrobe.  Part of this is the lighting, but the tights are too dark.  I also feel slightly matronly even though this was a high liked photo for November.  In some ways I like this...but I'd like it on other vintage loving girls better.  Putting all of these pieces together was the result of it snowing and being 10 degrees that night.  This combo isn't "me."  I need to find a way to make winter fashion work for me- something that's been a struggle since I saw my senior class photo and saw that I was the only jackass in a midriff showing/short sleeved shirt in our outdoor photo session mid-winter (in Pennsylvania).  This also needed a necklace with such a low cut scoop neck.

Not my ideal "gown" 

This is easily my least favorite #ootd for obvious reasons!  5 days after surgery I was in the ER again for complications.  I was in too much pain to change out of the gown so I wore it home.  I have to admit, I'm impressed looking back that I even had the sense of humor to post this on Instagram because I was not in a good headspace!  Nonetheless, I gave it an #ootd tag and this wins for an overall "look" I don't want to wear again anytime soon nor do I want to see any of your pretty faces in this ensemble either!!!

One more time...happy 2015!!!

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  1. This was such an interesting and unique post! I love all the outfits you post on IG - and your blog - but reading through your own criticisms was interesting, and I took some things away for myself too! Happy 2015!!!

    xo, Serli

  2. I really love this post Lauren!! Some of those outfits looked good on your body shape though! :)

  3. Obviously I am biased and I love your #berniebestie outfit! It was fun to see how your style has evolved over the year.


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