The Absence of Style

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I have a confession.

I was born without any fashion sense.

Don’t believe me?

Let me show you some of my late teen age, early twenties looks.

See what I mean? Granted, this was the mid-90′s but still. Frizzy hair and men’s clothes? There’s nothing stylish about that.

I eventually learned about wearing girls clothes and makeup and how to make my curly hair behave, but I never did gain any fashion sense. I try, I really do, but I usually fail. Every now and then I stumble upon a fashionable outfit but I generally ruin it by failing to have all the parts clean at once.

{Disclaimer: This is not a current picture, but it might as well be. My hair is darker and a touch longer. I still own all these clothes or some that are very much like them.}

My other huge obstacle in becoming fashionable is my weight. I am always putting off buying cute clothes until I “lose some weight”. At some point, that gets a little ridiculous. Without getting into the depths of my crazy, let’s just say that food, diets and emotions are my personal Bermuda triangle. Honestly, I want to wear cute clothes now, not in a million years when I finally “lose some weight”. Brittany shows us over and over again that being stick thin is not a requirement for amazing fashion. I need to embrace that the way that she does.

These are some outfit inspirations I love. {You can find my entire collection here.} I realize most of these would not work for me in their entirety, but I love these boards for seeing how things could be put together. My life would be so much simpler if someone would arrange my closet in this way. Anyone? Anyone?

{l-r top row: here, here, here; middle row: here, here, here; bottom row: here, here, here}

So there you have it. A plethora of reasons that I could use a head-to-toe makeover and what I’d dress like if only I could put an outfit together that consists of anything other than jeans, t-shirts and flip flops.

Can we all agree that I could use a little help? Good.

{In writing this post, I’m entering the Microsoft Windows Style Makeover Sweepstakes for a chance to win a head to toe makeover!}

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  1. If I say that I have similar photos from the 80s and 90s and keep one foot off the ground, will I have plausible deniability when someone forces me to show them? Good luck with the contest, Jessica. MICROSOFT, SHE NEEDS HELP YO!

  2. I hope you win the contest! Good luck!

  3. You should join in with my What I Wore Wednesday linky! It is great for making you get out of a style rut x

  4. I’ve always thought the same way – “I’ll buy clothes when I lose weight,” but it makes more sense to look fashionable now too! I hope you win – good luck!!

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