2 In Fashion

Black Is The New Black

me in an all black outfit with a black and white striped short jacket and i am sitting down outside on a patio wall

F A S H I O N wasn’t on my radar for a long time. Growing up I went to Catholic school and relied mainly on my school uniform as a primary wardrobe piece. After school, I’d be at soccer practice or lounging at home. Jeans and t-shirts were my go-to always.

me in a all black outfit with a black and white striped jacket

In high school I read the occasional fashion magazine and tried to follow some of the trends in current fashion when I went out with friends. Mainly, I grew a large collection of band t-shirts & considered myself “emo” of some degree.

Then I went off to college. College was the first time I was able to wear whatever I wanted every day. Gone were the plaid, pleated skirts and knee socks. Now I could find a style I loved.

me in an all black outfit wearing a black and white striped jacket holding the jacket closed

Still, I struggled.

I don’t think I ever left my high school ideas of fashion and I ended up not really forming a fashion identity at all. I also fell into some college style traps of yoga pants all day, every day.

Then I quickly transitioned from college to the work-force where it was dress paints and a nice blouse.

It wasn’t until this year that I realized my wardrobe wasn’t at all what I wanted it to be. Yes, college afforded me some exploration and experimentation, but I realized I never had enough time or mind for maturation of my wardrobe.

me in an all black outfit with a black and white striped jacket

me in an all black outfit with a black and white striped jacket

I needed to step out of the “Juniors” section and away from Forever 21 and start investing in my wardrobe.

It was about damn time.

So with my mission for self-love & body confidence and my new realization to grow-up & focus my wardrobe, I began weeding out my wardrobe heavily this year. Now I’m looking to find pieces that work for me and the style I’d want, like this jacket from Loft.

close up of me clutching the black and white striped short jacket

Hopefully this time next year, I’ll be at a better place with my fashion.

Stay tuned for some more outfits & ways I’m working on focusing my wardrobe & finding my style!


Nicole Lynn

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