Sweater Jacket (S), c/o Hackwith Design House | Everyday Top in Noon, Miranda Bennet (sold out, similar in Silk Noil)| Modern Boyfriend Jeans, c/o Everlane | V-10 Sneakers, Veja | Sunglasses, c/o Zappos
Last week was one of those weeks where I spent way too much of my energy fretting about a particular item being the perfect choice. Should I have sized up? Will they be warm enough? Are they too casual? Sometimes with the changing of seasons – particularly fall – I am consumed with having the ‘right’ wardrobe to see me through. I spend far too much time considering what is the perfect essential, jacket, shoe, pant, you-name-it. Being an Oregonian, my clothing choices are often dictated by the weather so I tend to over think them, asking myself, can I wear it in the rain? Can it fit under a jacket? Is it perfect for every scenario on the planet?
But what if I relaxed a little bit and stopped trying so hard? What if I put on a big cozy sweater and called it a day? Could I really let go of all the things I’m trying so desperately to control?
From my observations the best personal style is not something that is tightly channeled or perfectly executed. It flows, rolls, moves, exudes from its owner. It seems to come from a letting go rather than a holding on. Those folks seem to be born with it. But what about the rest of us? If we stop trying to be so perfect, maybe we can have it too.
This sweater jacket from Hackwith Design House’s FW17 line is completely the opposite of my tightly-controlled personality. It is unstructured, oversized, even a bit unpredictable. The 100% cotton slub mesh fabric is made in the USA, and carries two of my favorite traits: texture and cream. So far I’ve styled it over fitted jeans, next up I’ll be trying wide leg pants and then a jumpsuit. It’s the ultimate relaxed and cozy sweater. If I were a leggings person, it’d probably look good with those too.
Let’s talk about personal style. Does yours tumble out of you or take great effort to shape? Do you struggle with perfectionism like me? Is perfectionism the antithesis of personal style because it’s too contrived?
Photography credit: Kiara Rose Photography