introducing Style Wise

style wiseStyle Wise is my new blog dedicated to providing fair trade resources for the conscientious consumer. From now on, all fair trade posts will be posted on Style Wise. You can access it anytime by clicking on the Fair Trade category on the sidebar of this blog. I hope you’ll follow along.

personal style

I have always had a lot of confidence in my taste and ability to mix and match patterns and colors to make visually interesting outfits and rooms. I think I have a good eye and know what suits my body type. But occasionally, I get stuck. In college, I had a fun time experimenting with style, color, and form. After graduating, however, my job as a framer required a lackluster uniform of khaki pants, brown closed-toe shoes, and modest tops (and an ill-fitting, blue vest emblazoned with the corporate logo). That paired with a professional need to look my age (I was often mistaken for a high schooler) took a toll on my daily style. I had a style blog the whole time, too, but I didn’t always feel that put together.

I recently asked a ModCloth ModStylist to take a look at my current comforts and help bring me out of my box of striped tops and plain, knit skirts. I had low expectations, so I was pleasantly surprised by the result. It helps to get an outside perspective on personal style in the same way it helps to talk out any other issue with a friend. I came out of the brief interchange with a more defined sense of my taste and renewed enjoyment of getting dressed in the mornings.

The polyvore set ModStylist Amy put together is below (click on the embedded set to view product information; you will be redirected to polyvore). I let her know that I am most drawn to floral and polka dot prints, have a pear-shaped figure, and admire Kate Bosworth’s style, as well as silhouettes from the 70s and 90s.

Looks for Leah

Looks for Leah

I don’t see myself wearing boyfriend jeans or platforms anytime soon, but I appreciate that my comfort zone has been stretched. I particularly love the polka dot-floral combo in the center and the dress on the right. Amy did a great job of choosing basics with visual interest, which is right up my alley.

After viewing her recommendations, I put together my own set of prints and styles I like:

personal style
Even if you don’t feel stuck, or don’t have a specific occasion to prepare for, you may want to take advantage of ModCloth’s free ModStylist program. It was a fun, quick, positive experience.




Today was all about relaxation (and bluegrass and pest control, but more on that later, maybe). I had the day off, which was awesome since I experienced unexplained nausea yesterday evening.

I did a little online window shopping via polyvore. These items would be great late summer/early fall updates to my wardrobe.

  1. Sheer plaid shirt: I saw one like it at Target the other day and really like the idea. I’m into layering button downs over dresses.
  2. Hi-lo hem knit shirt: I love knits.
  3. Classic striped sweatshirt: As much as I’d like to think I am risk taker when it comes to personal style, I love classic silhouettes, comfy knits, and stripes.
  4. Tapestry-inspired dress: it looks rich, but it’s still in a light weight fabric.
  5. Enamel animal necklace: simple, whimsical, easy to wear.
  6. Color block dress: I’m been into yellow lately. I like the shape of this dress. I think it’d suit my pear-shaped frame (I think “dew drop” is supposed to be the new, more flattering description).
  7. Big, cozy cardigan: I love cardigans, the more like a blanket, the better.
  8. High waist, stretch jeans: these are hard to find in an affordable price range. I really just want to live in jeggings and the higher waist suits my body type better.
  9. Polka dot skirt: I already have a polka dot skirt, but this navy one is classy.
  10. A-line skirt: I like the vintage, 1940s look.
  11. Oxford boots: Lace up boots are my favorite. I think I need some in dark brown.
  12. Floral sandals: these have nothing to do with colder weather, but I have some similar ones from Target and love the style.
  13. Gray flats: I like the streamlined look of these and the little bow.