This week's stylish blogger is the wonderful RA of Definitely RA, one of my longtime blog friends! In May, RA coordinates Mission: Put Together, a month-long fashion challenge to be PT everyday. She also contributes at Style All Over. RA loves used bookstores, puns, and rollercoasters. If we lived in the same town, I would make her take me shopping on a regular basis--the girl is pro at finding stellar bargains. Welcome RA!
How would you describe your personal style?
I think my style inspiration comes down to being honest with myself about what I enjoy wearing. When I read blogs or magazines, I try to glean overall concepts ("I could try putting stripes and leopard together..."), instead of trying to replicate a whole outfit. Above all, I want to love whatever I'm wearing and feel like myself in it, so if I spend the day tugging or adjusting or twitching, that piece goes in the donation pile. It doesn't matter how cute it is or cheap it was if it's not right for me.
What five items should every woman have in her closet?
2. Striped top: Stripes are the gateway pattern, so if you're nervous about patterns like I once was, get yourself a striped top (like navy/white, black/white, gray/white) and try it in lieu of a solid tee every so often. There are so many different styles of neckline, width of stripe, and length that I'm sure you can find one you like.
3. Black blazer: Throw it on with jeans for everyday life or over a dress for a pretend suit. The best part is that it doesn't even have to be made of suiting material. Find a knit one and fool everybody!
4. Red flats: I was going to soften this and say "bright flats," but no. One must take a stand in some things. Red, I say! RED!
5. White scarf: It works for every season and lights up your face with no effort. When you're not using it, loop it around the straps of your bag and feel very jaunty, indeed.
I just realized that these 5 items are basically the quintessential RA outfit. Oops.