Hey everyone! Today marks my 5 years of blogging which is crazy to think it’s been so long now. As with every bloggerversary post I always do something a little different. This year, since 5 years is such a milestone, I thought I would share my style evolution throughout my life, depicting the different phases I’ve gone through and how I’ve become settled in my own style now. It’s the sort of blog post I’d love to see other people do because I think it’s very humanising seeing fashion bloggers show how their style has grown and improved over the years. Every photo has a story behind it which fits in what I’ve been talking about recently, about Love Story items and how the more memories we make wearing an item, the more special it becomes and the better we will care for and treasure it. Having this approach to clothing is part of the journey towards becoming an ethical consumer. I hope you enjoy all the baby photos and awfully tacky pre-teen fashion!
China Doll: It’s evident that my Mum tried to dress me up as a china doll as a baby and toddler. The pinafore dresses, frilly bonnets, gingham and white frilled socks all encompass this dolly-esque look. I especially love the adorable yellow gingham all-in-one with floral embroidered collar- cute as a button!
Frog wellies: My frog wellies were a treasured item of my childhood and I continued to wear them for as long as possible until they pinched my toes uncomfortably. Garments or accessories with animals, characters or foods on were a continuing theme in my childhood, possessing a soft side for cute prints. I had lots of fun times wearing my frog wellies; lots of splashing in puddles, long walks through the woods and going sledging on snow days.
Baby/Toddler: Key Colours
Barbie Co-ord: I can’t think of any other two items of clothing that I remember loving as much as this pink gingham matching crop top and trousers with embroidered flowers and Barbie branding. It brought me so much joy to wear it and I remember my Mum trying to convince me to not wear it every day! I’d pair it with my beloved jelly sandals which had detachable hot pink flowers on them. I wish I could rock a crop top as much I was here nowadays!
The Red Velvet Christmas dress: This dress is a useful indicator of the time a photo was taken since even without a Christmas tree in the background, it’s certain that it is Christmas time if this dress is being worn. In a lovely velvet fabric and floral embroidery on the top and around the hemline, this dress is a knockout festive piece and looks great paired with my clip-in blonde plait!
Full skirts: The full skirt, often with a frilled hemline was a key piece in my wardrobe as a child, coming in hot pink, lilac, deep red and denim. Usually paired with an oversized t-shirt, striped roll neck or spaghetti strap top tucked in, finished off in the winter with a pair of brightly coloured wooly tights. This style of skirt sums up my girly style at the time.
Child: Key Colours
All over turquoise: My awkward pre-teen phase can be identified by wearing all over turquoise and most clothing items purchased from Mini Boden or La Redoute. Also featuring lots of floral prints and tunic tops paired with some ‘interesting’ white leggings. My favourite trousers were my cords with star patches on the knees and my swirly blue flares, both Mini Boden.
Bad jeans: Flared and light wash were characteristic of my pre-teen wardrobe. These jeans are something I’d prefer to erase from my memory. Often worn with a long brown cardi, Best Friends graphic long sleeve and ice blue ski coat.
Pre-teen: Key Colours
Tacky phase: My tacky phase I would estimate lasted from around the age of 10 to 14 whereby I was starting to choose my own clothes more, shopping at the teenage section of New Look, in Tammy Girl, Primark and M&Co. It wasn’t a good time for me style wise but if you’re thinking ‘I’ve never had a tacky phase’, you’re lying to yourself! The most memorable items of my tacky phase were sequined plimsoles, white New Look slouchy handbag with crystal charm, pedal pushers and my Helly Hansen fleece hoody.
French slogan tees: ‘Bonjour Paris’, ‘Mon amor’, ‘Tres Cool’ tees were all the range in 2009 and I had a few to my name and I proudly wore thinking they would suggest I was well-travelled and cultured; this wasn’t the case and since I’d never been to Paris they became touristy t-shirts of somewhere I’d never visited!
Early Teens: Key Colours
MID-TEENS: Experimental stage
Vintage: I wore shirts up to the top button and then added collar tips or a vintage silk scarf. This was what inspired my sister’s nickname for me ‘Vintage Vicar’ which became the first name of my blog when I first started it in 2012. I didn’t actually buy many vintage/second hand pieces, I bought more into the vintage style which was very fashionable at the time and also started to borrow clothes from my Mum and call that vintage!
Topman Shirts: I’m not entirely sure what triggered an intrigue in purchasing mens clothes but that’s what I did at the age of around 15 and this definitely encompasses the title of this phase ‘experimental’. I remember buying a pinstripe shirt and Aztec sweater from Topman and I ordered online in order to be more discreet! I also borrowed shirts from my Dad which I wore oversized as dresses with leggings or skinny jeans.
Mid-teens: Key Colours
My style today mainly consists of navy, white, light pink and black. I am inspired by 60s fashion and wear lots of shift dresses and A-line skirts. I adore culottes and wide leg trousers and I’m a sucker for funky geometric prints. I still love gingham that I wore as a young child, I do have a pair of flares, I do still take inspiration from menswear and vintage styles and turquoise still does feature in my wardrobe so some of my style has stayed with me over the years!
Colour schemes made on: https://coolors.co/