TOP pink ruffled top (comes in so many adorable colors!) | JEANS high waisted relaxed crop jeans | HEADBAND pink headband | WATCH michele gold deco watch | BAG chanel coco top handle medium bag | SHOES chanel ballet flats (similar here) | EARRINGS white floral lisi lerch earrings
With each passing year, I become more and more convinced of this: no matter what is “in style,” wear what makes you happy. It’s by no means a groundbreaking or even original thought, but nevertheless, one that is so important to remember especially in today’s world of instant access to “what everyone else is doing” and all-too-easy comparison.
I’ve been thinking a lot about this “anti-Millenial” style push brought about by TikTok. (Which, by the way, is an app I’m still not on and honestly feel a lot of freedom in that, haha!) If you have no idea what I’m talking about, here it is in a nutshell: a couple of weeks ago a group of teens decided that side-parts and skinny jeans were decidedly out. It meant you were old, irrelevant, and definitely not fashionable. And the internet freaked out.
When I first heard about it, I laughed to myself. After all, my side part is as deep as the Mississippi River and you’ve never seen a more expansive skinny jean collection than mine. But what surprised me was how seriously people everywhere were starting to take it. I even got a few messages to the tune of… “Can I really not wear my skinny jeans anymore? Do I have to try a side-part now?!”
I know this Millenial style diss is nothing more than a quick internet fad, but I’m honestly sad at the wave it made. Because, quite frankly, I don’t care one bit about what teenagers think of my side part or skinny jeans. And neither should you!
I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve looked around a room and heard that little voice pop into my head telling me I definitely didn’t fit in. Too much color. Too preppy. Too this or that… the list goes on. But after being raised to understand it’s ok not to fit in and, if we’re honest, spending plenty of awkward teenage years experiencing how draining it is to try to fit the mold, I’ve finally mastered the art of telling that little voice to go away. And that has been so freeing!
The beauty of those years spent feeling out of place is they paved the way to the job I get to do now… blogging! After all, I felt a bit too “preppy” for my college environment and wanted a space to share that. Now, I get to share what I love even when it’s not everyone’s cup of tea.
All this rambling to say, I really hate to see any trend that pressures everyone to look alike, dress alike, style their hair alike, etc. You’re telling me we all need to have the same hair and the same pair of jeans, now, in order to be in-style? I don’t know about you, but for a young and upcoming generation, that seems like a very old-fashioned view.
What if instead of fretting if our part was too deep, we modeled the confidence and happiness that comes from being ourselves to a world and society that will always be telling us we’re missing the mark and don’t fit in. I don’t want to spoil it for the Gen Zers out there, but I can’t wait for them to hopefully experience that same freedom a few years down the road when they find themselves in the same boat we’re in. :)
I don’t mean to rag on the youngins. If middle parts and baggy jeans make them feel good, then I’m all for them! I just want to be one voice that reminds you to wear what makes you happy, no matter what anyone else thinks. And while you’re rocking it, I’ll be over here in my head-to-toe pink ensemble cheering you on!
Love from skinny jeans and side-part loving,