Lace + Leather.

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Turquoise Lace Dress: Forever21.
Leather Jacket: H&M.
Earring: JcPenny's.
Black Velvet Flats: c/o Lulu's.

 Sometimes I wonder if attending college/going to fashion school has changed my personal style. Or influenced it at least. Personal style is always changing and evolving no matter who you are or where you're at. It's adaptation. Not to mention just like how you change as a person. But I really do wonder if I ever subconsciously have altered my style to conform to my college classmates.

I feel insecure a lot of times at Kent. Everyone is so, so beautiful. Not to mention I've never seen a place full of so much personal style and individuality. In my home town I am considered very out of the ordinary and 'fashionable, (lolz)' ,but at Kent I'm nothing more than the mainstream. 

It's easy to lose yourself in the push, push, push to want to be as beautiful and look as good as everyone else. I've never been one to follow trends, wear what's 'in', but at Kent I feel that shove to want to keep up with the crowd and stand out, be known, be someone amongst 27,000 people.

These feelings are constantly a battle at Kent, however, I've begun to deal with them much better as I spend more time there and get more comfortable. I think it's healthy to evolve your style. Trust me, I don't want to wear berets and only dresses the rest of my life. But it's always important to make sure to take a step back, look at yourself and your intentions honestly and ask, "am I doing this for me or for someone else?"

With much love, Lauren.
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29 lovely little notes:

irene wibowo said...

love your dress so much! :)Irene Wibowo

The Funky Fashionista said...

I love your outfit! Your lace dress is so pretty and I never thought I would ever see you in a leather jacket. I have to say, though, you make a leather jacket look feminine instead of masculine.

I think going to college/fashion school has influenced your style, but I don't think it is necessarily a bad thing. College is the place to learn about your self and discover yourself. I guess you are still in the process of discovering your personal style.

I like how you made this outfit your own and I think as long as you make sure your outfits feel "you", you will be fine!

xoxo
http://thefunkyfashionista.blogspot.com/

Sara said...

Wow what a cute way to wear a leather jacket! you look simply stunning!

http://sarassweetstyle.blogspot.com/

Mary said...

I'm so glad you're doing so well. This post and yesterday's are a real testament to your transformation in the past few months.

Also, you're getting so tiny!

Beautifully Pure said...

LOVE this outfit! I love the lace/leather combo! I love girly pieces mixed with edgy-er pieces - it's one of my favorite things to do! <3

Hope you're doing better after your bad news last week! I feel so bad that I haven't talked to you since then. :( I'm really looking forward to tomorrow! <3

Schuyler Price said...

Pfief, just remember you're now doing this all for God- you're one He will always be able to pick out from the 27,000 in Kent and the 7 billion on this Earth and say, "I made her- she is beautiful in My eyes". Step back and reflect on that for a bit. You are known to the One who knows everything, you are Loved by the One who died for you. Jesus thought of you up on that cross, and to me, that sounds like you can never just fit in, cause you're chosen and special in the Ultimate One's eyes :) that sounds pretty jammin to me!

Wild Flower said...

I love this look girl! My new favorite :D The color of blue is so beautiful and paired with you leather jacket is just an amazing outfit. I know what you mean about conforming, can be hard to stay true to who you think you are compared to who you are becoming.

Kaylee
xo

Anonymous said...

You'll never stand out if you try to follow trends closely or even predict the future ones. Develop your own style and polish it to every last detail. Know what makes you feel comfortable, what suits you,what makes you feel beautiful, and know what makes the best projection of you. Doing so will eventually lead to confidence, and that confidence is what attracts people to try to recreate the style that you've developed for yourself, thus resulting in a trend with you as the trendsetter. You're not going to be able to pull some things off as well as others, but there are also thing that no one can rock as well as you. You just have to discover it and own it. Standing out isn't nearly as important as being yourself, and when you know yourself and love yourself, you won't need to love and admiration of others, because you will be enough.

Meggs said...

Love this ensemble! You've got awesome style, girl - keep rocking it!

M.

Gina Alyse said...

Personal style does change over time! I think I go through phases with mine.

And this outfit is gorgeous! Love the girly, lace dress with a bit of edge in the jacket! And you are so beautiful in these pictures...so photogenic!

xoxo,
gina

Saki said...

Pretty! Amazing dress and cool biker jacket. :)

mielabeille said...

love your look! :)
the dress is cute!

Anonymous said...

honestly, I think that your style has changed since you started attending Kent, and I really like it, it's more grown up, but also it has something of your own :)

Anonymous said...

As someone who's followed your blog for awhile, I've really noticed your photography getting better recently. It was always really good, but it seems like you've really mastered your camera, you've been posting seriously professional shots lately :)

OrigamiGirl said...

Your style had developed a little but that's kind of inevitable. My style changed hugely during uni and I copied people all the time. It was at uni I started wearing dresses all the time. But just because you imitate or copy others doesnt mean you cant still have your own style. It's like being surrounded by fashion magazines for inspiration but you'll always put something of yourself into it.

Livia Rachelle said...

It seems like you would be one of the more unique ones even in a stylish area, but this is coming from a girl who goes to a university where almost literally every girl wears jeans/leggings/sweats and tees/sweaters-not to hard to stand out at my school, but still I want to improve.

Laura said...

I love the leather jacket - so adorable with the girly lace dress. I also really loved your message in this post; I think that your style has evolved since you got to college. But you are right, it is important to think if we are doing it for someone else or remaining true to yourself!

xoxo,
Laura
http://lauraisthriftingthroughlife.blogspot.com/

Isabelle Costigan said...

I love this look, you've combined a girly dress with an edgy leather jacket and it looks great on you!

Ángela Liceth said...

Eres adorable,me encantas!
Te espero en http://enendele.blogspot.com.es/ y espero que te guste y me sigas :)
Un beso desde las Islas Canarias.
Anggie

Megan Butcher said...

Love this outfit to death, girly!!

<3 Megan
http://kiddotv.blogspot.com

Teddi said...

lauren, this outfit rocks! i want to steal it. i bet many people you go to school with feel the same way. maybe?

Marie Danielle said...

This is one of my favorite outfits to date, Lauren! :) I love the feminine look combined with a bit of sass and strength from the leather. Great look! Your hair looks really pretty in this post too btw...you have beautiful hair girl!

Cayen said...

That outfit is the cutest thing, amazing! You are so pretty!
xoxo

Judy said...

I thin it's completely normal to feel this way. I'm 28 years old and I still ask myself this question. The important thing is that you are aware of what is happening and you're not just doing things to do them. But yes, it is natural to change, and if you feel like wearing leather and studs and combat boots, then you should. You shouldn't feel pressure to dress a specific way to please anybody, not even your blog followers.

Michelle Ikediobi said...

i love the combination of leather and lace. It gives it a more edgy vibe while still looking approachable.
cute outfit!

Anonymous said...

Had a feeling you would wear lace w/ this awesome jacket ...love it.

Nena Nadine said...

Leather and lace is one of mu favorite combos.

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