Fashion Beauty Friend Friday: Outfit uniforms

Vahni from Grit and Glamour had a post several weeks ago in which she outlined her personal uniform, or outfit formula as she dubbed it.This week's fashion Beauty Friend Friday questions focus on what your fashion uniform is.

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1.      What’s your go-to outfit formula?
I'll be honest and admit that I had to study the file containing my daily outfit photos to figure out what my go-to-outfits are. After some searching, it appears that n the colder months my outfit formula is either skinny jeans + shirt + cardigan/blazer/jacket and knee-high boots.

This combination is warm and comfortable and reasonably stylish. I adore my tall boots and in the winter tend to dress around them. In summer, I definitely have a preference for a belted silk short-sleeve top + a short skirt, or a short top +  longer maxi or princess-length skirt. In each combination, I feel stylish and cool without being too revealing.


2.      How did you come about this formula?
I'm going to admit straight-out that these sartorial ideas came from studying bloggers. I'd always been a fan of skinny jeans, but pairing them with boots instead of flats was new. And I'd never given much consideration to belting my tops - that was revolutionary. I am so grateful to the bloggers I follow for inspiring me. Without them I'd still be languishing in jeans and flats and shapeless top.

3.      Do you have different formulas for different occasions in your life?
Eh, not really. I generally wear what I want when I want. I don't believing in "saving" my clothes for special occasions. If I want to bust out a sequined blouse or prom dress while running to the supermarket, I do so. 

4.      Has your outfit formula morphed over the years?
Oh, without a doubt. In years past, my one thought regarding dress was how to cover up. I had absolutely no desire to show my body and hid it underneath jeans, baggy chinos, shapeless tops and long Bermuda shorts. I was utterly terrified of appearing "sexy" and avoided revealing clothes like the plague. Even skirts were out of the question. I was deeply ashamed of my body and truly hated how I looked. As I've come through recovery from my eating disorder and body image issues, I am much more encouraged to show more skin in knee-length skirts, dresses and sleeveless tops.

5.      Which other blogger’s outfit formula would you like to swipe? 

Oh my. I'm uncomfortable with the idea of "swiping" anyone else's style. I have learned a few things and certainly been influenced by bloggers, but by incorporating elements of their personal style with my own. I primarily look to Amy of Stylish Year, Chloe of The Chloe Conspiracy, the anonymous blogger of Hello, Monkeyface, Blair of Atlantic-Pacific, Katy of Kansas Couture,  Jessica of Monster Cakes, and Meagan of Love Meagan.


  1. Great outfits! My fav is the pink top and black skirt!

  2. Elissa! I just read what you wrote for B's real women post and thought I gotta tell this girl a LOT of people/women struggle with feeling the need to be in control. I've spent the better part of my 30's breaking that down and the negotiations are never ending. I tell myself that this thing matters enough for me to feel like I am in control and all these other things don't so let them go and enjoy the ride. You know what? It's been working. Years of practice, dear, and one day you'll realize it was just like learning to ride a bike. It takes time and then one day you surprise yourself with having become more mellow and easy-going.

    You're not alone. past/current/future control freaks are pretty much all around! Thank you for sharing:)
    xo, f
    The House in the Clouds

  3. Ha, I'm not comfy with the idea of stealing outfit ideas but I DEFINITELY get most of my inspiration from fellow bloggers, too. I'm going to try and adopt your approach to #3 better...I have "fancy" clothes that need to see the light of day more often. And thanks for the shoutout, Elissa!

  4. That's so cool bloggers inspired you :) Boots with jeans is such a chic look!

  5. You make the "uniforms" your own with great style, Elissa. I think summer uniforms are harder, because we don't want to add too many layers. Ah, the sequined vest - adore it!

  6. Wow, you're really rocking the midi skirt trend there, plust that pink colour looks really nice with your hair colour! Love what you're saying about being a body image warrior! Have a great weekend:)

  7. you looks different and pretty in all out fits...
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  8. I think we all have some sort of formula, yours seems to suit you quite well, I love the printed tunic styled top with the leather belt as well as the black flowing skirt. Beautiful. :)

  9. You have a great look! I found you via FBFF. I am a new fan and a new follower! Cheers!

  10. Your formula definitely works for me. I especially enjoy a jeans and blazer combo.


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