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The Well-Dressed Tomboy

Trixie Tang Purple Hi-Low Charlotte Russe Dress

Charlotte Russe dress | Jennifer Lopez heels

I recently re-watched my favorite Fairly OddParents episode, “The Boy Who Would be Queen”, where Timmy Turner gets magically turned into a girl in order to better understand what his crush Trixie wants for her birthday.

In a surprising turn of events, he finds out that she’s actually into comic books, which are traditionally marketed to boys, not girls. She begs him to stay quiet: “If word gets out I like boy stuff, all my friends will think I’m weird. Please, please keep it our secret, girl-to-girl?”

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May Flowers

Express dress | Charlotte Russe shoes

Aesthetic: That girl in your math class who owned glitter gel pens in an astonishingly wide array of colors, wrote in big bubble letters, and meticulously organized all of her notes.

Her favorite color was purple, obviously, and she had the type of notebook paper with the reinforced edges. She got annoyed at you because you asked to borrow a sheet from her every single day.

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Asian Barbie Version 2.2.0

Lilly Pulitzer Franco Pink Hyacinth Petal Pusher Lace Strapless Dress

Lilly Pulitzer Franco Pink Hyacinth Petal Pusher Lace Strapless Dress

Lilly Pulitzer Franco Pink Hyacinth Petal Pusher Lace Strapless Dress

Lilly Pulitzer Franco Pink Hyacinth Petal Pusher Lace Strapless Dress

Lilly Pulitzer Franco Pink Hyacinth Petal Pusher Lace Strapless Dress

Forever 21 headband | Forever 21 sunglasses | Unknown bracelet c/o Vinted | Lilly Pulitzer dress | Franco Sarto shoes

This is, in some ways, a continuation of my earlier post about style blogging and why I’m doing it. Ever since I wrote that last post and promised to be more authentic about the way I approach my outfits, I’ve been looking for more intellectual ways to talk about fashion. Style blogging, to me, is so much more than posting pretty pictures of myself online, and I’m still trying to find my voice when it comes to sitting down and putting words to screen.

Everyone has a different motive for why they present the way they do when it comes to their personal style. Some use clothing to make themselves look more attractive. Others want to make it known that they belong to a certain group or culture, or to express how they were feeling when they got dressed that day. I like making subtle statements with what I wear, but I also just really like playing a more sophisticated version of dress-up. In the outfit above, I was equally inspired by sassy receptionist emoji as I was by Blair Waldorf (every time I re-watch even a little bit of Gossip Girl, my headband obsession comes back in full force). I’d much rather tell you those things than, say, what I did that day, because what I do every day is pretty much the same: wake up, eat breakfast, go to class, take pictures, eat lunch, more class, homework, gym, eat dinner, more homework … et cetera. Insert eye-roll here: even listing my routine makes me want to fall asleep. I’d rather tell you about how much I personally identify with  💁🏻 , or how I’m really into the way Blair styles her outfits on GG.

So I will! From now on, I’ll post about things like this, effectively giving myself a way to play dress-up every day while talking about what I love the most. (Why didn’t I think of this sooner?) For example, have you ever listened to a song you were obsessed with and knew exactly how you’d make the music video to that song look like? I do all the time, and while it’s extremely expensive both money- and time-wise to actually make a music video to my favorite songs, it doesn’t take more effort than it usually would to put together an outfit, pick a location, and have a song-inspired photoshoot instead. Or, if I’m feeling particularly fond of a certain look featured in a Netflix show I was watching, I’ll replicate it and put my own spin on it (like a cover of a song, if you will — okay, I’ll stop with the music analogies now). Obviously, I’ll still be posting my usual outfits that aren’t particularly influenced by anything other than random choice, but I’ll try to make a dress-up post at least once a week. I don’t think that personal style is at all arbitrary — and I can’t wait to play around with different themes and expressions on the blog.

Check back soon to see what’s happening! I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Time for Tubby Toast

Tinky Winky DIY Halloween Costume

Tinky Winky DIY Halloween Costume

Tinky Winky DIY Halloween Costume

Tinky Winky DIY Halloween Costume

California Dynasty slip dress (c/o Goodwill) | Teletubbies antenna headband (c/o Ebay)

If you were born in the mid- to late 1990s, Teletubbies probably had some sort of influence on your early childhood life. I’ve personally been both Dipsy and Laa-Laa twice for Halloween; this year I decided to represent my favorite Tubby of them all, the fun-loving and gender role-smashing Tinky Winky. I ordered an antenna headband online and DIY-ed the rest of my costume by sewing a piece of felt onto a purple slip dress I found at Goodwill. I happen to already have a Tinky Winky doll with me at college (he helps me with my homework).

Who/what are you dressing up as for Halloween? Are you more into store-bought costumes or do you DIY it every year like I do?

Mimi