It seems especially appropriate because I’ve been contributing to Second City Style since the site launched 10 years ago to think about doing a retrospective of my own style and how it has changed since then. While I’ve obviously kept up with current trends, it is interesting to see what common elements have remained.
For instance, I’ve always stuck to a similar color palette – lots of black and white, some gray, and jewel tones along with lipstick red, fuchsia and turquoise. I like all things metallic, statement-making high heels, dramatic silhouettes and the kind of jewelry that tells a story – especially if it is somewhere far away and exotic.
I was attracted to lots of gold, more covered-up but still sexy ensembles, necklines with ruffles, feathers or other embellishments, structured jackets and coats, and resort-y type looks in the summer – think tropical flowers and flowy dresses.
These pictures are from a lookbook I made during fall 2005.
How has your style evolved (or not) in the past ten years?
While mine has remained remarkably consistent, I will say there are a few things that have changed. I tend to wear sneakers more in non-gym/workout situations, I’m okay with mixing metals in my jewelry, and I’ve found that I’m less concerned about wearing dramatic or statement looks in everyday situations. I guess with age comes comfort in knowing who you are.
– Jacqueline Zenn