Meggstatus has been another one of my favorite bloggers since she started her journey here on Chictopia. Her style is casual, effortless, and versatile; yet she is also bold, daring and quirky. She isn’t afraid to play around with different textures, patterns, colors, and lengths. Read on to learn more about this SoCal gal.
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1. Your always make the most quirky and boldest colors (like your recent lime-green sweater) and prints look so effortless to pull off. Do you have any tips on how to make those colors and patterns more wearable?
M: “You just need to own it! Much like how wild dogs can smell fear, fashion critics can smell hesitation. So my advice is to mix on colors, and to be confident in whatever you choose to wear. Life is too short to worry about improper mash-ups. When you’re picking the scoops of an ice cream cone, you go with what you like – not the color combos – so why can’t fashion be the same?”
2. When and how did you start getting into fashion, in particular vintage clothing?
M: “It’s always been a major part in who I am. I could give the clever anecdote about me dressing up in my mom’s clothing when I was a young girl but I’m sure most of us girls did the same thing. I got more into vintage a few years ago. I’ve always been into old movies, old music and old styles, and as a college student I was a bit strapped for money, so I started embracing thrift and vintage stores. I prefer the old craftsmanship that was widely available in the past compared to the cookie cutter manufacturing available today. Years ago, people took pride in the construction of clothing as well as the style. Basically, I would rather have something one of a kind & well constructed than something from Forever 21 that everyone else has, and will only last for a couple of washes.”
3. What is your current favorite summer trend, and why?
M: “Trends rarely effect the way I dress, but I enjoy the push to more lady-like fashion; instead of the street walker chic trend that we saw way too much of in the past couple of seasons. I guess it was a natural transition towards modesty as a trend since skirts couldn’t get any shorter, and people were literally wearing underwear as bottoms. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a prude, but there is a very fine line between pushing the envelope and being vulgar. The next step is to gravitate towards the complete opposite aesthetic and I couldn’t be happier for it.”
4. I know that you work in retail—has that influenced your style at all? If so, how?
M: “No. The store that I, currently, work at is cute, but not my style. One thing that I’ve learned from working in retail is that everyone has their insecurities. I can’t tell you how many people I have encountered that look like the most confident people in the world, but are completely insecure about everything they put on. The fun thing about working retail is being able to help people cultivate their style. The progression of personal style is nothing that can be taught but rather happens over time.”
5. You have the most amazing hat collection! When did you start becoming obsessed with hats? What type of hat do you think is universally flattering on all head/face shapes?
M: “My hat obsession started around 2 years ago, and there’s been no turning back. Most people don’t go looking for hats at vintage/thrift stores, so its usually a kid in a candy store situation. I don’t think that hats work for everyone – fedoras usually make middle-aged men look like mobsters and middle age women look like they’re channeling Britney Spears – but the right hat can add an unexpected element to any outfit. The most universal hat that I can think of is the Italian boater hat. If that’s too much to start with, I would suggest a stylish turban style beanie.”
For more of her you can visit her blog, Another Day to Dress Up
For more of me, you can visit my blog, Transient Withdrawal