Before I was a Fashion Blogger

I shared this link on Twitter and it brought up many memories of old music, old memories, and old fashion. I remembered going to a Creed concert in the '90s (I KNOW!), wearing overalls and a bandanna over my two pigtails (double I KNOW!). It made me start to think about my personal style pre-blog – how was it before I started sharing it online.

I hit up my dusty MySpace page (too bad I didn't keep my Friendster account) and found a few great sartorial blasts from the past.

Before I was a fashion blogger…

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…I wore pastel pink to my rehearsal dinner (for the record the twinset was cashmere and those pants were brocade and cropped – all from Banana Republic).


…I wore a matte jersey maxi skirt in Paris (and took matching matte jersey pants, cardigan, tunic, tank, and short skirt to mix and match).

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…and cargo pants in Norway (the horror!).

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…I wore a lace tank with jeans to a nightclub (and had WIRE HANGERS in my closet!).

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…and off the shoulder tees from Express to beachside bars.

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…I loved Go Fug Yourself in the early days and purchased their tee shirt each year.

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…I wore white shorts with sneakers.

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…I always loved bright colors…

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…and I loved anything with sequins or sparkles (still do!).

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…I always wore my silver cuff (still do!).

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…and wore boat shoes as grunge (that's my dad with me).


…I wore denim vests and Toast of New York lipstick (and cut my hair like Kelly Taylor).

Going through these pictures, my personal style hasn't changed that dramatically over the years.  While I did cave to a few trends (many that weren't that awesome), I always liked strong accessories, black with bright colors, and solids over prints.  As I have gotten older, my style has become more refined (fewer flip flops and cargo pants, more pencil skirts and pumps), and more consistent (again, no cargo pants and definitely no lace tanks from Ann Taylor with distressed denim).

How has your personal style evolved over the years?


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  1. Kristen
    January 20, 2012 / 12:49 pm

    This is so great. I don’t think I have many pictures of my adult fashion. I spent so many years hiding from the camera!

  2. Steph
    January 12, 2012 / 6:12 pm

    Oh, Toast of New York. I might still have a tube molding in a momento box.

  3. January 12, 2012 / 3:27 pm

    FUNNY stuff! I dont even want to dig up any old pics of my  fashion faux pas!

  4. Jasmine @Web Haute Jas
    January 12, 2012 / 3:01 pm

    this is awesomeness! i have been meaning to go through some of my old pics & give those looks an update! great post!

  5. January 12, 2012 / 3:24 am

    Love the retrospective! I’d be too terrified to post old pictures of myself: half the time I can’t even think about them without flinching.

  6. January 11, 2012 / 7:32 pm

    I think mine was a combo of Express and Limited. I worked for Express for… well far too long and had accumulated a whole closet of matte jersey from them in black, brown, gray, and blue! It is perfect for travel, could spot clean or handwash in the hotel sink, hang dry & have it ready the next day. And no wrinkles!

  7. Beth
    January 11, 2012 / 7:30 pm

    If that matte jersey stuff was from Nordstrom, I think I bought the exact same for a 2000 trip to Europe! (long skirt, short skirt, pants, cardigan, tunic, and tank) It certainly was easy to wash and hang the 3 weeks I was over there. Fun look back.

  8. January 11, 2012 / 5:11 pm

    These photos were so fun!  I think my style has changed but there are still things I hold on to. 

  9. January 11, 2012 / 4:44 am

    These are awesome! Reminds me of some of my myspace photos (not sure if I still know my login…). Anyway, fun post 🙂

  10. Lawgirl
    January 11, 2012 / 2:53 am

    So funny.  i think I’m a first-time poster (but daily lurker).  I can totally relate to to many of these (was born in 1970, so yeah, the 90s was my decade!).  Loved seeing you “get your freak on” with your girls at the bar. LOL. 

  11. January 11, 2012 / 2:45 am

    OMG, these photos are awesome!
    And yes, my style has evolved so much. I still remember my Nirvana phase full of flannel shirts and denim. 

  12. lorena
    January 11, 2012 / 2:22 am

    I totally loved this post Allie, it´s always interesting to look back –
    In my case, I now wear dresses and skirts – before my closet was 95% jeans.
    I wear perfume and get my a manicure and pedicure at least once a month AND I no longer bite my nails.
    Oh, wait – maybe I grew up !

  13. January 11, 2012 / 12:43 am

    What a fun post, Allie! I love seeing how personal style evolves over the years. I shudder to think of some of my past getups…eek.

  14. January 11, 2012 / 12:36 am

    I know I stopped when it took 50 years to load and it was all about pageviews and ads.  I miss when it was like an oldschool blog (one reason why my blog is still oldschool in many ways, I do what I wish in other blogs!)

  15. January 11, 2012 / 12:26 am

    This is such a fun post and reminds me of the many faux pas I’ve made in my fashion life.  Thank goodness there are NO photos as proof!

  16. Margie G
    January 11, 2012 / 12:03 am

    My taste has changed dramatically since I was younger.  In high school, I went thru the whole grunge, baggy thing and then I started wearing a lot of tighter “club” clothing right after graduation.  Now my taste is more casual(ex JCrew,H&M,Calvin Klein) or the occasionally outfit with a leather or worn-down denim jacket.  I also LOVE loungewear, but it has to be good quality for me to wear it(no PINK attire for me).  I like how you dress, but I don’t work in an office setting and I live in a very casual city.   I think you evolved great over the years!  It’s good to know your sense of style.

  17. Shannon
    January 10, 2012 / 11:12 pm

    Ohmygosh!  Those last pictures were such blasts from the past.  You look just like my friends and I all looked ~ circa late 80’s/early 90’s.  I’m laughing and wishing I had those pictures close at hand now.  Thank you for the smiles this afternoon.  🙂

  18. January 10, 2012 / 10:46 pm

    I love when you do personal/reflective posts like this! Is it weird that the most horrifying thing to read was the part about you having wire hangers? Haha

  19. January 10, 2012 / 10:25 pm

    love this! And OMG I used to obsess over Go FUg Yourself… why did I stop reading them??

  20. Grace - Stripes & Sequins
    January 10, 2012 / 10:25 pm

    I absolutely loved this post!!    Way to put yourself out there.  I love your denim vest.  Would have been incredibly envious, way back when… 🙂

  21. Natalie
    January 10, 2012 / 10:21 pm

    Hee hee hee, I wore Toast of New York lipstick too!

  22. January 10, 2012 / 10:17 pm

    this is beyond creative and amazing. I love this. I have tried soooo hard to sign into my myspace and cannot remember the password. LOVE THIS

  23. Dee
    January 10, 2012 / 10:17 pm

    You had the Kelly ‘do’? That’s awesome!!! Thanks for sharing these pictures!

  24. Natalie :)
    January 10, 2012 / 10:07 pm

    Allie, Thanks for sharing these pictures!! My style has definitely changed. When I finally started to accept that certain things will just not look good on me, I started to feel more “me” in my clothes.

    Also that Kelly Taylor picture—I think she had the same denim vest too 🙂

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