What I Wore: True Representation

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Hey do you recognize me? I wore this Thursday night at the BlogHer conference. The hotel room had an awkward full-length mirror inside the closet, but it seemed okay at 3:30 when I put it on; by 10pm after three glasses of wine I took a selfie in the hallway mirror while waiting for the hotel I felt it was a good representation of me. Last week, Alexandria Stylebook featured me in a post about trends we have felt good in since our school days. For me it’s band tee shirts, but in the past decade it also includes also blazers, either dark rinse or distressed straight leg jeans, pointed toe pumps, silver accessories, and a touch of leopard or cheetah print. I wore this the first night of BlogHer because I felt it was a good representation of not just my style but my self. I know others don’t always remember outfits the way I do but if they do I want it to be a clear representation of Alison.

The older I get the fewer clothes I want. Don’t get me wrong, I could do some damage if I had the funds, but there would be fewer silhouettes in the closet, fewer personalities. I wrote this piece a few years ago and while those women still reside in my wardrobe, the lines separating them are fading and I want to send a clearer message with my clothing choices. And this feels pretty me.

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A woman with curly hair wearing a plaid blazer holds a green fur coat over her shoulder on a city street.

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  1. You look great. The older I get, the more I wish I felt like I had a signature style. I so appreciate you showing not-25, not-size-5 women how to look confident, cool and polished. Rock on!

  2. I love the way you wear the band tees If I had to pick an “Alli” look it would be this. I think you look fab.

  3. do you color your hair? it looks so pretty and shiny in these pics! it’s exactly the color i’m always trying to replicate and tend to come up short. if you have details to share, please do!

    (though i’m still mad at you for getting me hooked on this dang oribe spray that is going to bankrupt me haha!)

  4. I have had multiple closet personality disorder for YEARS. But I’m learning that it stems from trying to copy the style of others, rather than finding my own style. You’ve inspired me to find what I love to wear -not what others say I should. Hopefully, that will tone down ALL the personalities in my wardrobe.

  5. Two comments, actually: One, I think that is a terrific ensemble, and certainly does feel like it is the quintessence of your style. Two: I am nearly 58 and I still am trying to come up with a consistent style story. I admire you for being past the multiple personality stage. I may never get there!

  6. YOUR GUT IS GROSSING ME OUT. Its clear you aren’t eating Whole 30 any more but eating every thing else in sight. You need a diet.

    1. Well aren’t you a charming little ray of sunshine… for all you know it may be that time of the month, or Allie may have had a big meal before taking the photos, or gee I don’t know MAY BE A REGULAR HUMAN BEING and not a constantly dieting runway model. If you’re just here to troll, you’ve come to the wrong place.

  7. Fun post. I used the link to read your multiple closet personalities post and loved all the looks for different moods. Really loved the Rocker Mama, even though that’s furthest from my own personal style…

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