Most self-professed outfit addicts have built themselves a solid wardrobe. Or, at least, they think they have one. Years of fashion magazine studying, street style surveying and careful observation of an older sister or mother's clothing picks have given these fashion lovers a healthy dose of closet confidence.
In my case, it was all the above, plus a shamelessly generous helping of '80s and '90s films. (I may not have found Molly Ringwald's dancing boots yet, but you better believe I still consider myself an honorary member of The Breakfast Club.)
Naturally, I was pretty sure of myself when I gave my best friend full reign of my clothing collection. Austen, who happens to be the blogger behind Keep Calm and Chiffon, would surely have no problem sourcing my wardrobe for an on-point #OOTD.
But seconds after pulling open my cramped closet's double doors, she breathlessly emerged, elbow-deep in a pair of thrifted mom jeans and patterned floral slacks, and asked, "Where's all the black?"
Practically a lifelong New Yorker, my stylish friend was shocked by the sheer saturation in this Florida native's closet.
Pointing to the floral slacks, she asked, "Are these pants?"
I should mention Austen is a decorated member of the bohemian style tribe, while I prefer more of a '90s throwback look. Give me chokers, give me halter tops, give me minimalistic overalls, and I'm a happy lady.
But Austen had no intention of letting me grunge it up. Instead, my look got a major ladylike upgrade, courtesy of her handpicked clothing creation. While my bright flower power pants made the final cut, my normally Vans-clad feet were strapped into a set of stacked heels.
Paired with a silky black sleeveless top and my record-shaped purse, the look was nothing I had put together before, yet it was still quintessentially me.
The playful purse seemed an odd pairing with such funky, dressed-up pants, and still, it just worked. On that note, Austen said, "Since it came off as a sleek and polished look, I didn't want it to be too serious because you're so much fun!"
I figured out I can still be my silly, stylish self with a perfectly prep-tastic look. Check out below for the final look!