Today marks the start of a change for Friend Friday. Up until this point we have been answering weekly questions, but starting in July and for the foreseeable future we are switching to a twice monthly action plan. I let the members know about this change a couple weeks ago and so many of them have been supportive of it and very encouraging. The decision was the result of a lot of internal debate on my part. Afterall, I like the weekly chats we bloggers have. I love the ease at which all the members can come up with a Friday post. But my reasons for switching to the twice monthly mode are as follows:
- The group is growing at such a rapid pace, now over 725 members, that I want to make sure there is value for everyone. Sometimes a week is not enough time to read through and comment on all the posts. Now there is a two week window to give all the participating bloggers time to interact more with the others.
- The purpose of FBFF is to create a blogger network in which we check our pride, selfishness and high school attitudes at the door; bringing instead support and encouragement to all the other members and fashion bloggers out there. With the rapid fire week-after-week questions that purpose has become clouded and pettiness has begun to seep in. It’s not needed.
- To be honest, I don’t have the time to keep up with the weekly posts, creating thought-provoking questions, the FBFF discussion boards, introducing new members, etc… I never expected this to become so big or so time consuming. I want to make sure to give everything the importance it deserves.
With that in mind… FBFF questions will now be posted on the 1st and 3rd Friday’s of each month. As always there is no obligation to answer the questions each week. Join in as you see fit. If you are not a member, here is the Google Group. And mega thanks to all 725 members who have taken an interest in this meme!
This week’s questions are in part inspired by Vahni from Grit and Glamour. A number of weeks ago she posted about her personal uniform or ‘outfit formula’ as she dubbed it. The concept struck me. What is an outfit formula or the typical ‘you’ uniform. The items you easily reach for. The easy-to-create look that is oh so you.
1. What’s your go-to outfit formula? I think, for me, it varies based on the season. Now in the warmer weather I’m all about a simple dress, a cardigan, a belt and a great pair of heels and of course the accents of earrings, rings and bracelets or necklace. It’s simple, easy, basic and it is the look that I find myself creating again and again each morning. Come to think of it… It’s all I’ve worn this week.
2. How did you come about this formula? It’s actually not a new formula. It’s what I’ve been doing for years now. The dress always makes me feel feminine and put together. The cardigan adds something to the dress, especially in the cooler temperatures. The belt is that little extra that takes a couple items of clothing and turns it into a polished look. And a pair of heels… well everything looks better with a killer pair of heels, right?!
3. Do you have different formulas for different occasions in your life? Sure. The dress/cardigan combination is certainly a daily look. On the weekends, I’m much more included to rolled jeans and a t-shirt. This past winter, as I re-introduced myself to the cold months, I stuck with a dark uniform of basic skinny pants and over-sized comfy sweaters.
4. Has it morphed over the years? Oh, yeah! In college my uniform was a pair of jeans and a sweatshirt. With Milwaukee being cold 8 months out of the year I never had to worry much about deviating from that. When the weather got warm it was flip-flops, jeans and t-shirts. It was so intense, that a very dear family friend who was getting a little forgetful and visually impaired in her old age told a friend that she really liked when I, the boy from nearby, came to visit. Yeah – that ‘boy’ was a girl who never wore anything other than school sweatshirts and jeans.
In high school it was literally a uniform (green plaid!). As a young professional, I thought suits were the be-all, end-all so I spent a lot of time trying to create that professional look. Later I realized in a field like mine, the strict suit life wasn’t something I needed to adhere to. That’s when the current outfit formula began to emerge.
5. Which other blogger’s outfit formula would you like to swipe? Right now, thanks to the personal challenge to wear more skirts/dresses and heels this summer, I am loving JoAnn from Sidewalk Chic. She’s got an amazing collection of dresses and skirts that I can envision endless remixes for. So cute!