On Making a Style Statement

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Go bold, or go home.

That’s a bit aggressive. But if you’re making a style statement being a bit aggressive comes in handy.

As we’ve discussed before on KATNP, your sense of style is so much more than following “fashion rules” and keeping up with the latest trends. A style statement is more like a personal statement of who you are and what you’d like to represent to the world.

It’s an outwardly expression of your inner essence. And you shouldn’t be timid about expressing your inner essence.

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So, what do you think this kaleidoscopic Mara Hoffman dress says about my inner essence?

That I’m fearless and energetic? – Sometimes.

That I’m erratic and wacky? – More often than not.

That I’m lively and playful? – I’d like to think so.

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I wore this dress to my Dad’s retirement ceremony after 30 years of service in the United States Air Force. It was a beautiful ceremony {I started crying 5 minutes in and couldn’t stop – seriously no point in me putting on makeup that morning, I was a hot mess.}.

I got more of a glimpse into my Dad’s inner essence than ever before and was pleasantly surprised at how similar we actually are.

This apple does not fall far from the tree.

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I knew I wanted to wear something bold to the ceremony as a way to represent characteristics I see in myself now and what I hope to see in the future:

Driven.

High-spirited.

Dynamic.

Zealous.

Fun.

All the characteristics I see in my Dad.

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{wearing: dress / sandals (similar) / clutch (similar) / earrings (similar) / sunglasses / lipstick}

I think this dress captured it perfectly.

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I hope you all are having a great week and enjoy the upcoming Labor Day weekend – you may actually see this dress on repeat – though more casually – for Labor Day festivities. 😉

Thanks for reading!

‘till next time

Ashlei

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