I’m Margaret (she/her), a millennial based in Berkeley, CA doing the outfit diary thing for fun. You can see all my daily outfit posts on Instagram @mgetsdressed, where I also include thoughts on my process for styling each outfit. This is partly to clarify my thoughts, partly as outfit reference for later, and partly to share with anyone interested the different things you can play around with to get your outfit how you want. With fashion as a creative outlet, there is no wrong answer, but it helps to understand your tools 🛠
On this site, I dive deeper into wardrobe curation and exploring styling options particular items or aesthetics. My main gig is working as a software engineer, and aside from writing this blog, I also enjoy making whimsical stuffed dinosaurs for Etsy.
🌻 Thanks for stopping by!
💌 How can I contact you?
You can reach me through Instagram DM @mgetsdressed, or at mgetsdressed at gmail dot com.
📏 What are your measurements?
For sizing reference, I am 5’1″ with
38″ bust – 29″ waist – 39″ hips. quarantine update: approximately 40″ bust – 32″ waist – 42″ hips. My most common size is US 10.
🙋♀️ Can I hire you to give me style advice?
If you have a quick question I’m happy to talk through a quick Instagram DM (no cost, I’m not popular enough to be totally swamped with DMs and I love talking style)! But if you want me to do a full personalized style analysis, check out the options and pricing here.
📝 How would you describe your style?
The short answer: mostly crunchy casual with a touch of whimsy.
When I first started out on a wardrobe overhaul, I found it really helpful to have a sort of style north star by curating my closet and outfits to generally fit into one or two aesthetics.
At this point, I’m more in the roll-with-it mode when it comes to my day to day aesthetic. I like every item in my closet, and I’ve spent so long really concentrating on styling things that I have a solid idea on how the pieces work together, so I don’t need to constantly reference back to one style framework to keep myself focused.
However, I still really enjoy making Pinterest boards, and for any given outfit, I find it easier and more satisfying to put it together when I have a specific vibe in mind, even if it’s different from one day to the next or incorporated to a lesser degree.
These are the two style concepts that I reference the most:
🐌 “Crunchy Casual”
I’d sum the style up as utilitarian and playful with hints of punk and hippie. In internet-speak: “somewhere between art hoe and gorp-core”, or possibly even just “whatever was at Urban Outfitters.” Also sometimes referenced as “granola casual”.
I have a blog post that goes into a more in-depth breakdown of what this means to me.
Romantic and earthy-but-not-hippie. Somewhere at the nexus of cottagecore/mori and vintage academia aesthetics, with a touch of fairytale/fantasy. I started the board in Fall 2018, though it was pretty strongly influenced by the particular flavor of polyvore/tumblr nature-twee seen in the “Polyvore Throwbacks” subsection.
I personally enjoy the exercise of distilling a style, and I find that having a framework to work with makes it easier to come up with outfits on a day to day basis.
Do you need to have this level of detail mapped out for your own outfits in order to just wear clothes? Definitely not! Sitting down and defining your current style preferences can be a useful tool or just an interesting exercise, but it is by no means necessary to just get dressed.
🔎 A Framework for Depth
One sort of design philosophy I like to revisit is this “what makes a place magical” checklist written by James Talbot for the development of the Casa Neverlandia art house (via u/weph on reddit).
While some of it is clearly specific to environment design, I think a lot of it is also applicable to how to style a slightly whimsical outfit with depth or curating a wardrobe that makes it easier to do that. Lots of good food for thought around how you can build a visually enriched look.