My Style Then & Now- Katherine Chandler

Taking a trip down memory lane can be nerve racking, remembering what I chose to wear in middle school and high school as well as college, to sitting in my cubicle at my day job trying to figure out how to be chic, comfortable and sophisticated all at the same time– wondering where all those years went and why I didn’t treasure them more, even if I decided that wearing a bandanna in my 6th grade school portrait on my head was the way to go.

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Looking back, I cringe at the outfit choices I made. As a kid I could only fit into Limited Too (now called Justice), and dusters were all the craze then, as well as sparkly purple pants. In high school, my fashion was subdued with an edge to it, I discovered I liked alternative music and let my wardrobe reflect my taste. I fell in love with the color black. Black jeans, black shirts, black blouses, black everything to match my black teenage heart. Graduating from the black craze to the sorority driven world of college, where you can share closets with 40 other girls in the house with you, my tastes teetered into the Lilly Pulitzer craze mixed with French Connection and cute boutiques around Raleigh, NC. I still held onto my wild side and let my personality drive my options for clothing, mixing in some furs and sparkles here and there. But I still wasn’t done growing in my wardrobe preferences, and I have now entered the stage of “Must be Comfy”. I won’t wear anything I’m uncomfortable in these days, as a rule to my sanity. I am all about the California Laid Back Vibe, mix in the New York Smokey Tinge and that would be the best way to describe my closet right now. I am actively trying to update my look with clothing that are statement pieces as well as the necessary basics everyone should own. I’m a huge fan of cute ankle length jeans and a comfy T paired with some low-cut booties; and Range caters so well to my style (every part of my style) that I know every time I come into work I will find at least 5 items of clothing that I want to take home with me that day.

I wish I could buy the entire store to stock my closet with. Spring cleaning as an adult has never felt so good, it’s exciting to be able to shed the clothes that no longer make you passionate about putting them on! 

Not only am I updating my wardrobe to reflect my age, but this is the year that I have finally stepped into my intended career as well; the one I have been tirelessly searching in my heart to find, the one that I feel most passionate about making a life with. I want to look back at 27 as the year I took charge, the year I succeeded in those big girl dreams, the ones where you see yourself in 20 years when you’re a kid envisioning what your life will be like at this age. And now I am this age. And I am taking charge. Who said adulthood needs to be scary? This year I am making it the exact opposite. I am making it my year of “adulting”, my year of finding out what I want from my life, how I can influence those around me for the positive, and how I can help those in my community who are in need.

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So as an almost 27-year-old, I’m keeping my possibilities open. I can now see how far I’ve come in the past 4 years, from changing careers like I change my shoes, shedding insecurities and hindering attitudes, to traveling with my favorite people in my favorite outifts; and I can see now that in those short 4 years I have developed into a more influential human being in my own life, if not in the life of others around me as well. This encourages my ideal slope of success for the coming years, and where I see myself. I want to tell the younger me that making mud pies and playing dress up is fun, but just wait until you can express yourself with your powerful mind, voice, and even the clothes you wear daily. That is when the real fun begins.

Warning: cheesy pun will ensue – The world is indeed my oyster.

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