Happy Monday y'all! Today on the blog I am so excited to be sharing a guest post by my friend Mikayla talking all about New England Style. Mikayla runs a fabulous blog called The Taste Tracker which is all things style/travel/food and will leave you with a serious case of wanderlust.
Today we are getting together to share both our regional and personal styles - so without further ado lets jump right in.
How would you describe your personal style?
I would describe my style as classic with rustic/bohemian touches; I never like to look too put together. One of my favorite outfits to wear is a plain white tank top tucked into my black skinny jeans from Urban Outfitters. But my look never ends there; I’ll through on a skinny belt with metal details, a thick, embroidered scarf and some delicate gold chains. I love embellishing classic silhouettes with different kinds of jewelry, scarves and shoes.
How would you describe the style of New England?
There are a couple different kinds of styles that float around New England. In boating/yacht capitals like Newport, Rhode Island, brands like Lily Pulitzer, Jack Rogers and Vera Bradley are on every corner. Needless to say, people in these towns are incredibly preppy. However, New England has a lot of rustic parts to it where people are much more laid back in the ways they dress. Brands like L.L. Bean are super popular in these areas, as are styles similar to those from Patagonia.
How does your style compare to your regional style?
I would say my style differs greatly from my regional style. My particular area—a small town in Rhode Island—tended to air more on the preppier side of fashion, favoring Tory Burch, Sperrys and Ralph Lauren Polo. There wasn’t much branching out from fashion conventions and popular clothing stores like Brandy Melville or Forever 21. I like to think I try out trends that are a little more similar to what you’d see on the streets on New York City or London, because that’s where I belong.
What is your favorite piece in your wardrobe?
My favorite piece in my wardrobe would have to be my long, camel-colored overcoat from Forever 21. It’s so versatile and makes any and every outfit look so chic.
What brands do you find build the New England style?
As I stated earlier, there are some staple brands up here in New England that truly build its style. In more preppier regions like eastern Massachusetts and southern Rhode Island, the staple brands are Sperrys, Vineyard Vines, Tory Burch (because looking like you’re from the West Coast is always cool), Alex and Ani and Lily Pulitzer. More rural regions like Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire all tend to favor L.L. Bean and your traditional flannels, beanies and winter boots.
Has your style changed through your recent move?
I style has definitely evolved throughout my traveling. I moved down to the DC area for college and my style morphed into a little more “hipster” than it previously was—I was, and still am, a big fan of halter crop tops with high-waisted jeans and a denim jacket. Urban Outfitters became my second home. Now, I still maintain those “hipster” elements through staple pieces like denim jackets and circle lens, but I like to add classic pieces—like a tailored coat or polished booties— to every outfit that I wear.
Where do you find your biggest style inspiration?
My style inspiration comes from SO many places. I am an avid fashion magazine reader, so I tend to pull a lot of inspiration from those pages. Tumblr is also a great place for fashion inspo; I’ll just search for a particularly fashionable person and a ton of street style photos will usually pop up. Right now, I’m super into Kendall Jenner’s style.
What do you love most about your look?
A lot of friends have called my look “cool,” which is a really big compliment. I never like to look too overdone and try to just go with my instincts on what pieces look good together and what colors look nice combined. I like to think my overall look is very sophisticated—that’s definitely a characteristic I strive for on a daily basis!
Don't forget to head over to Mikayla's blog to see more of her style and my southern inspired look. You can also check her out on Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.
Seriously though don't blame me if you get the travel bug, you definitely will. Have a great week y'all!