Evolution of Style, with Carrie of DreamGreenDIY

First of all, thank you all so much for your sweet comments and emails the last few days! You made me feel so much better about my weird little funk, and I think I’m slowly getting back in my groove. Thanks for sticking with me!!

I have another an exciting installment of Evolution of Style for you today! If you haven’t read all of the other installments, then I highly suggest you do. They’re so fun!

I first met Carrie when I oogled over her house tour on The Everygirl several weeks ago, and I’ve been checking in on her blog DreamGreenDIY ever since! Her home and her style are filled with color, which I love! ¬†Check out her answers below!

Carrie of DreamGreenDIY

photo by Katie Stoops

Looking back in your childhood, when was the very first time you remember thinking about fashion and style?

It probably happened somewhere between Natalie Wood and Olivia Newton-John, circa 1960-1975. My parents exposed us early on to the glory that is classic film. I remember trying my hardest to force my childhood friends to watch West Side Story and Grease over and over again, much to their chagrin. But I just couldn’t get enough, even then, of the big skirts, tight denim, leather jackets and cat eyes of the 60’s and 70’s (and the music too, obviously…).

Who was the very first person you looked to for style ideas?

Don’t hate, but despite my promising beginning in the history of fashion, my first style icon was probably Avril Lavigne. I was as much a “punk kid” as you could be in my high school days, and I remember wearing baggy pants, a ratty white tank top, skater shoes, a tie and bracelets up to my elbows on just about any given day. I’ve always had a pretty vibrant and creative personality – At least that’s the excuse I’m going with today for the fashion offenses of my youth. Luckily, I’ve found a new outlet for that eccentricity: an art canvas.

Did you have a favorite outfit growing up? One that your mom or dad just could not get off of you?

There were certainly pieces from my teenage days that I can remember wearing over and over again (like a way-too-thin, blue waffle fabric tube top that I used to wear. All. The. Time.), but I think the more sentimental answer to this question, and one that I don’t mind admitting to, was a little green dress when I was REALLY young. It was a perfect shade of minty green with delicate pink embroidery. I loved that dress to death…

Carrie of DreamGreenDIY

photo by Katie Stoops

How would you describe your style now?

Today, I am drawn to layers of pattern and color. I rarely gravitate towards matchy-matchy looks, reaching instead for a blue cardigan to layer over a neon yellow patterned tank top, or a raspberry colored dress paired with a mint sweater. Cap it off with some metallic accessories and I’m ready to hop out the door.

What sort of things do you consider when putting together an outfit?

Like at home, I think my clothing style could be classified simply as “eclectic” – I can appreciate a designer label as much as the next girl, but I’m not going to break the bank to get the look head to toe. Instead, I try to mix and match my proud-but-small collection of designer pieces with my budget finds. I finish the whole ensemble with the accessories. In my opinion, you can never have too many earrings, necklaces and bracelets. When you’re trying to stretch a wardrobe, jewelry is a great way to change things up simply by switching out one or two pieces. And of course, there are the shoes…I love me a stylish pair of flats. I so appreciate that designers are coming out with styles that are just as eye-catching and fabulous as heels. I adore how I feel mentally in a pair of heels, but don’t love so much how I feel PHYSICALLY. Give me a pair of skinny jeans, bright patterned flats, a statement necklace and flowy top and you’ve got one happy girl on your hands.

Who do you consider your style icon today?

I can’t get enough of Lindsey Calla’s blog, Saucy Glossie. Her campaign with TJ Maxx is hugely inspiring and shows that “real girls” can be stylish for less. I also love the style files over on designlovefest. There are more than a few looks I could never hope to pull off, but watching Bri have so much fun in the fresh pieces she pairs together is still a big inspiration. Does Pinterest count as a style icon? I would be lost without my “Style” pinboard…I use it practically every morning to help put together looks and layers that I might not have thought of on my own. It’s actually taught me a lot and I find myself feeling more confident in the closet as time goes on.

What trends right now are you loving?

I love that the 70’s and 80’s have officially made a comeback. Oversized floral prints, big tortoiseshell glasses, full skirts, collars and red lips. It seems so feminine, but at the same time edgy. I love seeing these looks transitioning into the fall too…It will be fun to test out the evolving trends.

Carrie of DreamGreenDIY

photo by Katie Stoops

How do you see your style changing in the next 10 years?

I honestly hope that it doesn’t change that much. I think some facets will go out of style, but there seems to have been such a big push on classics in the last couple of years and I’ve done my best to build a good foundation for a wardrobe that can stand the test of time. I’m definitely interested to see where it goes – Maybe the style of the 20’s will make a big return!

What’s the one item in your closet you couldn’t live without?

My skinny jeans. No question.

Thank you so much, Carrie!! 

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