Sarah Aiken is a freelance writer, blogger, and novelist. She has written for numerous businesses, lifestyle blogs, and web content clients, and has also ghostwritten several novels, novellas, and short stories. She is currently working on her first novel, which should hopefully be completed by this summer, if enough caffeine is involved. Besides writing, she loves hiking, camping, reading, cooking, and road trips. She graduated magna cum laude with her B.A. in Business Management. A Seattleite at heart, she currently lives in southeastern Wyoming with her husband, three kids, and the cat that rules them all.
My personal style is something that, quite honestly, I’ve never taken too seriously. I think fashion should be fun, and should reflect one’s individual personality. My biggest influences come from the ‘60s and ‘70s, but I pretty much just make it up as I go. I’ve sort of cobbled by style together over time, choosing pieces that were good quality, comfortable, affordable, and timeless. It seems impractical (not to mention incredibly pricey) to be so trendy that you have to replace your wardrobe repeatedly! Because of this, I try to choose main pieces that will still look good five years from now, and add in trendy accents instead, such as accessories. The biggest influencer of my style, however, is weather.
Staples and Accessories
My overall style changes from day to day, depending on my mood and the day’s activities. My sartorial choices range from boho-chic to outdoorsy to girly-prep, but always with practicality in mind. I have a borderline-worrisome obsession with light sweaters/cardigans, flowy scarves, and boots, and the combinations possible with those three staple items make a girl swoon! Add in a nice pair of jeans and a camisole tank top, and you’re set! Sundresses and scarves are also fun! I think that’s a reflection of the Seattle girl in me.
However, I’ve also incorporated more warm hats, wool sweaters, and fleeces since moving to the High Plains, because the wind here is brutal, and the weather/temperature changes so rapidly that layers are a must, even in summer. On especially cold winter days, when it comes down to the tragic necessity of choosing warmth over cuteness, that’s when accessories became even more necessary! Cute patterned scarves, an adorable hat, a statement necklace, or unique earrings are a quick and easy way to jazz up an otherwise bland outfit.
A girl’s shoes are arguably just as fundamental to her style as any other part of her wardrobe. As with everything else, my footwear is also dependent on the weather and my activities. I’m not one of those girls brave enough to wear pumps in the snow or heels out in nature! Late spring through early summer is the stormy season here, with daily torrential downpours, hail storms, and the occasional tornado warning thrown in just to keep you on your toes. At this time of year, I generally stick to more practical footwear. Comfy sneakers for hiking and camping, Chuck Taylors for my usual out-and-about-ness, and flip-flops for the gentle weather days.
Late summer through fall is the best time of year, because the storms have passed, and it’s warm enough to wear the fun, girly stuff! Wedges are my personal favorite, because not only are they comfortable, but they pretty much go with everything. That, and I walk like a duck in pumps…
Late fall through spring is cold here, which is when my darling boots get brought out to play. That is, until mid-January through March. Or what I like to call mudfest. The constant snowing and thawing at this point leaves everything mucky and yucky, so my precious boots take a back seat to more weather-friendly footwear, usually my favorite pair of black Converse All-Stars. Which really do go with everything!