Want to know the best part about sharing our stories? It’s finding personal style that inspires.
As we head into a new month and new season, we’re excited to shed our summer skin and embrace comfy Autumn layers. So with that in mind, one question we always pose and want to know from all of you, is this:
How do you celebrate personal style?
"I would say I’m a creative person. I enjoy anything visually pleasing, which sounds pretty general but I would rather lose any of my other senses than eyesight (I’ve thought about this many times!) More than anything I like wearing things that have a story."
Relive our moments and conversation at the Union Square Greenmarket with digital girl and fine artist Samantha Andriano.
Last summer I had the pleasure of meeting and mentoring budding personal style blogger, Jamie Grimstad. Since, Jamie has launched her blog Little J, which has already created some big buzz. There’s something to be said for Jamie’s incredible ambition and well-curated focus on fashion and fitness. So today she’s sharing her story and thoughts on confidence in style and how it pertains to identity as a young adult:
On a daily basis, young girls (and grown women) are constantly under society’s pressure to look thin, to look glamorous, and to always be their best selves – a pressure that is partially stemmed from the hype around social media in today’s day and age. I can’t even remember a time when I have been with a group of friends and a comment about how he/she looks has not come up in our conversation. But why are we all so focused on appearances and how others view us? While I have struggled to find the answer to this question myself, I have discovered that it all goes back to self-confidence.
Like many girls my age, I have (and still do) struggled to maintain a high confidence level in my ability, my looks, and in athletics (most specifically running). I oftentimes find myself worried about receiving judgment from my friends, being humiliated, or even being disappointed in myself for not living up to society’s so called “standards.”
During my pre-teen years I really struggled to fit into my hometown community of Nashville, Tennessee – I wasn’t a hardcore athlete (which my school praised) and I didn’t follow along with the norms of other girls. Rather, I had other interests – in art, in culture, and in design, in dance, in fashion, and in traveling abroad. I felt like an outsider in silly situations, and it really took a toll on how I viewed myself as a person.
About four years ago, my family spontaneously up-rooted all of our entire lives to move to Manhattan. A city that I had always dreamed of living in, but never believed that it would become a reality.
Now living in NYC, which we all know is a mecca of female powerhouses; my exposure to women who have the gumption to not only dress, but also carry themselves with confidence is on every corner. I attend school with girls who have high hopes and dreams of becoming the next leaders of the world, the next editors of major publications, and the next diplomats. Furthermore, I live in a city with limitless opportunities, not to mention, a city that is filled with some of the most interesting people in the world. Living in NYC, I have truly been able to figure out what kind of person I want to become – and be okay with it, for that matter. Through both fashion and blogging, I have been able to express myself completely without hesitation, which is part of the reason why I love it so much. Running a blog has allowed me to start conversations with thousands of readers over the Internet and inspire young girls like myself to not only pursue their passions, but also be confident in everything they do.
I may still receive judgment from some of my peers for what I chose to do (or what I don’t) – but at this point, I do not care. I have come to a point in my life where I now realize that I do not need to “fit in” to whatever the societal norm is. I have learned that if you have confidence and good self-image, you simultaneously develop fearlessness inside of you… A fearlessness to be yourself in any given situation.
The most important thing that I have to remind myself is to be confident in my ability in any arena of life that I step into. Not to mention, radiating that confidence onto the people that surround me. In doing so, I realize that I become the trailblazer, the role model, and the influencer that others admire.
I re-tell this story everywhere but only because it has had a huge impact on how I carry myself on a daily basis. A little something something that I learned from the best, “Big Jamie” (my grandmother) is the following quote, which she used to always tell me as a young girl: “Confidence – it’s like perfume; for, people can smell it off you.”
I have come to learn that being confident is simply about being comfortable and unique to your lifestyle. It’s about how you live, and how you carry yourself in any given situation, and in fashion, it’s never about the piece, however it’s about your presentation.
Photo courtesy of India and Jamie Grimstad