Everyone, its time. I think Boyer Sisters blog is now old enough to have some history to look back on. And, when it comes to running a modest fashion/lifestyle blog, the topic of choice would, of course, be nothing less than fashion. This post brings us back three years. I had just graduated High School in 2013, and my style was very much that of a modern girl who didn’t like to where shorts or pants. This younger version of Jessica cared very much about leading an active, fuss-free lifestyle, and so I certainly didn’t mind looking a little eclectic. To some, my old style might seem wanting in taste and classiness, and to others, it clearly reflects the extremely carefree personality of a Jessica that used to be. As for me, you’d be interested to know that I raised my hand to cover my eyes, saying, “What was I thinking?”
While the girls were busy learning about vintage fashion, where was I, but outside learning about nature. Whenever a new creation was whisked off the sewing machine for wear, I was busy in the garden hoeing weeds. If a new blog idea was being put into execution, I wasn’t around to hear the details. As you can see, I was pretty absent from the fashion side of our blog. The fact that I posted five Jessica’s Hope Chest and Flower Parlor posts to one outfit post throughout the year tells you that I just wasn’t on board with the idea of polishing up my wardrobe to be showcased for an online audience. Nope. I was quite content to be the different sister. My, how things have changed around here!
If you’re new to our site, and haven’t taken the time to look as far back as 2013 (don’t feel bad, I rarely do this myself) you’ll find a few things different about our blog. We used to have series like Classy On Sundays, and though we still do a Sister Flair post, they don’t come as often as they used to. The image above was snagged from one of our Sister Flair posts from the Summer of 2013. We stopped Classy on Sundays for a number of reasons, the biggest reason being that we didn’t have enough time during the week to publish more than three posts. As for the Sister Flairs, although one does get posted every now and then, they too have become a rarity.
Okay, okay, so I’m not that poorly dressed, I just had a different caliber of style back in the day. As you can see, the girls’ styles have changed quite a bit too, but they were way ahead of me at this point. You can see what I mean by clicking here, and here. I still love a good T-shirt, though, even the kind with slogans and logos. I don’t care what’s on it, really, it just needs to give me freedom of movement. I have found that I can’t do any kind of hard, outside work without two or three of these kinds of T-shirts in my closet. But those work T-shirts are for work only. I wear them, and tank-tops, about half my wakeful hours in the Spring and Summer.
My nice T-shirts on the other hand must pass the,”is it vintage-looking” test. If it doesn’t, I won’t buy it. A vintage T in my mind is anything that doesn’t have a V-neck, doesn’t have a bold modern print on it, and for the most part, looks classy. Even still, I have more short sleeved blouses than I do T-shirts. Before last year, I had all T-shirts.
Ah, the ruffle skirt and baby-doll top. You know something? I’ve never liked that outfit. I know it kind of works, but if one has to wrap the ties around in front to get a middle waistline, then you’re trying to make that top be something its not. I only wore this, albeit, adorable top a couple of times before decided it really wasn’t my style. And it only went with one other skirt besides this floral ruffle skirt.
Are those flip flops? The horror! I do love flip flops, don’t get me wrong, but flip flops in an outfit shoot?!? Charlotte was right to make a big deal about me wearing those grey wedge flip flops for that photo shoot. She hated them. And now, so do I. I’m happy to say that they were thrown away a long time ago.
The ruffle skirt was one of Charlotte’s cast-offs to make room for more vintage looking garments she was constantly whipping up. I was the clothing recycler extraordinaire, at that time, still am to some degree; but back then, the only filters I had were comfort, color, and length. If it worked in with all the other colors I had in my wardrobe, great! I’d wear it. I still am that way. And I need hardly question the length of the skirt, because we all shared the same modesty standards. The comfort level I used to have, though, has definitely changed. I used to think that non-elastic waist bands were suffocating, fussy, and made me very unhappy. After slowly realizing that non-elastic waistbands help you maintain an even weight, are not in the least bit suffocating, and actually do a lot to flatter your figure, I was all for them! I only have two skirts left in my closet that have elastic waists, and I don’t wear them.
This is probably my favorite old outfit. It is super cute, vibrant, and has a touch of coziness to it. Here’s what I find wrong with it now-a-days: The sweater is too long for the jacket. The hem of my skirt was not hemmed, but surged (how embarrassing!), it also has an elastic waist, and I don’t much like wearing cowgirl boots anymore. That ship has sailed. And instead of wearing just leggings, I should be wearing some knee length socks. That jacket though… um! I do so love that denim jacket, despite its modern cut. It is the one denim jacket that I searched long years for, and am not about ready to give it up. Two things that I wouldn’t change about this outfit are the scarf and ear warmers.
Well, I hope you have enjoyed this little trip down memory lane. I am curious to see what you all think about these outfits. It has been so long, and so many things have happened since 2013, that its no wonder to me that my style has changed so much. I am so thankful to my sisters for encouraging me to pick up sewing, and to learn how to make my own clothes. To this day, I am still working on finessing my wardrobe, but at least its to that point, instead of not caring at all. Just goes to show you that personal preferences will change, no matter how much you think you like something presently. What will I be wearing three years hence, I wonder? 😉
What do you think of my outfits?
Has your personal style changed as much as mine has in the last three years?
Where do you see your style moving towards?
Jessica, the Eldest Sister