Style

dressing for you body type vs. dressing for your style

November 16, 2017 • By

Vintage Jeans

Purple Mesh Vintage Jeans

Purple Mesh Vintage Mom Jeans

Turtle Neck Vintage Jeans

Mom Jeans

Purple Mesh

Turtle Neck Mom Jeans

Turtle Neck Vintage Mom Jeans

Purple Mesh Mom Jeans

Vintage Mom Jeans

ASOS turtleneck | Beehive bralette | Vintage jeans (similar) | Zara boots (similar) | Warby Parker glasses

Body positive: It’s a lot easier to say you are than actually be.

As a stylist for the everyday woman, I hear all sorts of small digs women make about themselves.

“These pants were so cute… and then I put them on.”
“This was too small (insert weight loss joke here).”
“I love horizontal stripes on other women but would NEVER wear them.”

And I get it. Insecurities are those little jabs we all give ourselves that stop us from making the sartorial choices we normally would.

I try wide leg pants once a year just to remember, oh yeah, these just do not work on me. And those girls who flit around the internet claiming slip dresses to be the most effortless of outfits? It’s never gonna happen for me! They hug my curves in all the wrong places and a bra-less me is just too risky a move.

And while those two styles (that I love on other people) will still forever be on my “do not fuck with” list, I’ve been wondering if I avoid them because of how I look in them, or because of how they make me feel.

As women, we’ve been instilled with the notion that dressing for your body type is top priority when picking what you wear. We grew up with shows like What Not to Wear that berated women who had any sort of creative style (didn’t you always hate the after?) and magazine articles on how to identify your body type and how to ABSOLUTELY AVOID styles that wouldn’t flatter aforementioned body type. Preference was secondary.

Don’t you think this mentality puts too much control in the hands of other people of how you look?

Fashion should be about what makes you feel confident, sexy, weird, unique, or whatever it is you feel like feeling. And that can mean dressing for your body type, but it certainly doesn’t have to.


Style

is new better?

November 11, 2017 • By

Urban Outfitters sweater | Vintage skirt | Cape Robbin mules | Tassel Earrings

It’s so easy to get stuck in the trap of new-ness. The online influencer culture and the sheer accessibility of being able to buy anything at any time put me in a constant state of wanting. God forbid, I’m greeted by a bare doorstep at the end of the day. Having a package delivered daily has become the new norm.

All too often, I go through my wardrobe and linger on that one piece I’ve tried on 10 times but never worn (I know we all have one). Every time, I’m like, damnit. Why did I buy this? What did I even see in it? I realize I’ve yet again fallen victim to thrill shopping. Buying it because it is new, not because it’s good.

Ya’ll know how it goes, right? You have to get something new to prove you’re a new person, because you certainly aren’t who you were before. I need a new rusty metallic sweater and then I’ll be ahead of the trend. Need a new pair of jeans because my old ones aren’t quite the right leg shape and don’t suit me anymore. I need a new planner to organize my new life because I am sure as hell not the same hot mess I was a day ago. I have new things, therefore I AM NEW.

It’s so silly. New isn’t always better. I am trying to break the cycle. Instead of buying more and more and more, I am challenging myself to get creative with the pieces I already have and love. Isn’t that the point of style anyway? It’s not what you wear but how you wear it. My *new* mantra!


How To, Style

in defense of: the slouch

November 7, 2017 • By

 

Free People sweater (similar) | One Teaspoon shorts | ASOS boots (similar) | Vintage bag (similar)

This is a classic Madison look. Like 100%. Oversized slouchy sweater, too-short shorts, platform boots, vintage bag. Me to a tee. You know, sometimes I don’t always feel the most stylishly creative or fashion-forward, but there’s no denying how good it feels to just feel like yourself. And I definitely felt like myself in this. Well, myself plus 4+ inches of height.

There’s something about slouched styles that gives you that instant cool-girl vibe. Effortless, undone. I’ve got a feeling that the slouch is making a comeback in full force. Slouchy boots, slouchy hats and beanies, slouchy sweaters. Nothing is off limits.

To pull off the slouchy sweater – remember a few things.

Oversized is the goal. Not “too big.”

A minute distinction but a distinction nonetheless. You don’t want to look like you’re falling out of your clothes, just that they’re oversized enough to be a bit off-kilter. Admittedly, the above sweater probably teeters on too big, but when you find a Free People sweater second hand for only a couple bucks, you roll with the punches.

Show a little skin.

I like to balance the frumpy-ness of the slouch with the sexiness of skin. That’s only fair, right? Sweaters and bare legs are akin to peanut butter and jelly. Made for each other.

Keep it simple.

This might just be a personal standard because I am no master when it comes to skillfully accessorizing, but since the slouch already takes a bit of finessing, I like to keep the rest of the look pretty pared down. If I am messing with a tucked sweater, fussy bag, too many necklaces, idk I get concerned that the outfit doesn’t look right if anything shifts. I know, I know, sounds like a personal problem. It is.


Bio, Style

having a dtr moment with my blog

November 4, 2017 • By

Vintage Floral Shirt

Floral Polyester Shirt

Fitted Floral Shirt

Vintage Polyester Shirt

Floral Vintage Shirt

Vintage Floral Denim

Moody Floral Shirt

Fitted Polyester Shirt

Vintage Outfit Denim

I do realize that despite having started this blog six months ago, I never introduced myself. I never said “I’m Madison, and my blog is about ________,” because I didn’t know and I still don’t know, really.

I knew it would take time to figure out a lot of this stuff, so I gave myself a grace period to find a rhythm, improve on photography, develop an editing style, find my voice, make mistakes and work on all those other behind the scenes factors that come into play. Now that it has been six months, I’ve been thinking more about what I want to get out of blogging. What I want to bring to the proverbial table. Basically, where is this all going? I’m having a DTR moment with my blog.

Who do I want to be online and what do I want to write about are two questions I’ve struggled with since the beginning. Though it always umbrella-ed under the impossibly large topic of style, it’s difficult to narrow down where on the many different spectrums I fall. The high-fashion to budget-friendly spectrum. The contemporary to vintage spectrum. The topical sartorial writer to light-hearted style blogger. Aspirational to realistic. The bounds of Googling I’ve done has told me that I need to pick one niche to be a successful blogger. But I feel like I am squarely in the middle of each. What do you call that? How do I become the link that connects them?

I know I can’t be the only one who can only afford designer pieces second-hand but still visits barneys.com daily. Or who lives for getting dressed up, but takes her pants off within 3 minutes of being home. And I’m surely not the only girl who can change the conversation from glittery socks and coated denim to social anxiety and gun control over the course of a meal.

I am, as we all are, two sides of a coin. And I, like most, do not fit neatly into a box.

Basically what I’m getting at is, this is Almost Madison. Emphasis on almost. When I came up with the name 7 years ago, I knew I wanted it to be about the evolution of my style, the uncertainty of my future (because I never know wtf I am doing), and just generally growing as a person. So that’s where this blog is going. I hope you enjoy it, and I hope you’ll stay along for the ride.

-Madison


Music

almost madison november playlist

November 2, 2017 • By

It’s a rarity to walk into our house and not hear music playing. If we’re at home and awake, there’s music playing. Sometimes in the background, while we cook or clean or work. Sometimes live, when the band comes over for practice or Rob is messing with the guitar in his studio. And my favorite – when we blast our new favorite song and dance in the living room after a bottle of wine. Falling in love with a new favorite song is such a treat.

It’s so silly that I’ve never talked about music here because it is such a big part of my life. So welcome to my monthly playlist! Just subscribe, and it will be automatically updated around the first of the month with my new and old favorites. I hope you love them as much as I do!