After struggling with transitioning my hair to natural for a couple of years, I finally decided to take the plunge and do “the big chop” this past March. It wasn’t as dramatic of an experience as I thought it would be but it was one of the best decisions I ever made. Most mornings I spend a max of 5 mins on my hair and have more time to prepare for the rest of the day. With this being my new routine, I can’t believe I’ve waited so long to do this! Natural is definitely better 🙂
Though it’s been interesting learning my hair texture and what products work for me, it’s also been a great opportunity to experiment with my new look style-wise. With straight hair, I was used to being able to wear pretty much any style because it was so versatile. On any given day, I loved to dress according to my mood (hence #inafashionmood lol) and be edgy, sexy, boyish or even girly and style my hair and makeup based on the look I was trying to achieve. There’s not much I can do to my hair on a day to day basis to switch up my look and I’m fine with that. Eventually when my hair grows longer I will be able to play around with different hairstyles, which will also be an exciting change. But for now, I am sticking with my baby fro and the different clothing and accessories I’ve found go best with this look on me.
The first must have item with my new haircut is earrings. I’ve always been a huge fan of minimal gold hoop earrings for their subtle femininity and timelessness. Now, I’ve found myself buying more statement earrings and hoops in all different styles. I feel they compliment my face and balance out my lack of hair length.
By experimenting with my current wardrobe and a few new pieces, I’ve found that deep v-necks and even low scoop necklines look the best on me right now. Tops and blouses that shows a little more chest as opposed covering the neck area provides more of the feminine look I’m going for. It draws the attention to my upper figure and collarbone instead of closing me up and making my head/face the focal point. This was probably the biggest difference I noticed when I started to style myself with my new haircut. I didn’t enjoy the way mock necks or turtlenecks looked on me and felt that I was giving older woman vibes. Not that there is anything wrong with aging, but I still want to have a youthful feel to my outfits since I’m only 25.
Luckily for me, ruffles on tops and dresses are very on trend these days – and I’ve been obsessed. Again, I love that they are so feminine and playful. Puffy and statement sleeves are also a similar style feature that I’m loving lately. I’m really trying to stay away from anything that is too boyish or covered. This may be more of a challenge during the winter months when all I will want to thrown on is a chunky sweater and scarf. But that’s a bridge I will cross when I get there.
SANDALS & HEELS:
Though I’ve started to get more into sneakers over the past couple of years, I’ve found that they’re no longer my go to shoes with this new look. Don’t get me wrong, I still throw on my Adidas and Nikes on the weekends when I’m being low key. However, I’d rather reach for a pair of small block sandals or heels that accentuate and lean out my legs. Even with outfits like the one in this post. I could easily wear the same outfit with a pair of chunky sneakers to match the track shorts but I’d rather keep the somewhat sporty look on the feminine side with a pair of white sandals. Once the fall/winter comes, I’ll likely transition to pumps and knee high boots.
Leave me a comment and let me know if you’ve ever changed your personal style because of a new haircut or color.
Check out the items in the shopping links below if you’re inspired.