Fancy Pants

Just recently I decided that I needed to be more fancy. Not SUPER fancy, mind you. Just fanciER. But how exactly does one become fancier? Oh my. I’m going to need to come up with another word for fancy. Otherwise this is going to start sounding really weird in my head. Fancy. Sophisticated? Sure.

A few weekends ago, the fabulous Amber came down to Nashville to visit me! One of the MANY things that I admire about Amber is that she is always so nicely put together. She always makes sure that her hair and makeup look nice before she leaves the house and she always looks super cute. And then there’s me. I almost never put on makeup, I’m not sure where my hairbrush is and most days I just wear a pair of jeans and a t-shirt. This is not to say that one way is right and the other way is wrong. For what I do every day, jeans and a plain shirt is just fine. If I worked in an office or a place that had a dress code, I’d probably dress better. But for the lab? Well, people wear sweatpants in here. So I’m not exactly under- or overdressed here.

But lately I’ve been reading a lot of design blogs and I’ve realized that I would like for someone to be able to look at me and think that I have style. I want to be one of those put together people. I want to be able to put together an outfit that says to the world: Look at me, not because I have toilet paper hanging out of my pants, but because I am cool and confident and I have my shizz together.

So how does one go about becoming a fancy, sophisticated adult? I have no idea, really. But that doesn’t mean I’m not going to try. My first move? Project Apartment: Add some style. I’m getting closer to what I want with my apartment. It doesn’t help that I like things that are too expensive for my budget, but I’m finally finding some stuff that spruces up the place. The only thing I really have left to do with the apartment is to figure out what to hang on the walls.

I’ve been looking for ideas about neat things to do and I finally decided that it would just be best to go the safe way and do pictures. But I want to put up fun pictures in a funky design. Has anyone ever seen a wall full of pictures put up in a neat way? I have a lot of wall space in my bedroom that needs filling. I figure I’ll just end up putting pictures there too. I wanted wall art, but I’ve never found anything that I REALLY loved.

I’m also working on making my self fancier, not just my surroundings. I figure my biggest obstacle is my morning prep time. I kind of pride myself on being able to wake up at 8:40 and be at work at 9:00. But if I want to be sophisticated, I’m going to need to wake up early enough to make sure I’m picking out an outfit instead of jeans and a tee. Another obstacle is actually picking out the outfits. I watch shows like What Not to Wear and I see people wearing clothes I really like, but when it comes to picking things out for myself, I’m not the greatest. I need to learn how to spot items in the store and incorporate them into my wardrobe.

So I have some questions! What kinds of pieces do you guys feel are a must for stylish outfits? (belt, scarf, earrings, whatever) Also, do you get inspiration for the kinds of outfits you want to put together or do you just know what looks good together instinctively? Can style be taught? Are there any good books out there that you would recommend for someone like me who was hoping to improve upon their style? And also, do you have any ideas for my blank walls!?

<3s forever, Lindsay


6 Responses to “Fancy Pants”

  1. 1 ngtjill August 2, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    Hooray, a post from Fancy Lindsay!

    In answer to your questions–
    I ALWAYS wear earrings. I seem to forget belts, and don’t really do the fancy scarves as accessories thing even though I love them, but if I’m not wearing earrings, I feel naked.
    I’m sure style can be taught & picked up from shows or books. The first book that came to mind was Style by Lauren Conrad. Seriously. I checked it out once to see what it was like since my teens love her fiction books, and I LOVED it. It tells you a lot of stuff – the essential items for your wardrobe, makeup tips, packing advice, etc. I kind of want a copy to own.

    Also, I love your idea for wall art. I have a lot of blank walls in my apartment too, and I know what you mean about hanging pictures. I know someone who punched out a ton of butterflies with a diecut machine & taped them to her wall. They look FABULOUS.

  2. 2 ngtlindsay August 3, 2011 at 12:17 am

    Ooooh! I will most definitely check out LC’s book. And as for the butterflies! I totally want to do something like that, but I don’t want it to be too girly b/c of Andrew. Maybe I can do fish punchouts?

  3. 3 ngtjennifer August 4, 2011 at 7:55 am

    Well, I don’t really have any advice, because my current style situation is much like yours ๐Ÿ™‚

    As for apartment stuff, I always love black and white pictures….they are very classy. I also enjoy the floating picture frames that are clear glass, or pictures that are printed out on canvas (I think you can do that at like Kinkos for pretty cheap). I have none of these in my apartment, since my walls are covered in movie posters, but if I ever move into my own place, I will probably do the picture thing.

  4. 4 Amber August 11, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    oh gosh, the only reason I wear makeup EVERY moment is because I don’t have your fabulous complexion! And funny that you say you don’t know how to dress because you sure had on some super cute outfits while I was there ๐Ÿ™‚

    But as for style inspiration, I really just like to look at catalogs and lots of fashion magazines. LOTS. and I can’t afford a stitch in them. My coworker really likes the What She Wore blog —really cute, and she uses basic items in cool ways.

    As for wall stuff–Martha Stewart’s Craft Encyclopedia book has some really cute picture/wall type things in it that I always think “wow that doesn’t look too hard, but looks totally chic.” I am also way into the idea of framing bookcovers right now. I’m going to buy some facsimiles from:

  5. 5 Amber August 11, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    Correction: the blog is “What I Wore”

  6. 6 ngtjennifer August 15, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Oh Amber, I have always wanted to frame the covers from my favorite picture books!!! But the old school Agatha Christie one is cool too.

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