And maybe a little distressed.
I always joke that I have two sides to my style: there’s one part of me that loves the urban edgy street style looks and another part that adores everything beachy and boho. My Instagram showcases a mix of the two, but this look definitely adheres to the urban chic street style category.
Fun fact: I went through this really “edgy” phase in high school, where I really wanted to emulate Jenny Humphrey’s seriously drastic vibe, and this outfit reminds me of it…even though she probably would’ve added knee high boots and ripped up jeans to spice it up the urban chic even more. By the way, you could totally do that! In fact, I might even take my own advice here. To say that I looked a bit “extra” walking down Abbot Kinney in metallic heels and a ripped-up tee with a bunch of layered jewelry (of course), is an understatement. However, I’m not even sure “extra” exists in LA considering everyone is pretty much on the same page when it comes to owning your personal style.
That’s probably what I love most about it here. I definitely don’t think this is the craziest outfit by any means, but I do have my days where I choose to wear a bandana scarf as a top, and it feels a little risky. I used to be terrified to experiment like that, but I had this really cool moment the other day outside a café on Larchmont that made me realize why I really do appreciate living in this city.
A super tall, thin girl stepped out of her uber with friends, and she was definitely wearing a very punk rock, edgy outfit. Talk about urban chic. Two men were on a date next to me, and one of them says, “Wow. Dressed up for a Sunday, huh.” And the other responded, “People are who they are.” Then it just clicked. There will always be people like the first guy, who want to judge you for putting yourself out there, call you weird, make you feel like you’re “too much.” And then there will always be people like the second guy, who want to accept you, support you and stick up for you. People are who they are. That’s it. It was that simple, and here I was thinking this guy had just solved the mystery of life. As David Foster Wallace once pointed out, the most obvious realities are often the hardest to see or talk about. As tough as LA can be at times, I think it has taught me not to be afraid to throw myself out there, despite what opinions may be lurking around me. This girl was just going about her day in an outfit that felt comfortable and natural to her. She is who she is. You find the people who truly understand that, and you find your people.