My Life, Styled :: Modern & Feminine

pattern on pattern styled by Jen Pinkston | photos by Mary Costa for Camille Styles

Did anyone watch the VMAs this weekend? Even more than scoping out the red carpet looks, I love to see what the artists wear to perform. I loved the whole concept of Katy Perry in the boxing ring and her back up dancers in stylized sweatshirts and sweatpants, complete with faux sweat, of course. And I thought Justin’s black and white look was so effortlessly cool and loved the way each of the N’SYNC band mates had different versions of the same black and white shirt concept — and let’s be honest, that little performance just made all of my teenage dreams come true again!

pattern on pattern styled by Jen Pinkston | photos by Mary Costa for Camille Styles

I have so much respect for the costume designers and stylists that work with these artists to essentially create these amazing pieces of performance art. Maybe not to the same conspicuous extent, but every person’s individual style does the same job of telling a story — a crisp collar tucked into a perfectly fitted pencil skirt says “I mean business,” while a sheer cotton maxi dress might say “Don’t bother me, I’m on vacation.”  I wore this mix of patterns and colors to visit the Getty Museum, just to push my own more minimalist tendencies.

pattern on pattern styled by Jen Pinkston | photos by Mary Costa for Camille Styles

pattern on pattern styled by Jen Pinkston | photos by Mary Costa for Camille Styles

My favorite thing about the Getty is that the museum itself is as much a work of art as the masterpieces that it houses.  There are so many strong lines and textures at play, as well as the softness of all of the lush plants and flowers that are speckled throughout. This look is similar in the sense that it has a lot of straight lines and metal hardware mixed with the softness of the floral patterns and ruffled peplum.

pattern on pattern styled by Jen Pinkston | photos by Mary Costa for Camille Styles

If style is art, then there are no hard and fast rules. It’s okay to push your own comfort level every once in awhile and try something new. How else would our personal style continue to evolve?

pattern on pattern styled by Jen Pinkston | photos by Mary Costa for Camille Styles

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12 Responses to “My Life, Styled :: Modern & Feminine”

  1. Marie

    I love how you define style, as telling a story. I’m the least stylish person in the world, so that’s a reframe that I might be able to get on board with :) Also, big props on talking about the VMAs without mentioning The Incident!

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  2. Ivana @ Macarons and Pearls

    I love your style philosophy, Jen! My style tends to reflect my mood, but I always make an extra effort on those “blah” days (I don’t want to look blah, in addition to feeling blah, if that makes any sense :) Anyways, I really love this ensemble: I tend to play it safe when it comes to prints, but I think I’m ready to push myself out of the style box, and experiment a little bit. I love that your outfit is edgy, but not over the top. A great source of inspiration!

    xx Ivana
    Macarons and Pearls

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  3. Anouk

    This is an outfit that on paper, should work, but doesn’t in person. The patterns look great together and the silhouette is flattering and modern. But I think all that floral with a peplum, makes the whole outfit look dated.

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  4. Erin

    If style is art there are no rules- love that!

    xx Erin

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  5. that'd be perfect

    gorgeous–i completely agree, you must try something new in order to evolve in fashion!

    tara :: that’d be perfect

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  6. Katie

    I love that outfit so much! Those shoes definitley complete it! I have similar ones in brown now i need that shirt!

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