When I was a little girl, I loved all things stereotypically girly. Lace, chiffon, beads, dresses, long hair, jewelry, tights, satin– all of it (though I preferred green over pink)! I was constantly begging my mother to allow me to get my ears pierced, and I even started ballet so that I could wear a tutu. Yup, that was me.
I think all this “girliness” baffled my parents, neither of whom would have intentionally perpetuated that in me. Both of them were raised in post-war Taiwanese families, where they were taught to value intelligence over apparel, and character over beauty. Still, I was just about the girliest little girl in town. Any form of adornment that would make me look more like a Disney princess– I ate it up.
As I’ve grown, I’ve learned that there is so much more to beauty than a face, and so much more to being a woman than dressing up. While I still have my insecurities when it comes to makeup, I have learned to enjoy pretty things for what they are, no more and no less.
What I’m wearing: Ann Taylor blouse / Sisley skirt / Lace tights from Target
When I put this outfit together, I was reminded of who I was as a little girl. This is not an outfit I’d wear everyday, but perhaps to a special event in winter where I feel compelled to get a little more dressed up than usual.
Did you like “girly” things when you were younger? How have your tastes changed over time? I’d love to know!