Enduring

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Dress: Oak + Fort (similar here and here); Coat: Dawn Levy Design (similar here and here); Boots: Vagabond (similar here and here)

Over the past few years, I’ve gone through the journey of finding my personal style. Like most people, this journey has involved exploring several style identities before discovering mine, which I best like to describe as minimal with a luxe touch. While I’m first to admit that I have by no means reached style nirvana, I’m at a comfortable place and can easily walk into a store and identify which pieces fit and don’t fit my aesthetic. This means I generally stay away from high street shops like Forever 21 and Zara where it’s easy to fall into the abyss of trendy, of-the-moment pieces. I instead choose to invest in high-quality, seasonless pieces that stand the test of time.

Since my mom has been in town, I’ve find myself debating with her over which camp is better, having a trend-heavy wardrobe, or a downsized wardrobe comprised of great pieces. I’m of course a strong advocate of the latter, but I’d love to hear from you guys, which camp do you fall into?

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  1. May 13, 2016 / 12:14 pm

    Love this long great coat! I’m totally the same way and really stick to buying good basics and investing in those pieces that will last me year to year!

    http://www.rosyoutlookblog.com

  2. May 13, 2016 / 2:37 pm

    I don’t like following trends, personally I like the minimalist look. There’s something classic I adore about it. It’s the high-quality pieces that count. Love the outfit! The coat is beautiful <3

    xx Bash |   go say   H E Y   B A S H

  3. May 13, 2016 / 2:43 pm

    Love the outfit! The coat is just gorgeous.
    Kisses, Rays

  4. May 13, 2016 / 4:00 pm

    Always love a grey a grey look. So classy. You pulled it really well!

  5. Yousra
    May 13, 2016 / 7:37 pm

    I love your style, it’s minimal and comfortable too!

    Yousra | Mystic Tales

  6. May 14, 2016 / 8:05 am

    I like the grey on grey! 🙂

    I don’t really fall into wither wardrobe option – mine is overflowing, but I don’t jump on every trend and tend to go for more classic pieces…so it’s kind of a mix of both options! I’m constantly trying to downsize though, to create something more workable.

  7. May 14, 2016 / 2:28 pm

    Love that coat! This is such a stylish and comfortable look! I have a more trend heavy wardrobe as I am always drawn to unique and frilly pieces. Most of my family (both young and old) though are the opposite.
    ~Lili
    http://www.thefashionsalt.com

  8. May 14, 2016 / 2:40 pm

    Love this look. It really looks incredible.
    Happy weekend!

    fashionradi.blogspot.com

  9. May 14, 2016 / 4:34 pm

    I’m with you on that, ever since our move to NYC, I’ve been desperately downsizing my closet which means Zara diet and investing in high quality pieces I keep wearing over and over again. it’s always hard to not fall into trends trap tho. love this look btw, gorg as always

    xx Melis
    http://fashionmews.com

  10. May 15, 2016 / 8:25 am

    I would say the best is to have a balanced between trendy/seasonal and classic/long-lasting pieces.

    LUXESSED

  11. Leftbankgirl
    May 15, 2016 / 11:35 am

    Gorgeous color on you! You look elegant and cool, the coat is an amazing find. Love your style!

    http://Leftbankgirl.blogspot.com

  12. May 15, 2016 / 1:42 pm

    I love this gorgeous long coat and the simple dress. I think I am in a bit of both camps! I like to invest in a few high quality timeless pieces, but my wardrobe is definitely NOT downsized as I complement the quality pieces with new trends and I am hopeless at throwing things out!! 🙂

  13. May 15, 2016 / 3:52 pm

    OMG totally going thorough the same journey right now!

    With the blogging world booming and trends so easily accessible, it’s hard to distinguish what it is that you actually like or what’s just been pushed down your throat (social media and such) so much that you think you like.

    At the moment I think I’ve arrived at a place where I can identify my personal style as well but definitely need to work on down-sizing my wardrobe and sticking to more timeless pieces.

    Amazing look btw!

    xx,
    Chels
    Style | Travels
    http://www.chelseaasoflate.com

  14. May 15, 2016 / 7:58 pm

    Although I shop at high street stores, I try to choose classic and timeless pieces that will serve me well over the years.

    http://www.mydailywear.co.uk

  15. Kimberly Myers
    May 16, 2016 / 3:12 am

    very nice. Grey are my favorite nowadays 😀
    you look so gorgeous with that ensemble.. have a great day ahead!

  16. May 16, 2016 / 6:10 am

    The coat is good.

  17. Prudence
    May 16, 2016 / 9:09 am

    I love trendy pieces that appeal to my aesthetics but as I grow older, I do find myself gravitating towards more classic pieces! You look great btw!

    Prudence
    http://www.prudencepetitestyle.com

  18. May 16, 2016 / 1:13 pm

    Love Love your grey coat!
    -Kyanna
    kyannajames.com/?p=609

  19. May 16, 2016 / 2:22 pm

    I love your style. I keep telling myself to do this too but get distracted by trends. I think you are right what you say about Zara, that store causes me to buy things that I would never think of if I hadn’t seen it there. Haha. I have tried out lots of different styles myself over the years and still do. Still yet to find a style I like and stick to it. Maybe this will come. Great inspo as always and have a great week. Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

  20. May 16, 2016 / 3:28 pm

    Love this look! The coat is amazing! I am in a bit of both camps! I like to invest in high quality timeless pieces but sometimes I buy new trends. I love to play with fashion, so I change a lot I don’t have a unique style 🙂
    I wish you an amazing week!
    XO Erica
    http://www.ericavoyage.com

  21. May 16, 2016 / 9:42 pm

    You look so beautiful in this all grey ensemble, Siffat! The coat looks so cozy and stylish, I love it layered over that pretty dress! My overall taste is eclectic in anything and everything. I like all kinds of food, decor and style. I find what I love from each style or vibe and I try to make it my own. Thanks so much for sharing and I hope you’re having a great start to your week so far!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    http://www.thestylecontour.com

  22. May 17, 2016 / 12:53 am

    You always look fantastic! And honestly, I love a mix of both trendy and classic pieces. For me, I’d probably prefer a 70/30 (classic/trendy) split.

  23. May 17, 2016 / 2:55 am

    I think mostly classic timeless pieces, but occasionally dabbling in the trends is fun too. But definitely no to the cheap poor quality clothes people buy over the internet from overseas companies that copy trends. I’m not looking for something I can wear only once or twice.

    xx Yasmin
    http://banglesandbungalows.com