How to get your own unique style – a style interview with Kristin

by Sylvia

How to get your own unique style | 40plusstyle.com

Creating a style that is uniquely your own is always a challenge. Kristin feels she has succeeded finding hers and in this stylish interview she explains how she accomplished this and how her hair plays a major role.

Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?

With age, the answer to this question gets longer and longer, so I will give you the stock answer that is on my freelance profile.

I’m a fashion blogger, a freelance writer, a former professional musician (saxophone), obsessive tennis player, U.S. Air Force Veteran, and hold a Master’s degree as a Nurse Practitioner. I have worked at everything from publicity to retail to healthcare to make ends meet, and have been fortunate enough to travel the globe. I am now based in the Scottish Highlands, owing to the fact that I met and married a Scotsman. Life is funny…

As a point of reference which age group do you belong to or perhaps you are willing to share your age?

I’m 41. I have no hang-ups about getting older. It is a probably eventuality for all of us.

Long lace dress | 40plusstyle.com

Can you tell us a bit more about your blog Highland Fashionista and why you created it?

Like most of the members of my immediate family, I am happiest when I am creating something. With fashion, you get that little buzz of creating something that is uniquely your own every time you put a look together. I wanted to share my passion and love for fashion with “regular” people just like me, while simultaneously indulging my need to create.

How would you describe your own style?

This is something I have always struggled with. For a long time, I sort of longed to have an archetype…I felt that I needed a “signature” style and that I was without style identity. Having the blog has really cured me of that. The best barometer of what your style really is is sometimes other people. I have had so many people telling me that something is “so you”, I now realize that I do indeed have my own style. It’s Kristin style. That’s not really a great description, is it? Lets call it sporty ecclectic with an edge. Is that pretentious?

jeans and peplum | 40plusstyle.com

What would you consider the most important components of your style?

I like to take something and mess up its hair a bit. Pairing something structured and prim with something casual. I like to keep a balance and add humour to a look; t-shirt and a floor-length lace skirt. A tux jacket with a pair of ripped-up jeans. You get the idea.

Where do you live and how does that influence your style?

Scotland. Wet, wet, wet. I pretty much avoid suede (although I did just buy a pair of over the knee boots). Looks that can be layered are key where I live, as on the West Coast of Scotland, the weather is pretty changeable.

denim skirt and leather jacket | 40plusstyle.com

Do you feel you have a signature style?

See above response.

You have fabulous grey hair and have clearly chosen to go natural. Can you tell us a bit more about that choice and why you chose not to dye your hair as so many of us do (including me)?

My choice to stop dyeing actually started out of a place of pure vanity, believe it or not. I saw supermodel Kristen McMenamy in the August 2011 vogue edition of the age issue, and she had this amazing, silver, long, stunning hair that was quite arresting. She is a few years older than I am, but I thought, now there’s is a way to really do something different. Basically, I did it because it would be uniquely my own, and I think it makes a statement about how you see yourself.

Jeans with white blouse | 40plusstyle.com

Do you see your hair as an important component of your style?

I suppose I do. Or at least I did when I started. Sometimes I forget it’s there, if that makes any sense. I’ll remember it when I am out and about and someone says something or I’m getting a curious look or something. I suppose for someone who has decided to make this type of hair statement, I should probably spend more time on styling, come to think of it…

What inspires your outfit choices the most?

How I am feeling on any given day is the thing that usually inspires me, although when I am travelling and have more limited choices, I tend to go for uncomplicated, simple things and just add one kind of “funky” element.

short jacket with statement necklace | 40plusstyle.com

Do you take things like color profiling or body type into account when you dress?

I used to think about these things more than I do now. Having the blog has really taught me not to limit myself in that way, and to try new things.

Has your style changed at all after turning 40?

If anything, I am more adventurous that I was at 20. That comes with age I suppose. I’ve kind of stopped caring what others think when I turn up in a pair of spiky heels, a fringed jacket, and a neon top.

bright yellow and jeans | 40plusstyle.com

Do you believe in dressing ‘age appropriately’ and what does it mean to you?

Age appropriate is less important than personality or occasion appropriate. The answer, in my opinion, is to really know yourself. The rest will fall into place.

Would you say that at this stage of your life you are now more, or less interested in fashion, style and the way you look?

I suppose I am as interested in how I look as I have ever been, but there is a shift away from dressing to look like the group and towards dressing to look like me. And I am definitely more interested in fashion; the history of it, what makes a well-constructed garment, past precedents and future directions…I love it all. I get a real kick out of a lot of the freelance fashion writing I do, I learn so much from it and it is an endless source of inspiration.

Why is the way you look important to you?

The way you look is how you present yourself to the world. It is, in essence, your way of declaring how you feel about yourself and
those around you.

Which of the outfits on your blog are personal favorites and why?

That changes with the winds of time, but I really love my leopard Thakoon coat. I also once did a post that was inspired by my orchid flowers that I grow, and I had a ton of fun putting together looks based on these flowers.

leopard Thakoon coat | 40plusstyle.com

Do you follow trends? And if yes, which trends excite you at the moment?

I do follow fashion trends. I don’t always try every single one of them, but I like to know what is current and think of ways of incorporating it into my wardrobe if I like it. It’s fun. Gives you something new to look forward to.

Do you have any fashion and style tips for women over 40?

Don’t dismiss anything out of hand. Try it, all of it. Concentrate on being the healthiest, happiest version of yourself you can be, and let it flow.

chic and casual | 40plusstyle.com

What are your plans for your blog and how do you see it develop over the coming years?

To be honest, I take a very laid-back approach to my blog. It is rally important to me that I keep my writer’s voice and the blog’s identity intact, so I have a very slow and careful approach to the content as to not get saturated with advertising, giveaways, etc. I love to write, so even though it is a fashion blog, I really enjoy providing that content, however brief.

Anything further you would like to add?

Nope :). I think I’m all out of ammo….

casual chic | 40plusstyle.com

For more inspiration and Kristin’s fabulous writing check out her blog Highland Fashionista!

How do you make your style unique? Which of Kristin’s outfits is your favorite?

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Ashley

I recently discovered Kristin and her blog and really enjoy her unique style. She’s classic with edge. Thanks for interview so we can get to know her better!

Ann

I appreciate the thought and care in choices of each item. All the parts are so pleasing to my eye yet playful. She makes striking picks in design and I adore her shoes. Fun to learn more about Kristen.

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Patti @ NotDeadYet Style

I love Kristin’s blog, her style and her gorgeous silver hair. Great interview, Sylvia.

Lorraine

I haven’t been following Highland Fashionista for very long but I already love it and I was very pleased to see her featured here. Kristin has a great writing style and her sense of humour shines through. She always makes me laugh! I particularly enjoy hearing about her thrifting adventures with her family. For those of you who are not familiar with Kristin’s blog, her mother is 70 and looks AMAZING!!! She should be featured here without a doubt…..
PS I like seeing the fabulous scenery in the background of her photos too.

Highland Fashionista

Thanks everyone, for the lovely comments! What started as a hobby has turned out to be so much more thanks to all of you 🙂

Kristin

Greetje

I like all her styles. It is like meeting a kindred soul. As soon as I saw the silver shoes I knew. LOL. Love the first outfit and the one with the leopard coat and lime top. Those could have been me. But twenty years further down the road haha.
I know Scotland and I know it is wet wet wet. Kudos for her with breezy tops. Fabulous shoes too.
I am a fan.
Greetje

Lisa

Kristin has such great joie de vivre, and sense of humor. It comes through in her style and in her writing. You just think, wow, I bet she’d be fun. Plus she’s gorgeous!

Debra@AModernTranslation

Great interview. I love the looks chosen for this post but I have to say that my favorite looks are your casual jeans looks. I love the peplum top over the short sleeved white shirt. I can’t wait to visit your blog. Have a great weekend.

Sherry Edwards

All her outfits look amazing. My most favourite one is the grey jacket and shoes with blue skirt and I also adore the animal print jacket with short sleeves with the long gloves. How neat is that??? I must try. Also, those shoes tie the look together. I guess I would use scarves to make my outfits unique

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