My Style Evolution Part 1: 2010 – 2015

Is it hard to believe that 2020 is coming soon? Well, I am just as shocked as you are because truth is, I felt like I really came of age at the start of this decade. In all honesty, I had to say that my style changed just as our society has changed. On top of that, I also felt like the style phases I went through from high school to now had one contributor: social media.

At the start of the 2010s, I was active on Tumblr, where I fished for style inspiration. My style icon at that time was Courtney Love, whose vintage babydoll dresses, Mary-Jane shoes and tights were my jam. I wanted to imitate the grunge look so badly, but I always had to play it safe. Also, I was constantly on Polyvore, a site where aspiring stylists like myself created outfit collages on what we wanted to wear in real life. Though I kept my online life a major secret and favored my anonymity at 17, I guess that being behind a screen helped me become more confident online as I was a shy kid in high school. Heck, I was even a FAILED fashion blogger with such a super basic name: The Fashionphiliac. (cue eye roll)

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#HERSSENTIALS: The Reversible Bomber Jacket

Winter is ready to be on its last legs, but the transition between the cold chill and the spring breeze isn’t the easiest task to master. Transitional weather fashion is still kinda tricky for me as I grew up in Singapore; however, you can absolutely cop a new closet staple: the reversible bomber jacket.

Based on my obsession for outerwear, my #1 go-to piece is a neb-vintage ’00s Ed Hardy army green nylon bomber jacket.

Vintage velvet hat | Uniqlo turtleneck and bomber | Vintage ’90s camisole | RE/DONE jeans | Pop & Suki bag | Karen Walker sunglasses | Miista shoes

Last year, I bought this ‘lil beauty at The Corner Store, an L.A.-based vintage store. It had a studio space where customers could try on the clothes. While the shop had a huge Instagram presence, this jacket was never on the ‘gram. It was in a rack, ready to be taken home by a new owner. At that time, I was looking for a nice transitional jacket as L.A. had nice warm weather and the East Coast (FYI: I was visiting a family friend in Boston and we were also going to NYC on a fun day trip that weekend) was beyond frigidly cold. Not only was it chic, it kept me crazy warm!

Now, I proudly wear this treasure with pride. While bombers out in today’s market are only meant to show the outer shell, let’s not overlook the inner shell.

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Vintage beret | Uniqlo turtleneck | Vintage Motley Crue shirt | Pop & Suki bag | Vivenne Westwood ring | Vintage tattoo and peace rings | Custom made Bombe Clothing pants | Miista shoes

Normally, I won’t rock my bomber by showing the inner shell; however, it surprisingly works well! If your bomber jacket has a unique design on the inside, you might as well show it off.

See? Look at what the late Christian Audigier did here. Although Mr. Audigier may no longer be on this Earth, his design genius kinda proved that everyone needed to/at least needs to get a fun bomber jacket.

Trust me, your Mondays ain’t gonna be mundane after all!

All photos by Hallie Geller