Fall OUTFITS Self-Care

Dressing for yourself

transition from summer to fall cute outfit idea with peep toe booties and versatile burgundy blouse

transitional outfit featuring peep toe booties and distressed jeans

close up shot of burgundy twist front blouse and baublebar earrings

brighton the day styling twist front blouse with distressed jeans and peep toe booties

transitional summer to fall cute outfit idea with burgundy blouse, distressed denim and peep toe booties

fall transitional outfit with burgundy blouse and peep toe booties

Have y’all ever heard the term “girl hot” or “guy hot?” The sayings imply that you’re wearing something that females might like better (usually more trendy items) vs. what a man would be into (maybe a dress or something natural like jeans + sneakers? I actually don’t even know). I recently heard someone refer to “girl hot” for the first time and stopped to think about how I dress.

As a blogger who runs a business on fashion and what I’m wearing, I spend a lot of time thinking about outfits, but I haven’t taken much time to stop and think about who I’m dressing for. I guess often times it’s for readers/followers or what I think will have a good reaction – and I’m constantly trying to showcase pieces y’all might like or sharing how to put certain items together. But I realized it’s fairly rare that I’m dressing for just MYSELF. Simply looking at my closet and asking, “What will make me feel good today?” without any outside influences lingering in the back of my head.

And I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve dressed up for a man before—or even other women (that’s sometimes even more motivating), because I think it’s necessary at times—but never more important than what makes YOU feel good.

This outfit right here is exactly that – what I feel my best in. And it’s not the cutest thing I’ve ever worn and maybe you won’t get inspiration to run to your closet and mimic this look, and that’s OK. It’s crucial to do things for yourself EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. and today, I’m dressing for myself. It’s amazing what a little thought like that can do for you, too – like this outfit makes me feel empowered and damn good! Maybe that sounds dramatic, but it’s the truth.

Jeans, a cute and comfy shirt, a little heel, and my hair done is my happy place (yes, doing my hair makes me feel that much better). It’s definitely a more casual outfit, but my hair + comfortable cute heels makes me feel put together and most like myself.

And again, even though this isn’t the most Pinterest-worthy outfit ever, I hope this post gives you a push to think about what in your closet makes YOU feel great.

I’m curious, do y’all dress with someone in mind every day? Is it yourself? I’d love to hear what you feel your best in!

P.S. At first I thought I’d pick my pajamas, but when I really sat back and thought about it, I do actually feel better a little spruced up.

Shop The Outfit:

Lush Twist Front Blouse // AG Distressed Jeans // Steve Madden Peep Toe Booties // Baublebar Bliss Earrings // Tory Burch ‘York’ Tote

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    Camille Jenkins
    August 18, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    I’ve actually never heard that saying before but, I love this post! So true. There are plenty of people (and bloggers) out there who will jump on the next trend, even if it’s ridiculous and not flattering, because they aren’t dressing for themselves. I think you bring up a very important point in our society!! Thanks for the inspo.


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    Davida Janae
    August 18, 2016 at 10:19 am

    That’s the one thing I love about your style though…you rock casual so well! Like “how can I be casual and cute like Brighton?” Keep it up girl!


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    August 18, 2016 at 8:04 am

    Great post! I laughed at the end when you said your first thought was wearing pj’s. :) Love the outfit, and the idea of dressing for yourself.

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    Amy Michelle
    August 17, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    I love this post, Brighton! You’re right, it’s so important to make sure you are making yourself happy as well! Also, been crushing on this top!



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    Rach Martin
    August 17, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    I’m with ya, girl – doing my hair makes me feel 10x better! I love wearing basics (jeans, a tee, etc.) paired with a heel. It’s fun, casual, and comfy.

    Rachel / http://www.seashellsandsparkles.com

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    Goldwill Digger
    August 17, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    This is so spot on! Depending on the day’s events, I dress to cater to the people involved or that I might encounter. It’s rarely ever for myself. I should be more realistic about dressing for myself!


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    Florentina Scusi
    August 17, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    Very nice ensemble!

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    August 17, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    LOVE this post and love the outfit too! You’re so right, every once in awhile we should dress just for ourselves. Great post!

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    Melissa Klusek
    August 17, 2016 at 10:08 am

    I love this outfit! And you’re so right. My favorites are ripped jeans and a flowy top! Unfortunately dress at work is business casual and that makes getting ready in the morning kind of a chore. Happier work clothes are on my list to get eventually!

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    August 17, 2016 at 8:51 am

    Yes, this is a “realistic”, casual and stylish outfit for every day, something that you would see me wear day after day. As much as I love to dress up and get all “dolled up” when going out over the weekend or to attend a special event, 80% of my time, I’m spending in casual and simple combos like this one. You’re looking gorgeous and I love that you’re so relatable. :)


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    August 17, 2016 at 8:43 am

    What a great transition look.



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