I had a fun afternoon hanging out with my friend, Jessica Stamm and chatting about style. I hope that this is the beginning of a fun series, because I really enjoyed putting this together. I’ve been thinking about how to include elements of style more into my blog. You know I love clothes and style, but I’m in a funny stage right now of figuring out my style now as a mother and filling up my closet with t-shirts instead of blouses. It was so fun to talk with Jess, who is just a little ahead of me on that road. I was nodding my head to everything she was saying. I think you’ll enjoy hearing about her style journey and take on style as a mother.
I met Jess when we moved here to St. Louis, she works at The Journey where we attend church. I don’t think I ever told her this, but I knew we’d be friends purely based on her style. More than her style, Jess has such a gentle heart and is incredibly sweet and kind. Since meeting her we’ve had a few nights of drinking wine and chatting and she has become a dear friend.
Jess is the mama to the cutest little boy, Shiloh. He’s close in age to Ruby, so they have had many playdates. He says her name now and it just melts my heart. They’re in the same class at church and he will say, “Ruby, from church, from class”. Her husband is Jon Stamm, funny guy over at Vat19 and now his own Youtube channel.
jess’ style journey
Similar to me, Jess was also a teacher. She talked about having to wear a uniform of khakis and a red polo, can you imagine? And by the weekend came around she was just looking forward to wearing jeans.
Then working at a public school, which was definitely an improvement, but still restricted in terms of personal style. After leaving the teaching world to work at The Journey and then becoming a mama she feels like she’s settling into a style that she loves. Jess talked about how she’s starting to feel comfortable in her own skin. Now, not having to put her resources into “work” clothes, Jess has found a wardrobe that feels like her.
i think as i’ve become a mother and turned 30 and grown up a little bit that i’ve been confident in settling into who i am and what my style is and not trying to compare myself to others or what i’m seeing in stores or online
So, here it is guys, if you know Jess, I know you probably want all of her style secrets too. So, here it is, all the question i’ve ever wanted to ask jess about style.
What would you call your style?
minimalist, neutral colors, maybe modern. some elements trendy, but not going for trends
How has motherhood changed your style
I look for comfort and ease, things that are easy to put together
On capsule wardrobes,
Do you have a color theme?
neutral colors, terra cotta, rust, black, white, grey, any shade of blue (navy, lighter blue) hunter green.
anything that wasn’t in that set of colors i gave myself the freedom to get rid of it and say i don’t like that.
i love the idea, and have one in some sense, but not a strict sense. i’ve been trying to focus on less pieces, higher quality, which is funny that i’m wearing forever 21 and target and settling into know what i like.
On participating in trends,
When i see something trendy that doesn’t seem like a huge departure from my style, like overalls. They’re kind of trendy, but fit in with my basic neutral, comfortable. It didn’t feel like a trend but a fun extension of my style.
i’ve always loved clothes and shopping, and it used to be more of buying whatever because it was on sale or because i was shopping. but now i will think more
What were your favorite purchases this year?
faux leather jacket, cream chunky long cardigan, terracotta color blouse
What’s the checklist that you go through before getting new clothes?
color, comfort, material, easy to wash and wear, leaning towards things that are better quality or sustainably made (that’s ‘a goal, a plus) is it something that’s going to fill a hole in my wardrobe in the capsule wardrobe, is it a missing piece for me or an extra. If it’s another chunky cream cardigan or do i need this?
Ruby started to get restless at this point in the conversation, so we went on a walk. I had quite a few more questions to ask Jess, so we may just have to do another one of these! We started to talk more about style influences and such on our walk. I’ll just make sure to have another chat with her soon and write it all down so that I can fill you in. 🙂
I gathered some cute photos of Jess from her Instagram feed to share with you more of her great style.
Thanks so much, Jess. This was so much fun!