Tabatha Wharton



a year in the life of my evolving, offbeat aesthetic as i navigate being
a mid-30s-femme-grown-up-emo-punk-single-mom-graduate-student-non-profit-employee-fashionista.

most recent #wiwt


Thursdays are my breather days, to a point. I have one class, but aside from that I’m off the structured hook for school until Monday rolls around. Now, if I’m being completely honest, I should be spending every other waking second of my time researching my thesis and doing my class projects … but my brain gets so tired anymore (since dealing with my thyroid issues earlier this year) and let’s face it, I have some executive functioning issues.

So today was basic. Very little makeup, my favorite pair of jeans, and a plain white t-shirt. I am working on embracing that space between work-ready and just this side of pjs … maybe it’s because I was a tomboy in middle school, or that my first job was retail and our unofficial uniform was pretty much exactly what you see below … but simplicity is not something I usually easily grasp or embrace in my attire. I always feel like I could be trying harder, or doing more. And that’s a facet of this 365 project — learning to embrace those middle spaces as I sit squarely in my mid-thirties. I’m not a kid anymore, and while I don’t hate being perceived as younger than I am on the regular, I guess I wouldn’t mind being seen as a full-fledged adult more often. I don’t feel the drive to be as visible as I once did, as extreme as I once did, but I also want to retain my sense of style and make it work across all the different lives I lead. Maybe this is what comes from working so hard on myself these past few years … I want to be comfortable in this skin and not feel like every day is a performance of my worth and value through how I present myself to the world. I just want to be.

Purple bookbag for added emphasis … you can take the purple dye out of my hair, but you can’t take the purple out of this woman.

White slim fit t-shirt & deconstructed black jeans: Old Navy
Earrings: BRIM
Necklace: TJ Maxx
Sunglasses: Kate Spade
Black slip-on Converse Chuck Taylors: Nordstrom Rack
Purple bookbag: The North Face