Believe it or not, this post on Lauren Conrad has been in the back of mind since the summer of 2011. I had just started watching the Hills on free-to-air television, and before I had even finished an episode, I determined I would no doubt become obsessed with it.
For those of you who are unfamiliar, the show focuses on a bunch of 20 somethings living in Los Angeles. They seemingly all work in the fashion and enterainment industry and are constantly eating out. Sushi, mexican, frozen yogurt – you name it and they’re eating it. They all live in apartments and seem to have rather large disposable incomes. Oh and they go out clubbing every night of the week. They were basically living what I considered the dream life at age 19. My new-found infatuation with the show subsequently led to me a late night trip to Kmart to pick up the entire series on DVD. Remember the days when we used to buy DVD’s? I miss those days.
The absolute highlight of the show for me was Lauren Conrad. Although it took me a long time to realise (and eventually come to terms with) that a lot of the show was fake, I thought she was a great friend nonetheless. She embodied so many characteristics that I admired. Lauren Conrad was loyal, very honest and able to be the bigger person when she needed to be. She demonstrated a strong work ethic at her internship at Teen Vogue and people’s Revolution but also knew when to have fun. All of that, and she had great style.
As the series evolved, so too did Lauren Conrad’s dress sensibility. When we first see her in Season 1, she’s looking a little worse for wear. Fresh from Laguna Beach, her hair is not quite the right shade of blonde, she’s wearing wayyy too much eyeliner and her go-to outfit is a long tank top over 3 quarter length jeans. It’s ok though, because it doesn’t take her long to figure it out and after a couple of seasons, you really start to see her style blossom.
She always knew how to dress appropriately for the occasion – from days in the office and helping out at runway shows, to cute lunch dates with the gals and of course, hitting the club. She had an effortless kind of style and youthful look that I obviously resonated with in my early 20’s. I basically wanted to be Lauren Conrad. In fact, I kind of still do.
Even though a lot of her outfits are very reminiscent of the late 2000s trends – bug eye sunglasses, head scarves, babydoll dresses – I personally believe that a vast majority of them are still relevant today. She’s got a kind of classic style that I just love.
And did I mention her hair? If you’re telling me you have never brought in a picture of Lauren Conrad to the hairdresser then you must be lying.
I’d love to hear your thoughts – are you a Lauren Conrad fan? I recently discovered a podcast that recaps every episode of Laguna Beach and The Hills. If you are a huge nostalgic like me, I highly recommend you give it a listen!