Ask any woman and she will tell you that there are some trends that she absolutely loves on other women but is not entirely sure that she could actually pull it off herself. From rainbow hair to daring cutouts, we find millions of excuses to keep us from straying outside our comfort zones. It’s always, “That looks so awesome, but I’m too _______ (insert your favorite self-critical adjective here) to wear something like that”.
What’s stopping you? Did some mean ol’ magazine tell you no? Did some expert on TV tell you that women of a certain size, shape, or age probably shouldn’t do the thing that you’re thinking about doing? Who cares? This is the game of Life, not Operation – no one is going to die if you follow your own path and make the occasional mistake (insert some tired old yearbook quote about missing the shots not taken here or shooting for the moon because yay stars or whatever here). There are few things in this world that can’t be grown out, covered up, or washed off. Wear what makes you happy and comfortable (and as my esteemed colleague pointed out yesterday, size be damned! Numbers and letters on tags don’t define us- our opinions on pop culture do).
Are we all amped up now and ready to try new things but still a little bit nervous about looking foolish? Don’t worry, I got you! In my experience there are few problems in this world that can’t be solved with a little balance. Take this look for example: I have been coveting a pair of leather-esque leggings for two or three seasons now but I was always unsure how to rock them without looking like Sandy at the end of Grease (I got chiiiiills, they’re multiplyiiiiiing… because the temperature is dropping and I am a bird boned lizard persooooon). Then I remembered the secret word of the day: balance.
When I wear something tight in one area, I try and wear something a little looser in another area. Rocking something with high shine? I keep the rest of the look simple to avoid looking like a disco ball. This boyfriend fit blazer and blouse-y tunic top are just the right level of polished yet relaxed to balance these high-impact leggings (that’s right, I’ve graduated from statement necklaces and blazers to pants #GetOnMyLevel). So, I encourage each and every one of you to give those trends you’ve been admiring from afar a chance. Amazing things can happen when you dress your bliss.
Blazer: Forever 21 (similar)
Scarf: Target (similar)
Sunglasses: Charming Charlie