How do you feel about making a fashion statement?
Because I for one have a boatload of mixed feelings.
Back in my high school
heydays I did not shy away from taking risks when it came to what I wore. Bright pink heels? Check. Sweater skirt? Yes. Vertical stripe flares? You betcha.
Sure, not everything worked. But a lot of times it did – presumably because I was expressing myself through what I wore, while not yet burdened by caring what the rest of the world thought.
I don’t know when, I don’t know how,
but I know something’s starting right now but slowly over the years that innocence and fearlessness slipped away. I now feel much less comfortable making a fashion statement. A lot of times I feel self-conscious and uncomfortable. Which to me, feels a bit sad because I actually love to express myself through what I wear.
So what changed? What happened to that fearless 14 year old? Honestly, I don’t know. I think I suffer from the can’t-choose-anything-because-I-want-everything syndrome, which makes it hard for me to nail down my own personal fashion style. So everything feels a little experimental, like I’m stepping outside my comfort zone. (Ok fine, it’s obvious I like blue and white stripes, but there’s got to be more to it than that!)
The thing is, I still take fashion risks. I can’t not express myself through what I wear. I’d like to get back to that point where I don’t even notice what others think, but I’m not sure if that’s possible. My level of confidence is a work in progress.
These over-the-knee boots are an excellent starting point. I paired them with a simple silk shirt dress, to keep things from feeling too over-the-
knee-top. And black, because obvi. This look feels a little less risky and more accessible to me, while still feeling pulled-together and somewhat fashion-forward.
How do you guys handle fashion statements? Are you for them? Against them? Do you feel comfortable trying out new looks? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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