Photos by the lovely Katie
I know how it feels you get accustomed to wearing the same things. Whether it be a baggy jumper and leggings, the same skinny jeans and a band tee or the skirt and black tights combo you’ve been wearing all week for work. By all means, this is totally cool, I do it on the regular (I love my baggy plisse trousers) however, if its got to the point where its making you feel unhappy, then its time for a bit of a change.
Confidence is a big factor in fashion, it determines not only what you wear but HOW you wear it. So the first step in finding your feet in trying something more exciting is figuring out what makes you feel good and what elements you like.
This might be a case of taking a bunch of stuff to the changing room and might be worth taking a fresh set of eyes (I made my mum try skinny jeans and now she loves them). If you’re unsure about something, try it anyway, you might be surprised.
If there’s even something that you like but have the ‘but it wont suit me’ excuse ringing around in your head, try it. Push the boundaries and fight your own insecurities, as discovering new things is the first step in expanding your style. I used to hate the idea of wide leg as I thought it would make me look like a sausage, but since at least trying, I now love them and feel comfortable styling them up.
Once you have a blueprint of styles that you find work well and know the right terminology, you’ll know what to search for. For example, I now know I get a lot more results if I search ‘Plisse trouser’ rather than just Cullottes. Then let the experimenting begin! Obviously, the easiest way to try is in store.
But if I’m honest, I quite like the privacy of my own home, just add a bunch to the Asos basket, hit next day, try it on, send back what doesn’t work. I personally prefer this way because there’s more clothes at hand to try on that you already have.
And finally there are a few things that need to be banished from your vocabulary if you want to be a little more inventive with your style, as its just not gonna work if not:
‘Oh I don’t know, what will people think?’ – well, who cares?!
‘I’m too old to wear that’ – since when did age define what you could wear?
‘ I don’t think that will suit me’ – don’t knock it until you’ve tried it
‘I couldn’t get away with that’ – WHY couldn’t you?
These are excuses I hear faaaaar too often, but the more you open your mind to new things, the more you’ll find freedom in fashion.
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