I don’t dress the same way I did 2 years ago, let alone 10 years ago. One day I’ll want to wear an all black, creative look. The next I may want soft neutrals with a breezy feel. My style is always evolving so my comfort zone shifts with it.
Two years ago I would never consider wearing tassel earrings. I now own several pairs and enjoy their look.
Everyone has a style comfort zone. Some women like to wear brightly colored clothes with lots of details and others prefer monochromatic with simple lines. One isn’t right and the other wrong. It’s all personal taste. But what happens when you get bored with your comfort zone and want to shake things up?
Start by observing what’s around you. Inspiration is everywhere from blogs to Pinterest to Instagram. If you’re looking for how other women put their outfits together, these are a great resource.
Accessories can be the least expensive and easiest ways to step out of your style comfort zone. The financial investment is small and you can wear them with your current clothes to see how they feel.
Looking at pictures of your outfits can be eye-opening. It’s completely different than looking in the mirror and a better way to determine if you like how something looks on you. You might admire and love a look on others but discover it looks wrong on you. Examine your images and see what parts feel right and what you’d like to change. If the shape of something feels wrong, consider whether you’d prefer it in a different color.
Listen to your instinct
Don’t force it but don’t give up early. If something feels wrong you don’t have to stick with it. Go back to the drawing board and try something else. Just because one look is not for you doesn’t mean a small tweak couldn’t make it work for you.
I’m a big fan of the power of alterations. If a new shape isn’t quite what you had in mind you can personalize it with alterations. Often a seamstress can tweak things enough to make them feel like you and get you moving in a new direction.
Several years ago my wardrobe was almost exclusively black with no pattern other than stripes. This summer I bought a colorful kimono with a floral print and I love it.
There are plenty of rules and lists of what we should and shouldn’t wear because of our body silhouette and coloring. The truth is these are all guidelines to use or toss at our discretion. The goal is to dress in a way that makes you happy, gives you confidence and feels authentic.
Is there validity to flattering proportion and color theories for women? Yes. But you needn’t be a slave to them at the expense of your creativity.
Is there a style you’ve wanted to try?
Thanks for reading ladies and have a great day.