I tried something that really wasn’t me & it didn’t work!
I’m glad I did because I have a better understanding of my true style aesthetic. I’m open to new trends, fashion options & how others showcase a look. I see lots of ideas in magazines & through social media, but realize not all work for me. This is a good thing, not a bad thing & I still feel it was important to share this look with you for a couple of reasons:
1) I think social media has put such pressure on everyone to ONLY share photos & videos when we look our absolute best, when we are in shape, on holiday or feel happiest. That’s not reality.
2) Sometimes not all the puzzle pieces fall into place & as Tim Gunn would say, “this is a make-it-work-moment”. I didn’t feel 100% about my look, but went for it anyway.
Here’s the scoop poop!!! I was having a bad hair day, so I did the “messy bun” thing… Yuck! I felt tired & bloated. I felt rushed to shoot this look with my hubby & didn’t like my background. All the items in my look have been in my closet for years (I’m talking years!) & I love each individual piece, but not together. Army jackets have been on trend big time. Mine has sat in my closet for years & it rarely sees the light of day, so I felt desperate to incorporate this into a look. I thought the metallic clutch would add a little bit of interest, but that was a real miss. It’s like at the last moment, I started styling a completely different look…. Uhhhhh?
My boho-inspired rope necklace is the only new item. Again, this is something that is not particularly “me”, but I was trying to step outside my comfort zone. I admit this was a “pressure purchase” & wish I had thought about it longer before pulling out my wallet. The receipt is in the trash; it’s here to stay, it will be interesting to see how often I incorporate it into future looks.
What would I do next time?
I would definitely break up all the green & style the jacket & pants separately. I would incorporate something girly, shimmery or sparkly to offset the toughness of the jacket. A pleated mini skirt with sneakers would be a fun day look. For a great summer look, I would combine a graphic tee, white denim & sandals. For winter, I would add a turtleneck, drop-crotch pants & cage heels/ankle booties. And, there are so many directions I could go with the cargo pants. Why didn’t I?… Anyway, moving forward… I would add pumps & a chunky knit cable sweater for cooler weather. For summer, I’m thinking a full-on grunge look with high tops, torn up tank & plaid button-down around my waist. I also like the juxtaposition of a loose, flowy, sleeveless tank & the tough look of cargo pants.
I’d love to hear about a look that didn’t quite seal the deal, but you stuck with it anyway. How would you rework that look again? Don’t be scared to show us a flub up or something that didn’t work out 100%, you are showing us you. I hope I’ve showed you a little more of me!
Thanks for stopping by!