I am forty-one years old and I’ve finally decided that I will wear what I like, when I like, wherever I like – regardless of what other people might think of me. Since starting this lifestyle blog in 2015, I have slowly become more inspired to be more adventurous with my clothes, but I have often second guessed myself, worrying about what others will think. Well, that stops… now.
I Will Wear What I Like
For example, I bought this fabulous tulle skirt a couple of weeks ago but I stopped myself wearing it because I worried others would think I was trying to be younger than I am. Well, I’ve never really cared what people think of me so I really don’t understand why I would stop wearing something I loved! The same with the fishnets. Some people might think they’re tarty. I don’t. So, this weekend I decided to stop worrying, and start wearing.
Thanks to Catherine at Not Dressed as Lamb
I should thank Catherine of Not Dressed as Lamb for giving me the push I needed. She wrote the most inspiring blog post about why many of us have this ‘thing’ about not being able to pull off certain outfits, and she’s pissed off that so many of us do this to ourselves and I have to agree. Why?
You CAN pull it off!
We had a pizza night at our place on Saturday night for a few of our friends (when I wore this outfit) and we touched on this issue when one of my friends (who was looking absolutely fabulous in sparkly pink and black) said she ‘couldn’t pull off leather jeans’. I practically shrieked at her! She’d look fabulous in leather jeans and I cannot understand why she would think otherwise. Grrrrr.
Bringing my inner little girl back
Incidentally, she did comment on how stylish she thinks I’ve become as I’ve gotten older. She even suggested I’d be really good at dressing other women which would be fun, I’m sure! I agree my style has changed a lot and I’ve certainly found my confidence over the past few years. Dressing is so much fun now. I just wish other women would look at it in a similar fashion, to enjoy it and to have fun. Remember when you were little and dressed up in your mum’s or older sister clothes? Wasn’t it exciting and fun? Well, try bringing that little girl back and dress for yourself not for everybody else. What’s the fun in that? Which is why I will wear what I like now…always.
That’s exactly what I did when putting this outfit together. A girlie tulle skirt (Stradivarius), fishnets (Calzedonia), ankle boots (Aldo) a statement rock chick tee-shirt (I’ve had it for years and can’t remember where I bought it from), a simple grey cardigan (H&M) and pink animal print earrings (Brigitte Bijou)! This outfit made me smile and made me feel good about myself. And that, my dears, is the most important thing, right? 🙂
In case you’re wondering about the photos, torrential rain meant we couldn’t shoot outdoors (although we did try) so we decided to try out the light in our bathroom instead. Et voila!