Honestly, I didn’t really love this when I was shooting it.
I debated whether or not to even continue photographing this while I was wearing it because this blog is all about authenticity and I just didn’t feel like myself. I didn’t know if it would “fit”, as if I’d already adopted a certain aesthetic without consciously doing so. Most of the photos from this shoot didn’t make it as you can clearly read the discomfort in my face (note the sunglasses), but after I reviewed them a few hours later, I found I actually liked the results. Comfortable, easy, and stylish, if a shade on the too-minimal side. It’s a solid weekend outfit for me and what I want my weekend outfits to be – comfortable and self-expressive, even if I’m the only one who notices.
Though the floaty thermal was purchased as a layering piece for colder weather, I liked the lightness with the distressed denim but was hesitant about pairing the oversized pieces and the color palette. But the volume somehow works in a way I didn’t notice when it was actually ON me, and the sneakers keep everything grounded.
I’m glad I pushed through and took another look at the results, because style doesn’t always sit right the first time you try it out. Not every outfit that makes you feel out of your comfort zone is always a success, but it’s worth giving them a shot. Pushing yourself, even in small ways, is essential for style development – you’ll never know what you like without putting it on. Wear something you aren’t sure about for a day or so and if you hate it by the end, that probably means that it’s not for you, but you may be surprised. This may not seem like it should be out of my comfort zone. But looking back, it was.
I did end up changing out of this midway through the day but I’ll wear this look again – albeit most likely with some rings, a chunky scarf, and a leather or canvas backpack next time.