Stepping Outside Personal Style Comfort Zones

(l o l who forgot about the packet of chewing gum in the pockets for these photographs, oops!)

There’s no doubt about it, I’m a creature of habit. I know what I like and I tend to stick to those things, in life and in my personal style.

As I tackle my insecurities, one thing I’ve slowly been learning to do is to take small steps out of my comfort zones and test the waters. Admittedly, some times it doesn’t end well, but in 99% of the times I find myself really surprised by the outcome. So I thought it was about time I tried to adapt those habits into my personal style.

We’ve all been there; going onto Pinterest to look for some outfit inspiration only to find ourselves deciding you’d never be able to pull off those clothing pieces you so desperately covet. Then maybe it’s just me, but then I’ll find myself in a downed spiral of self-criticism and low self-esteem, only then to reach for those pieces in my wardrobes that I wear day to day in order to feel safe.

There’s so many silly rules when it comes to fashion, and it’s drilled into us we should be wearing certain shapes for certain body types and all that jazz, which to an extent I sometimes agree with. See-through leggings as trousers? Please god no. I’ve always been a big advocate of wearing what makes you feel your best self, but it’s all too easy to find ourselves opting for the same jeans day in day out, not knowing what else is on the high street ready to be loved.

So for me, my main comfort blanket is my hats. When I first started blogging I was painfully shy and my way of covering that was to wear a hat, with the logic that I look a little more like I know what I’m doing if I wear a hat. Not really sure why I thought that, but I went with it, and 4 years down the line – I’m still always in a hat. The styles have changed with the trends, but when you realise people don’t actually know what I look like without at hat, then it becomes a little crazy.

I’ll admit, I do find taking photographs without a hat quite tricky – my hair is quite fine and paired with a five-finger forehead, it certainly ain’t no match made in heaven. It’s really something I’m self conscious of. So I settled for these D&G sunglasses (via SmartBuy Glasses) instead as a compromise. They cover most of my face which isn’t really the point, but y’know, baby steps and all.

And honestly, I’m really happy with how these photographs have turned out. So the squirms and the ‘omg does my hair look ridiculous’ comments I made whilst shooting these (sorry Alice!) were totally worth it in the end. If I’ve learnt anything, stepping out those little comfort zones are a good thing. Now to decide what style habits to tackle next, I’m thinking the converse – I’ve worn them since I was 13..!

Outfit Details: Jacket – Zara (link similar), Top – Brandy Melville, Jeans – Topshop, Sunglasses – c/o SmartBuy Glasses, Shoes – Converse

So what are your personal style go-to safe items? Any you’d find to be comfort blankets like me and hats?!

Photographs by the lovely Alice!



  1. 27th April 2017 / 11:23 pm

    I love my comfort blanket, and by comfort blanket I mean my work “uniform” that I’ve created. But you’re right we shouldn’t be afraid to step out of that and try new things and just have fun with fashion!

    – Natalie

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