Getting over a fashion fear

And just as the Queen has never worn a pair of jeans, nor have I*. Something about wearing jeans doesn't feel right to me. It's not that I don't enjoy a good pair of trousers; I love wearing a trouser suit for work and I'm the first to grab a palazzo pant if there's one to be spotted. I also have a fab pair of "jeans" from Cheap Monday which I am fairly sure are almost 100% cotton (checked the website, 98% cotton with 2% elastine).

It's not that I don't think denim looks fab on other people; I am constantly admiring a good pair of jeans particularly at the moment when it seems the flare trend is here to stay. My fear comes from the fact I think jeans make me look stocky. When my bottom half looks heavier, I feel like it adds weight to my entire shape, and it's not something I'm wholly comfortable with. I'm not an Olsen Twin, who is able to wear the baggiest clothes and still look like super slight and petite. I just think jeans make me look a bit...hefty. 

So here I am. My fashion fear, as silly as it seems, appears to be a pair of jeans. And at 24, realising you've not worn something for over 10 years, that you're quickly approaching a summer where denim is all the range...could lead to you realise you're stuck in a bit of a fashion rut. 

I have made a pact with myself to put away the black skinnies and embrace the lighter trouser. Every time I reach for my classic black pair, I will redirect myself to a pair of light wash denim (appropriately styled for this season with rips/cropped to the ankle). 

 
 

But...nobodies told me I look hefty. In fact, I've received a fair amount of compliments on them, someone even commenting they made my legs look even longer than my safe black skinnies.

I might not be bold enough for a pair of flares quite yet, but these feel like a good step in the right direction. In a world where we are constantly encouraged to push ourselves, push our boundaries, push ourselves out of our comfort zones, why can't wearing something we previously didn't think we could, be an important boost of confident. 

So be adventurous, be courageous, be bolder and stronger than ever before!

Even if that is just wearing something you'd never thought you could pull off, or feel comfortable or confident in. 

 

 

Harriet Johnston