Sometimes on my outfit posts I see people saying 'I wish I could wear that' or 'I could never pull that off'. It makes me so sad. Guess what? You totally can pull off any look you want to! You just might need a little practice.
Now, I'm definitely not saying I am a fashion expert. However, I do have a few tricks up my sleeve for wearing new things/interesting styles. Here are my secrets for wearing things that some people might shy away from.
If you see a style that you really want to try but are a little intimidated by it...practice wearing it around your house! Wear it on a day when you know you will be staying home.
Why this works for me...
You need to feel comfortable with the look to be able to pull it off. I have done this with so many things that were new to me: coloured tights, socks over tights, big hair accessories, high heels and most recently lipstick. Once I feel comfortable in the new style I know that I will be able to 'rock' the look with confidence. You can pull off anything if you believe you are pulling it off!
Have a little photoshoot while trying out the new style.
Why this works for me...
Snapping a few outfit shots lets me see how the style really looks on me and helps me decide if I am into it. I wasn't sure about this cape so I took a few photos before I left the house. I ended up really liking how the cape looked so out I went.
Another trick I sometimes try is to wear the new style out when I am going somewhere alone, not when I will be going out with my friends who may be shocked by my fashion attempt.
Why this works for me...
If I am pretty comfortable with the look but still not 100% sure if it is for me I don't want friends (or Ivan) asking 'What are you wearing?' haha. Once I am completely comfortable with the look I can just laugh if someone doesn't quite "get" my outfit.
So there are a few tips on how to feel comfortable pulling off looks you are a bit scared to try. Try something new! Parade around your house until you feel comfortable enough to share it with the outside world! I know you can do it!!
Are there any styles that you love but are too nervous to wear? Let me know if you try something new!
What a great tip! I often find myself wondering if I should be wearing some of my "different" vintage clothes out in public. I usually model them around the house and try different accessories until I feel super confident. Confidence is key!!ReplyDelete
This is the greatest post :) I love your style, and definitely think your tips are a great way to get confident in funky, out-there clothes!ReplyDelete
Such great ideas! I definitely could take more risks when I pick out what to wear for the day. I get scared and care too much what others think. It's time for me to move on from that silliness!!ReplyDelete
Great post! I also found age made a big difference to me, since I hit 28 this year I just suddenly completely don't care what anyone thinks of how I look anymore! It's very freeing! I seem to have just suddenly grown out of any previous embarrassment I used to get. It's great! :) xxReplyDelete
I love this post! Is filled with a confidence boost that us girls need sometime.ReplyDelete
Thank you so much!
I love your advice! (and the purple booties you're wearing) I just started doing high-waist skirts and even though I'm wearing them outside the apartment now, I'm still all nervy. Everyone on my blog seems to approve, though. ^_^ReplyDelete
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This is great info!!ReplyDelete
This is great fashion advice! I definitely think getting used to a look is really valuable.ReplyDelete
A couple days ago I was parading around the house for the first time in a dress. I must say it was fun. I want to be able to feel comfortable in a dress so I can wear it in the "real world". By the way, theses are such great tips! I loved every one of them! They really are helpful!ReplyDelete
Perfect tips! I do this sometimes too, walking around the house in something that I'm a little shy at wearing out. I generally will either like it and finally wear it out or hate it and never see it again. lolReplyDelete
When ever I'm about to rock something crazy I remind myself...people will stare, make it worth their while. And then I run out of the house really fast before I can change my mind :)ReplyDelete
great tips! thanks so much for sharing them. it seems so simple but i never thought of them before. i will definitely try and explore more risky styles soon. thanks for the boost of confidence.ReplyDelete
Did you see this video on My Girl Thursday?ReplyDelete
Here are some ladies truly embracing their own brave style :)
Great advice! You are so right in so many things! We shouldn't be afraid to try new things if we really like them. It only matters to be unique and comfortable with our choices!ReplyDelete
Great post! :-)
Dude - you rock, Elycia. :) I never even thought about trying stuff at home, first - it's definitely less scary!! lol. :)ReplyDelete
these are such great tips and so true! i often wear my new outfits at home first...confidence is key to wearing anything. if you don't feel the part then you won't look the part either. and the snapping the pictures gives a better perspective too sometimes looking in a mirror just doesn't work sometimes!ReplyDelete
Such an awesome post becasue my biggest pet peeve in the world is "I could never pull that off." Drives me crazy! Anyone can work it if they just work it, you know?! Thanks for spreading the good word! :)ReplyDelete
I've definitely done the wear it around the house and wear it out alone thing. I feel way more confident going out alone in something different than I would going out with people who know I don't normally dress that way ;) Great post.ReplyDelete
this is such an inspirational post!ReplyDelete
I don't think I can pull off chinos like these ones http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?beginIndex=0&viewAllFlag=&catalogId=33057&storeId=12556&productId=2324170&langId=-1&sort_field=Relevance&categoryId=208491&parent_categoryId=&pageSize=20. but i feel i am too nervous to wear them!
What should i do?
Awesome post! My friend Lindsay always says that you can pull anything off if you just "own it". Confidence is the perfect fashion accessory and your helpful tips are all about getting it!ReplyDelete
These are such good ideas!ReplyDelete
I'd never think of trying something around the house before wearing it outside! Probably because i'm usually in my pj's if i'm not going out!
awesome post!!!!!!! :D this has happened to me a lot. i used to feel weird wearing my sunglasses at first, you're totally right on this: practice makes perfection - i used to take photos of myself wearing them but i felt weird wearing them outside with people.. now i can wear them comfortably! :):)ReplyDelete
I love all of these suggestions!! I definitely like the idea of trying new looks by wearing them around the house! I just discovered your super cute blog and I love it!! :)ReplyDelete
Good tips! I've tried the photo shoot idea before. It really does help to see yourself from a different perspective! I need to practice wearing colors. I love colors but I feel weird wearing them. I tend to dress in mostly neutrals with a colorful accessory to add a splash of color to my outfit.ReplyDelete
My friend and I were talking about being afraid to wear certain things and she came up with the idea of having a friend go through your closet and put together an outfit. You might not be comfortable with it right away but at least you know that your friend thinks it looks good, and that should hopefully give you a little confidence! :)
How did you fix your hair in tip #2? I love how it looks! The tips you gave are all wonderful- I never would have thought of taking a photo to really get a good look at an outfit.ReplyDelete
great post! i love your style and the fact that you have the confidence to pull it off!ReplyDelete
Oh... I have a lot of issues with clothing!:) As long as I love color, I think that I cannot wear it! Since I've got quite some "meat" on my bones (I'm not XL but I am L) with really big boobs, I think that no bright color looks good for me...! Which on the contrary, I know that's totally wrong, because anyone can wear color and rock it!!! I've such many insecurities as for fashion and I end up dressed without any inspiration... On the same time, I can style someone else really good....!ReplyDelete
Ahhh Elycia this is such a great post! These are all awesome tips that I will take into consideration!ReplyDelete
I am still dabbling with red lipstick. I also am trying to get more comfortable in dresses again. I am such a plain dresser sometimes so almost anything is a branch-out for me!
Excellent post :) xoReplyDelete
This is such a great post! I think so many of us have a little girl inside us desperately wanting to play dress-up, and these are some really good tips on becoming comfortable with dressing creatively. Thanks for the encouragement! I am going to try to do a few days of blogging following these tips with some styles I have been too scared to try!ReplyDelete
So encouraging. You're a sweetheart =)ReplyDelete
I love all of your little tips!ReplyDelete
I've awarded you with the Stylish Blogger Award ;) check it out on my blog for info! http://thewonderforest.blogspot.com/2011/03/stylish-group-of-ladies.html
You know what I do that's kind of funny? If I get a new shirt and can't bring myself to wear it out of the house because it feels too new I will sleep in it a few times. I don't know if anyone else feels like their clothes are "too new" haha.ReplyDelete
Love this post! Wearing it around the house is certainly something I would do. Sometimes I get in a mood and try on all sorts of diffrent outfits which can get a bit messy.ReplyDelete
My favourite types of clothes are really girly clothes, pink, bows, ruffles...sometimes I think am i too old to be wearing these things, but then I think I like them and im only going to get older so why not! The other day I had a little boy point at me and say 'look theirs a fairy' hehe.
I do the "wear it around the house first" technique! It works!ReplyDelete
so glad you guys like this post! and i'm happy to hear some of you do the same things as me :)ReplyDelete
nova, i have never heard of doing that, too funny!
LA, do it!!! take a risk!
thanks for the tips... I'm so inspired and intrigued by the 'Rockabilly' style and want to try it out sooo bad - but I'm scared that I'll look silly or people will think I've lost my mind! You've given me the courage to at least give one piece a try and see 'how it fits' - Thanks!ReplyDelete
Great ideas! I am one of those "fashion shy" people.ReplyDelete
thanks for this elycia - the picture idea is Great. I've gotten a lot better in the past year or two about trying new things but I still do that thing where I out something on and then take it off Right before I leave the house...ReplyDelete
Good tips! Regarding #2, if after taking photos of the outfit you're still in doubt, perhaps it would help to store the photos away and then look at them again once a week or two have passed. This is something that works for me with photography at least - sometimes photos I have taken that I might initially dislike, seem much better once some time has passed - perhaps because immediately after taking them I have certain expectations of how they should look, whereas returning to view them later, I'm able to evaluate them more on their own merit.ReplyDelete
awesome tips. i never thought of wearing it around the house before until i was comfortable. so simple and effective!ReplyDelete
Ummmm do you happen to be wearing Sally Hansen's 'Blue Me Away' and 'Mint Sorbet' nail polish in the first picture?! Because my nails look exactly like yours right now, but my pinky is the lighter color! Weeeiiirrdd!ReplyDelete
Great tips! I just realized I already do all these things and it indeed makes me feel comfortable in an outfit!ReplyDelete
Good tips! It's hard to overcome the insecurities sometimes but really, who cares what people think!?ReplyDelete
Great post! I think it's important for people to wear the things that they want to wear, and these are good tips to push past the awkwardness.ReplyDelete
love it! this was the perfect post for me to stumble across.ReplyDelete
my hairdresser just gave me a mohawk ... and i've never really thought i had a "style" but now i should consider that I am my style.
white blond mohawk - up or down. suits or jeans and tees with blazers.
i just love the idea of wearing something at home for a day. i've tried out a few outfits on my supermarket (grocery) store. if i can get passed the stares in there, i can wear it anywhere :)
this is awesome, elycia! :D thank you. I've had the 'what are you wearing?' thing happen before, especially with colored tights: "do your legs have a disease, or something?' with yellow, and "I just don't get it! yellow tights?" sigh. at least the yellow tights are my favourite!ReplyDelete