"Hey, can I pull this off?"
We’ve all asked someone this question, a few times an hour while shopping. In my case, it’s usually between clothing racks of my local thrift store as I hold up some sort of patterned, fringed, mesh number at whoever has the displeasure of shopping with me for the day. The answer is either a resounding yes or a resounding side eye that means no (I have true friends y'all) and that's fantastic. We all need a little help making decisions when it comes to trying new things and making some fashion risks. Today I'm going to be one of your ride-or-die, friends what will help you answer this age-old question. Here are a few things you should keep in mind.
With Great Responsibility...
Sometimes we can be so preoccupied with whether or not we can pull something we don’t stop to think about if we should pull something off. Because sometimes fashion risks come with no rewards. And then we’re just left with a long Hawaiian shirt that we swore Rihanna wore on vacation that one time but, in reality, it’s just a night shirt that wasn’t put back on the right clothing rack. But just because fashion risks don’t always work doesn’t mean we shouldn't take them.
Here’s what I do when I feel like my fashion risks may not align with my day to day style. I take a moment and think about what a picture of me in that outfit is going to look like in five years. "Will I look put together." and "Will I look too trendy" are the first questions I ask myself. And if that fails, I just go with my gut. If I think that picture is going to make me cringe, I put down what is probably an ill-advised purchase and look for something that 'future me' will high five past me about.
That one quote about your Comfort Zone
What you can pull off is completely dependent on how you perceive your own style and limits. I’ve talked at length about aesthetic, being your own style icon, and how to prep your wardrobe for best results and all of these have one thing in common. And that one thing is you. Knowing what you want out of your closet is a crucial decision that only you can make. Maybe you’re not comfortable in stilettos and bodycon dresses. That’s cool, that’s a parameter that you’ve set for yourself when it comes to shopping and style.
But remember growth happens at the end of your comfort zone - so don’t be afraid to redefine your limits. Every now and then, try something that you wouldn't typically wear. Give yourself time to get used to the style, think about how it will fit into your larger wardrobe, and then make a decision.
How To Always Pull it Off & Make it Work
Pst, come in a little closer, I have a secret for you. You can pull just about anything off if you believe that you can. Because in reality, fashion is half style and half confidence. If you're going to wear an animal print jump suit with a neon belt, then wear it with pride! Walk around like you're a super model and you're the best thing that's happened to fashion since the invention of the comfy heels. What makes a person stylish is their ability to bravely try new things while everyone is blending in. Like I mentioned above, sometimes this doesn't work but how will you know if you don't try. The best outfits start with self-confidence. If you don't have it then don't be afraid to get a knock off, because sometimes you just have to fake it until you make it.