I love this dress.
Marc does not.
It’s a little strong to say that my husband hates this dress, but I don’t think it’s exceptionally inaccurate. He says it doesn’t accentuate my positives. Or something like that. And I adore him for his honesty, and for appreciating my positives.
But I still love this dress.
So, guess what? I’m going to keep wearing this dress.
The biggest style mistake I have made throughout the years was trying to dress in a way that made other people happy. I have always loved clothing and fashion in general, but I can’t tell you how many times I either didn’t wear an outfit or flat out didn’t purchase it because I worried about what others would think.
Finding your personal style is just that, personal. And the reason establishing your own style is so important is because it tells the world a little more about who you are. It also makes you feel your best and most confident in the process.
So, why would you want to tell the world you are something that you think others like instead of what you like? It took me some time to realize that was a choice.
Unless you live in a nudist colony or don’t mind getting arrested or ticketed every time you leave the house, we all have to wear clothes. That’s not just a frivolous or narcissistic novelty. We need to wear clothes. So, why not wear the ones we love and that make us feel powerful and confident?
Not everyone likes my style. Not everyone understands the outfits I put together or why I wear any certain pieces to any certain events. And that’s okay with me. As long as I feel appropriately dressed and like I am expressing my own style, that’s what matters.
I didn’t really begin to own my personal style until I moved to New York nearly nine years ago. Up until that point I was obsessed with fashion, but only chose items that I hoped would make me blend in. I didn’t wear heels over 2 inches because I’m so tall. And I erred on the side of conservative, no matter the occasion.
But in New York City suddenly I was surrounded by all sorts of people. My personal style became away to stand out in a good way. I no longer worried about being the tallest in the room (thank you to the many models constantly prowling this city!), and I started to feel more comfortable in my own skin and subsequently my clothes.
Of course, I still battle confidence issues on a somewhat regular basis. No matter how strong or enlightened one may be, we are all still human. Confidence is something we are constantly building and cultivating.
But my style feels undeniably like me. And if I want to wear a dress that some may think looks like a tent or a bag then, dammit, I’m going to wear that dress. As long as I love it, the item fits my body, and it makes me feel like me, then I’m all in.
Because those are the positives I really want to accentuate.
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