A trend that has been around for a while now, is the lace-up shirt. I have seen so many shirts, bodysuits and dresses in this style in stores, and I understand why. The trend switches up a "normal" top to make it more unique, fun and sometimes sexy. I have explored this trend a little on my blog already, with this casual summer look.
I styled this olive lace-up top in a very casual, fall way. I kept it comfy because I wore it out for a day of shopping with my friend, and lovely photographer Ava (check out her website). With that being said, I still wanted to go out of my comfort zone in a way, because I like to push myself through style to build my own confidence. So, I styled this top with high-waisted, tight black jeans. This is an outfit I would have never worn a few years ago, or even last year. And here's why.
We all have different body types and generally try and dress in ways that most flatter our shape. But in doing so, we sometimes miss out on great outfits because of the fear that it won't "work" with our body. I get it, we don't want to wear unflattering clothing. This makes sense, in a way. But it also prohibits us from taking fashion risks and learning about our own style. Who decides what is unflattering anyways? Is this really an objective idea?
I don't have a small waist in proportion to my body. And's that's okay. I never have and I still love my body. Everybody is built differently. But why have I spent years avoiding clothing that shows my midriff or waist shape? Mostly, because I was afraid of wearing something "unflattering". Today, I ask myself, unflattering to whom? I have learned to care less about what others think of me, and especially my body.
So I rocked this outfit, complete with a form fitting top and jeans; waist shape in full sight. And I felt great. So ladies, (and men) go outside your comfort zone and remember that you dress for nobody but yourself. Nobody can tell you what is unflattering. As long as you think you look awesome, then you do.
// BEAUTY IS WHAT YOU FEEL ABOUT YOURSELF, NOT ABOUT WHAT YOU SEE IN THE MIRROR //