We all have a sartorial comfort zone. Mine consists of slogan tees, mom jeans and my favorite pair of Converse. Safe and comfortable. Sometimes though, it’s nice to break out of that comfort zone and try something new! Sometimes a piece of clothing inspires that. This pink pinafore is one of those things. I’ve never owned a pinafore before that I can remember, let alone a pink pinafore! I used to basically only buy clothing for cold weather in black, like I was mourning the loss of summer. It’s just not reflective of my personality, and that’s the point of building a wardrobe, isn’t it? So, I’m making a conscious effort to break out of my comfort zone and not be afraid to try new things!
Last autumn, I bought a beret for the first time. I’d managed to convince myself that I couldn’t wear it because of my hair being so curly and so big. True, it will look different to the girls who have straight hair… but why am I forcing these rules on myself?
I’ve also used my body as an excuse for not trying certain trends.
There is an element of that in terms of sizing… I was dying for that gorgeous Zara wrap dress everyone was wearing a few summers ago, but even the largest sizes in Zara don’t accommodate my body. So I wrote off wrap dresses completely. I’ve since found one that I love, and wore quite a bit this summer (hello, red polka dots!).
I’ve convinced myself things won’t look good, because I’m a bigger body. I got very comfortable in my sartorial comfort zone, and that’s fine, but it also meant that my day to day outfit choices weren’t always inspiring me.
THAT is a problem. So I’m doing my damnedest to step out of that zone.
I bought a camel jumper, nude lipsticks, and some pink cord trousers. All things I thought were off limits. Nope, just me being silly. Speaking of cord, I’m completely in love with this pink pinafore and honestly, it’s kinda what started this realization that I was closing myself off to things.
You know I’m a fan of Joanie Clothing. I wore this green dress basically all summer. When they asked if they could send me a few things, of course I said yes. This pink pinafore was among the selection.
At first, I thought, no, it’s got buttons, that’ll never work.
And then I thought, actually, why not? It’s really cute!
Pink is definitely my happy color.
I requested two sizes (an 18 and a 20) because I wanted to make sure I got the best fit. Sounds simple enough, but actually, clothes that really fit is something I struggle with. It depends so much on the quality of fabric and how it’s cut.
Anyway, I did it. I got the pinafore, and I felt inspired by how different it was.
Even on the day I took these photos, Kristabel commented on how different a look this was for me but that she loved it! We also commiserated on both being very busty and the struggles that sometimes entails.
Still it’s not a reason to cut myself off from fashion choices, is it? This pink pinafore looks pretty adorable if I do say so myself, so maybe it’s time to stop thinking about some imaginary rules I feel like I should follow and more about finding clothing that sparks joy and makes me happy.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ll still rock a mean slogan tee and mom jeans, it just won’t be every single day. Here’s to stepping out of my sartorial comfort zone, and finding more things to try!