My affinity for athleisure essentially makes me question everything I know about myself.
Not to be dramatic, but if you had told me a few years ago that I would wear sneakers with jeans on purpose I probably would have lit myself on fire.
Here’s the thing.
I’m not athletic. I do not sport. I am not now, nor have I ever been, on a team. I spent two-thirds of my life competitively showing quarter horses, not playing sports ball.
In short, not only did I look at people who wore sneakers in public as lazy (“Can’t you put on a pair of flats?”), but I myself felt absurdly out of place when I did. Who was I to wear sneakers? I took pilates. Sometimes I got on an elliptical. Hardly an excuse to run errands in my Nikes.
Then, two things happened.
One, the more this darn athleisure business started showing up in my Pinterest feed the more I loved it. And two, I started lifting weights about six months ago and I kind of really love it. I have a whole new confidence and understanding of my body (and I don’t feel like a poser in my Nikes anymore).
Still, at the end of the day this kind of look is still outside my comfort zone. So it got me thinking:
What does it take to dress outside your own little box?
Tell me if you’ve said this before:
“That looks so great on her but I could never pull it off.”
Ok ok some silhouettes or fits are more flattering on different body types. But to me, women typically say that when they believe that being stylish, in general, is beyond them. That they better just stick to what they know instead of taking a risk.
How wrong you are, dear girl.
How to dress outside your comfort zone
To be fair, this is something I’m still playing with and figuring out for myself. But here’s my two cents:
1. Incorporate just one new element into your look
If we’re taking the atheisure example, maybe just throw on some sneakers with skinnies instead of dropping $500 at Lulu and realizing it’s just not for you. If you want to go for more of a boho look, try bell sleeves instead of going with a blouse and a floppy hat and a maxi skirt. Get the idea?
2. Pin all of the things
I do tons of Pinterest stalking when I want to try something new. If I were you, I would do some searching and maybe even make a secret board to winnow out that one detail that you love so you can go shopping with confidence instead of wandering around blindly and praying something jumps out at you.
3. Get a second opinion
This should go without saying, but if you’re still unsure or just need that extra affirmation, send someone a pic. I love getting those “yay or nay?” texts when my friends are out shopping alone. (And since we’re friends around here, you can always DM me if you’re feeling lost. Pinky promise.)