Well, I’ve officially stepped out of my living room! I’ve never taken outfit photos “out and about” — until now. This is a fun day. :)
Indulge me for a second. Did you know that when I started Unfancy in 2014, Aaron and I shot all the Unfancy photos in our tiny, one bedroom apartment? Yep, we’d set up a backdrop that took up the entire living/dining/kitchen space — it turned our apartment upside down for days. Hah! Good times.
When we moved to Abilene a few years later, we ditched the backdrop and decided to shoot in a pretty little corner of our living room.
It worked fine at first, but after a little while, I started to feel stiff, standing in that same little corner again and again. On top of that, the only way Aaron could get me in frame was to squish into the corner opposite me. Since neither of us could move around freely in our small living room, the photos started to feel a little … stale.
So, a couple months ago, we started tossing around the idea of taking photos outside.
Honestly, it took me a while to warm up to the idea, because while most style bloggers take “out and about” photos, I always felt good keeping things simple and shooting in the living room. I liked that I was doing my own thing.
But, we humans change over time, and that means “doing our own thing” starts to change too.
Lately, I’ve been drawn to a more lighthearted, carefree vibe — and I want to reflect that spirit in my photos. So this weekend, we took photos out in the fresh air!
Yes, I feel like the world’s biggest goober, posing for pictures when random people can see me. But on the upside, there’s plenty of space to move and play. And plenty of opportunities to learn to laugh at myself when I feel awkward or nervous.
You’ll still see some living room photos here and there, but for the most part, we’re going to try this whole “out and about” thing for a while and see how it goes.
So here’s to trying new things, getting out of comfort zones, and even feeling like a goober. :)
Thanks for indulging all my storytelling.
Now onto this outfit! Since we’ll be looking at this dress all week, I’ll be brief today.
You can see the dress in it’s natural state, above. Long sleeves, loose shape, wild pattern. It’s awesome. But here’s what I love about this dress: even though it’s short, it can work for a wide range of temperatures.
For example, take a look below to see how I styled it on those 40 degree nights in Santa Fe. I put a long sleeve base layer underneath, a wool coatigan on top, and wore wool footie socks with my booties. I found that as long as my core was warm, bare legs were okay in the cold (at least for a little while — tights could be another option).
And there you have it!
Your turn! What do you think about the new “out and about” photos? Do they feel a little more interesting and lively? Got any other tips on styling a dress for a chilly spring day? I’d love to hear ’em!
See you Thursday — we’ll be styling this dress for hot weather.
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