I’m a few years into this whole “figuring out my style” thing, and when I first started, it didn’t take too long to find the aesthetic I loved.
But it did take me a while to figure out how to execute my aesthetic in the most comfortable way possible.
In fact, I’m still figuring it out. But even though I still make mistakes, this outfit is definitely a win for style + comfort.
Let’s break it down:
01: Flat, comfortable shoes.
Flat shoes are great.
Except for when they have zero support and give you blisters. :)
But here’s my big secret:
I slip comfy insoles into just about every pair of shoes I own — even if they are sandals. Then and I put moleskin padding around the heel and any other uncomfortable spots. Quick tip: instead of following the instructions and putting the moleskin on my foot, I put it directly onto my shoe instead.
And just like that, they’re comfortable.
02: A small bag.
I swing back and forth — sometimes I prefer a small bag, sometimes a big bag.
But right now, a small bag equals comfort because it doesn’t weigh me down.
I still love + carry my big cognac tote all the time. I can stash snacks in it. And a sweater if it gets chilly. Or a backup pair of flats if I’m wearing heels. Or my fav water bottle. It’s convenient to have all those things with me.
But lately, carrying all those things with me makes my shoulders hurt at the end of a day. I think most of us carry enough tension in our shoulders already — so I’ve been trying to lighten my load by downsizing to a smaller bag.
I can fit everything I need inside: keys, phone, wallet, small toiletry bag, and sunnies.
03: An outfit that works in hot and cold temperatures.
It’s heating up in Texas, but that doesn’t mean we’re out of sweater weather yet.
Why? Because this time of year, businesses + restaurants tend to b l a s t the air conditioning to combat the heat.
I get it. But it means I alternate between hot and freezing all day long. So I come prepared with this cozy cashmere cardigan.
(Wondering how this cardigan is holding up so far? Excellent question. When I first pulled it out of the box, it seemed like a fairly fragile piece. But I’ve had it for a few months now, and I haven’t been easy on it. I’ve worn it two or three times a week, taken it on four or five trips, and even tossed it in the back of the car a few times — and I’m happy to say, it’s holding up! A few pills here and there, but I just grab my little defuzzing comb — and after a few brushes, no more pills.)
04: The softest jeans I can find.
I’ve been tracking my dressing habits more and more lately, and you know what? These soft boyfriend jeans get worn more than any other bottom I own.
Why? Because they are crazy soft + they are just loose enough + they don’t pinch in the waist.
Now, when it comes to style, my favorite proportion to wear is a high rise bottom + crop top. But these boyfriend jeans have a lower rise, so my favorite proportion (and my crop tops) are out. And even still, I can’t stop reaching for them.
That’s the power of comfort for ya. :)
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So, what about you? How do you reconcile your personal style with a need for comfort? Got any tips for upping your style game while staying comfortable? Share away in the comments!
Photo Credit: Katie Jameson
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