Let’s talk for a second about our style comfort zones.
For months, I’ve been pushing myself outside of my comfort zone with these mom jeans. I’ve been styling + wearing them regularly. But even still, it’s been hard for me to feel super confident in them.
I just kept questioning if I can “pull it off”.
You know what I’m talking about. We’ve probably all said it at one time or another: She looks cute, but I could never pull that off.
But I’m learning that pulling it off is less about the way it looks to people on the outside — after all, everyone will have a different opinion on it anyway. Instead, it’s about having fun and feeling confident on the inside.
That confidence doesn’t have to come the moment we try out a new item. But with three things — time, practice, and a chipper attitude — we eventually start to see things a little differently. The fun starts, our confidence grows, and that thing we weren’t sure we could pull off begins to feel natural.
I’m starting to feel that way with these jeans. I’m still not all the way there, but I’m headed in that direction.
About this time you might be wondering, Caroline, why on earth would you keep pushing yourself to wear these jeans when you’re not super confident in them?
Getting outside of my style comfort zone can be a ton of fun or zero fun, depending on where my motivation comes from.
If it comes from a place of obligation (like a “should”), it’s no fun and I usually abandon it immediately.
But when it comes from a place of curiosity and play (like right now, with these jeans) it’s fun. Pushing myself out of my style comfort zone is like a mini adventure — sometimes uncomfortable, but fun nonetheless.
And fun is important. :)
So tell me, what do you do when you feel that “can’t pull it off” feeling? Which path do you take when you feel it — do you try anyway or do you let it go? What helps you decided which path to take? Got a story of a time you recently pushed yourself out of your style comfort zone? Was it fun? Share away!
Photo Credit: Katie Jameson
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