Breaking all the rules and stepping just outside of your comfort zone. Why you should take a risk and stand out with your style.
BREAKING ALL THE RULES
As much as I am generally going on and on about styling classics, repeat wearing and making sure you are armed with a closet of trusted essentials like the white shirt or black blazer, I also feel it is important to once in a while, splash out. Take a risk! Go just outside of your comfort zone! This is exactly how I felt when I came across the new collection from one of the brands I fell in love with in 2017, Laura Egloff.
When checking out the new Laura Egloff collection, these rainbow sequin pants jumped out at me from my computer screen in a way that I wasn’t expecting. While I do have the odd black sequined item in my wardrobe (last seen here), it isn’t exactly something I wear often. Not since my figure skating days. I sized them up, read about the quality, imagined how I would wear them and found myself falling more and more for them. They were just so cool. I sent my friend Emily a link to ask if she thought they were wearable or too crazy (she loved them) and my last step, consulted my partner Mario. To my surprise, they were a lot less man repelling as I had initially imagined!
LIFE BEGINS AT THE END OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE
In fact, when they arrived, I loved these pants even more. Wearing them, I had more positive comments than I was expecting from both men and women. Maybe they were less daring than I had thought? Do I play it too safe in general? Where does the comfort zone begin and end?
But, at the end of the day, they are literally sequined rainbow pants! Not exactly the stuff of minimal everyday wears.
Reading Pernille Teisbaek’s Dress Scandinavian, I came across her thoughts on taking risks with your personal style:
Remember that it’s okay to stand out from the masses, to challenge oneself, to become a frontrunner with some small detail, while still remaining within your comfort zone.
Taking her stance, the devil is in the details which she experiments with, pairing riskier items back with her everyday staples.
HOW TO WORK OUT IF SOMETHING IS TOO CRAZY OR WORTH THE RISK
The key to going out of your comfort zone a little with your fashion choices is to make sure you are wearing the pieces, not the other way around. You are the one who needs to shine not your crazy one-off fashion purchase.
To calculate if something a little more outrageous is a good idea, there are a few steps that I keep in mind when shopping.
- the number one for any purchase is calculating the cost per wear. I look at how many times I am likely to wear something, asking ‘is it actually comfortable?’ ‘is this too on trend and will date quickly?’ ‘is this in my colour palette?’ and of course, ‘is it good quality?’.
- Another key is that the piece must already be able to be worn with items I own. This I calculate as needing to be wearable with a minimum of five outfits. For example, the sequin pants I reasoned would be best with plain t-shirts, neutral button-down shirts, a leather jacket, denim jacket, or a simple knit. They can be dressed up with a heel, but will most likely be something I dress down with flat shoes, sneakers or sandals. If I can only imagine the piece worn for one occasion or with barely anything else, it is a hard no!
- Phone a friend. As a last resort, I run anything I am unsure are too out there past a friend or my partner, or both. They will either encourage you or be brutally honest.
These are the key factors for any fashion purchase that I go through, be it an affordable item or a high-end designer piece but a statement piece goes under further scrutiny.
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LOVE IT OR HATE IT?
So, over to you guys, do you like to take risks with your style sometimes? Or are you happy to live inside of your comfort zone? Let me know what risky items you have bought lately below. Into the rainbow micro trend? Would you rather die than wear sequins? Looking forward to reading your thoughts.
Want to see the other occasions where I stepped outside of my comfort zone to wear something different? Below are some of my favourite styles, shoots and looks from recent years where I took a risk.