Sunday, 10 September 2017

Can I Pull This Off?


Read the title of this blog post and consider how many times you have asked yourself that question. Can I pull this off? I ask it pretty much every time I'm in a clothes shop fitting room, I ask it when I put something on that I haven't worn in a couple of years, I ask it when I see a style I love on someone else a bit more daring than me.

But why do we ask ourselves this? Do we think we need to be/look a certain way to be able to wear something? When I consider the items of clothing I personally think I can't pull off (pencil skirts, crop tops, anything with spaghetti straps) it's not really got anything to do with how I look in them, it's about how I feel in them. I don't feel confident wearing certain clothes and therefore I think I can't 'pull them off'. There also seems to be a similar worry if we stray too far from our usual style. I used to think I couldn't pull off colour. Correction: I never used to wear colour so I just wasn't used to seeing myself in it and didn't feel confident in it. We all have our style comfort zones and pushing ourselves out of them doesn't mean we're wearing something we can't pull off, it just means we're gaining confidence wearing new things. You don't have to be/look a certain way to pull something off, you've just got to feel confident in it.


My most recent purchase (who am I kidding, one of my most recent purchases) was this dress from H&M. It's not really my usual style - it has spaghetti straps (that you can't see because it was cold OK?), a straight neckline and the frills along the bottom are just a bit 'fussier' than I would usually go for. It reminds me of something I would have bought a few years ago when I was a bit more experimental, before I fell into my 'safe' style. But I love it, I feel confident in it and it was only £5 in the H&M sale which has a lot to do with my love for it. Polka dots are an old favourite of mine and I can just see myself wearing this again and again. I love the asymmetrical hem, although I've never worn anything with one before and because it's more breezy on one side I'm constantly paranoid that I have my dress stuck in my knickers (can someone else who's worn an asymmetrical hem reassure me that that's not just me?!) The frills make me feel all sassy too and like I want to twirl around in it all day (I don't though partly because dizzy and partly because, you know, 26-years-old and all that).

I'm a big fan of things that I can dress up or down and this dress is perfect for that. On this occasion I dressed it down with my old favourite denim jacket and some sandals, but I can easily imagine it on an evening with a leather jacket and some heeled boots. In fact, just typing that has made me want to make evening plans soon so that I can wear it just like that.





Dress - H&M (current sale, not online) | Denim jacket - Asos (old) | Sandals - Primark (old)

Amy x
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  1. Ohh this dress is gorge Amy and you wear it so well! I'm all about wearing whatever we want, its all about how we feel IN the clothes! Aslong as its comfy, which is my number one priority ;) xx

    www.natalieleanne.com

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    1. Thanks so much lovely! Yes being comfy is definitely my number one priority too! xx

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  2. Yesssss I love this - it is totally about how you feel in something and if you feel great in a piece of clothing it would be crazy not to wear it for fear of not being able to pull it off! You look lovely in the dreamy bargain dress and these photos are gorgeous - that light is amazing! xxx

    Sophie | Sophar So Good

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    1. I adore this kind of light! And yes exactly, if you think you can pull it off then you can! xx

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  3. Amy, You can pull ANYTHING off ! You would look good in a bin bag haha!
    Fab sale find, i wouldn't have picked that up initially either but it looks fab, I like how you've styled it with a denim jacket :)
    Alex
    http://www.champagneandlemonadeox.co.uk

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    1. Aww you absolute babe thank you so much! I'll wear a bin bag for my next outfit post then haha! xx

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  4. I really loooved your dress and I think we change along the years... I used to wear "plain" clothes, not so colourful - somehow still considered a bit "different", but a very different style than I wear today. I used to hate prints and I remember always saying "I will never wear this and that" and now? I wear everything I didn't like before :) You look very beautiful as usual!
    DenisesPlanet.com

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    1. That's great the you experiment more! Thanks Denise xx

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