Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Stepping Out Of My (Style) Comfort Zone


After making a rather large song and dance in this post about not making any new year's resolutions, there is one thing I'd like to push myself to do in 2018 and that's step out of my style comfort zone. Recently when I've been browsing online or in the shops, nothing has really leapt out at me as a piece I'd really love to own and it's been ages since I've felt that ohmygodthat'samazingIhavetohaveit feeling (if you love clothes too, you'll know the feeling I mean). I think the reason for this is that I've slipped into a definite comfort zone when it comes to styling my outfits and actually I'm kinda bored of it. I'm browsing through things that I know will suit me and that I know I'll like, but that often means that I'm not excited by anything because it's similar to something I already have or it just feels familiar

I'm a big advocate of personal style, but lately I've had to remind myself that personal style doesn't mean finding one style and sticking to it, it means whatever you want it to and I need to keep experimenting with mine to feel like me. Who knows if that last sentence even made sense eh?



Anyway, when I placed my inevitable Asos sale order I didn't refine the search to the things I normally would that would restrict me, I trawled through pretty much everything and chose the things that actually stood out to me. I didn't think about whether they would suit me or whether it'd be something I'd usually wear, I simply picked what I liked and ordered it (well not everything, that would be a hefty order). Although I sent a fair few things back (who doesn't?) I don't think I sent as much back as I usually do and I certainly don't find my picks boring so that's a good start.

These grey harem (is it harem or hareem? Not like I blog about style or anything is it...) trousers caught my eye aaaages ago, they've been in my saved items for at least a couple of months. I loved them, but they were just a liiil bit pricey for me so when they went in the sale I was mega chuffed. They're a style of trouser that I wouldn't usually go for, with my hips and thighs being the largest part of my body already I generally don't like to draw more attention there, but despite some original hesitations that they make me look like I'm wearing a nappy, I love them. Because they're more tailored towards the bottom I actually find them quite flattering especially with a relatively tight-fitted top tucked in.

Then these rusty red coloured shoes called out to me and I imagined them with the trousers and realised it was meant to be. I have no idea when I will actually wear these shoes, but when I do I'll feel bloody excellent in them. There's nothing like a pair of red heels to release your inner sass. Before shooting these photos we went to B&Q and Sainsbury's and I was like 'yesss I'm the type of person who goes food shopping in red heels' even though lol I'm definitely not.

The bag is another Asos sale pick that I was worried was a little tacky, but hey, I love it so even if it is I don't care. To offset the fact that I'm wearing a few items that were out of my comfort zone, I popped on two of my most worn items in my wardrobe, which brought the outfit back to something which felt very 'me'. My breton top from Boden is possibly my best ever investment, my price per wear is probably down to about 0.0001p. This grey coat is a good few years old now, but it's still one of my favourite winter coats and, fun fact, I wore it in my first ever outfit post on this blog (here if you want a laugh - I almost didn't include the link because major cringe).




Trousers - Asos (here| Top - Boden (here) | Shoes - Asos (here| Bag - Asos (out of stock)

Do you ever go out of your comfort zone?

Amy x
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  1. You look amazing girl!! I'd love to reach out with my style more too - there's nothing better than putting on an outfit that isn't typically you, but feeling wonderful in it!xx

    Lucy | www.lucy-cole.co.uk

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    1. Thanks so much Lucy! Definitely - I love that feeling! xx

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  2. You look amazing in this outfit Amy, and it really suits you but I totally get war you mean about just trying to find things you love and not thinking about what suits 'you'. I find the whole concept of 'style' SO hard to get my head around, I just feel like the least fashionable person ever and that I will never be put together! xxx

    www.natalieleanne.com

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    1. Thank you so much lovely, you are definitely not the least fashionable person ever! Fashion is just what you make it anyway :) xx

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  3. Looking absolutely gorgeous!

    x Mariya
    www.brunetteondemand.com

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  4. What awesome trousers and I'm so glad you decided to buy them, they look so chic with the red heels!!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

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    1. Thanks Rosanna, I was so pleased with both of them! xx

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  5. Amyyyy I absolutely LOVE this outfit! The trousers are awesome (and not that it matters what's 'flattering' but I actually they they are super 'flattering') and look amazing with those insane shoes. I definitely want to get out of my comfort zone a little more with style this year, I feel like I do try lots of different things and have a few different 'styles' but there are still things I am drawn to but feel like I cant wear which is silly. It definitely paid off for you here, love this set of photos xxx

    Sophie | Sophar So Good

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    1. I think you are definitely good at trying out different things so heres to trying out even more this year! xx

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  6. You look gorgeous! Love that coat (:

    CM | XIII.

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    1. Thank you so much, it's such an oldie! x

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  7. Wow love the look especially the shoes! And you will get so much wear out of the trousers they look a really nice shape. It's good that you pushed yourself out of the comfort zone. Gemma x
    www.jacquardflower.uk

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    1. Thanks so much Gemma, the shoes are gorgeous aren't they! xx

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  8. I really really loved this outfit now, so you left your comfort zone - and in such a good way! Loved the harem pants (I guess you were right with harem) and the bag - it's not tacky! The coat is really nice and I will take a look at the first post :) Loooooved the shoes too! You look really beautiful and you got all right with your outfit - the colour scheme is perfect! I may give it a try to Asos not refining my search! :) Hope you have a beautiful day!
    DenisesPlanet.com

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    1. Thanks Denise! It takes a while not refining your search but it really paid off! xx

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  9. Love how you've decided to step out of your fashion comfort zone, Amy! You make a great point about personal style not meaning sticking to just one style. It means wearing what you want, when you want! :)

    aglassofice.com
    x

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    1. Thanks Gabrielle, it definitely does mean whatever you want doesn't it! xx

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  10. What a gorgeous outfit, you look amazing!! I always worry about stepping out of my fashion comfort zone, but you've proven its worth the jump - you look fab!!
    Charlotte-Nichole
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    1. Thank you so much! It's definitely worth the jump :) xx

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  11. Thank God for ASOS easy returns hahahaha! One of the reasons why I love them so much. Hassle free. I actually love that bag. It's different and in a good way. Lately I've been seeing so many of those omgineedtohavethisnow type pieces. 2017 was filled with them. I'm trying to break the habit for 2018 because a lot of those pieces ended up sitting in my wardrobe unused.

    Sxx
    daringcoco.com

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    1. Yes I totally agree! Definitely agree I need to not leave things in my wardrobe unused xx

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  12. I love the way you paired old favourites with your new pieces! And I know what you mean about personal style - you want to try new things so you don't feel you're in a rut with your style. It's been a while since I tried anything new actually, you've given me something to think about :)

    Hope that you are having a lovely weekend! Another extreme weather weekend here. So hot, we are staying near the air conditioner.

    Away From The Blue Blog

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    1. Aw well I hope this has inspired you to try something new! So weird that it's so hot for you, I'm kind of jealous but sounds like it's not nice hot! xx

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  13. I love this look, the trousers are amazing! I can relate to what you're saying about personal style - recently all I've worn is black trousers and jumpers and even though I love that combination, I really want to be more adventurous. For me it's not so much stepping out my comfort zone as actually taking the time out of my day to properly think what I feel like wearing - I think fashion is great form of self expression and I really want to dedicate more time to it xx

    113thingstosay.com

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    1. Yeah sometimes it's definitely because I don't have time to think about an outfit so just throw something on (I'm actually wearing black trousers and a jumper today haha) xx

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  14. you look amazing girl!! I just love how casually you put that coat over your shoulder! stylish icon xx

    http://www.elegantduchess.com/2018/01/12/red-black-midi-pencil-work-dress-elegant-duchess/

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