Breaking Boundaries – Facing your Fashion Fears

Hello everyone!

Welcome back to my blog and I hope you are doing well. Today I want to do a fashion based post and would like to talk about being body confident and stepping out of your comfort zone by exploring different fashion styles. This for me, personally, is only something I have started doing quite recently and in all honesty, I wish I had done it sooner. I wish had been more confident with my body and who I am and I really wished that I had pushed boundaries and tried different fashion styles.

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you will know that I have done a couple of blog posts talking about body confidence and I have shared some of my struggles and experiences. First thing I would like to say is that developing body confidence is a process and it takes time. It definitely does not just happen overnight and it can at times be tough and very challenging. So, I really just want you to understand that it is a long process and it takes time and commitment and at times you are going to want to give up or you are going to have bad days where you don’t feel so good about yourself and that is completely normal and it is okay. I don’t think there is anyone who 100% loves everything about themselves and don’t have insecurities but it is about having the ability to accept your flaws and be positive about your body and accentuate the parts you love.

So, a couple years back I struggled with body confidence probably more than I ever had and this led to be me being very self-conscious all the time. I didn’t dare to try new styles or try different items of clothing at all.  All I wanted to do was to cover up and hope people didn’t pay attention to my body. You see, I didn’t have the body that everyone sees on Instagram (although I am so thankful now that people are a lot braver and stronger to showcase different body types on social because in all honesty it so important,because as humans we are unique and beautiful in our own way.) Seeing these images of lovely slim looking girls with beautifully toned abs and nice bums made me feels so insecure because I wasn’t slim. I wasn’t a size 6/8 and I didn’t have really nice toned abs.  Social media, I believe is so great is so many aspects and I love it and I am always on it every single day but honestly you have to take what you see with a pinch of salt. Nobody has the perfect life and nobody is happy all the time and sometimes people have bad days and low self-confidence but social media never portrays that. Not that social media is fake because I would argue that it rather showcases people’s highlights and their best/most positive moments. It showcases people being body confident and experimenting with different styles. However, it took me a while to realise this and for quite some time I unfortunately was a victim consumed in social media and body image.

Looking back now, I realise just how much I struggled, although at the time I never said anything to anyone. I became very uncreative with my outfits and I lacked any sort of inspiration or desire to try the latest styles or wear whatever I wanted. I thought I couldn’t wear what everyone else was wearing because my body wasn’t the same. WRONG! I could and I can wear whatever I want to and whatever I like to because it is my body and I shouldn’t be ashamed of it or be ashamed of who I am.

I used to always wear jumpers or long sleeve tops to cover my arms and hide my stomach. I would never wear anything but jeans because I never wanted my legs out. I pretty much just tried to cover up as much as possible. I wouldn’t wear anything tight-fitting either. I hardly ever wore a dress or a skirt and I never wore crop tops, bikinis or bodycon dresses. I would never, ever dream of wearing anything like that at all! Now though I am a completely different person.

I have learned to accept and love my body shape. I love my curves now and I love accentuating that. I love wearing crop tops with high waisted jeans and I am obsessed with wearing high-waisted denim skirts. I Now wear swimsuits and bikinis and will go swimming in public. If I am going on a night out or to an event I will wear that tight-fitting bodycon dress with heels and I love it. I feel so free and happy with what I wear. It’s GREAT!  Life is genuinely far too short to not do the things that makes you happy. If you want to wear a crop top, wear one! If you want to wear a skirt or some high heels, wear them! Wear whatever makes you feel happy and comfortable and don’t be afraid to try something new.

Of course, like I said earlier, it takes time to build up body confidence and it won’t happen automatically. That is completely fine! It took me a while to get where I am today but now I am so happy and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere different. Fashion is about being creative and exploring different styles and venturing out and being a little different because at the end of the day, it would be boring if we all wore them same things! Pick up those bright colours, try a different style of jeans or tops. Have fun with what you are wearing and don’t give yourself any limits. It’s never too late to try a new style and have fun with your outfits. Just challenge yourself like at Dia&Co and their Friday initiative, where they encourage all of their staff to try a new style every Friday and face their fashion fears. Once a week try a different item of clothing, one which isn’t typically your style and is out of comfort zone. Honestly, you will have wished that you would have started sooner!

Anyway, that’s it for today’s fashion post. I really hope that you have enjoyed this and found it somewhat inspiring and useful. I always find it reassuring to know that other people have had similar experiences to me or at some point in their life have felt the way that I have. Thank you all for reading, I do appreciate it and of course don’t forget to leave me a comment telling me how you are facing your fashion fears. What do you now wear which you never use to feel comfortable doing so? I will see you all very soon! Much love,

Lizzie X

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