Fashion is a funny thing. And by funny I mean a bit confusing at times. This season more than ever I’ve really noticed the catwalk trends overpowering the highstreet, making it pretty difficult to avoid if you aren’t into them or they don’t suit your body shape. While I like to think I make a lot of my own choices when it comes to purchasing clothes, I can’t help but be influenced by what I see on Instagram – weird to think it would have been magazines a few years ago – and often end up with a lot of social-media-influenced items in my wardrobe. Having said that, I did buy this Topshop tea dress before I read this article. See, sometimes I’m the one leading the trends! I must admit some days I’ll be in full on head-to-toe black and I’m sure passers by think I’m on my way to a funeral but that’s a story for another day.
Anyway, inspired by a rather out of character outfit (I literally never wear red) I wore recently, I thought it would be fun to do a little round up of 5 style promises I’ve made to myself which I intend to keep forevermore…or while I remember to. I’ve been very lucky to be working with Banbury Gateway Shopping Park over the last few weeks and it’s really given me the chance to step out of my comfort zone and try new styles and today I want to give this off the shoulder Primark top the limelight.
1. To be braver
I tend to get stuck in a rut of buying endless frilly white tops during this time of the year because I know they’ll suit me and go with everything. However I’m determined to try out new fabrics and cuts to see how they look and see what the reaction is. I know it doesn’t necessarily matter what other people think but it will give me more confidence to try different styles if people compliment them when I do. For example, this outfit was completely out of my comfort zone by pairing all of the items together but I loved it!
2. To try before I buy
I find one of the easiest ways to experiment with my style is to physically go in the shops and pick up items I like the look of but wouldn’t normally choose for myself. That’s what I’ve loved about working with Banbury Gateway because it’s made me really scour the shops and try on lots of different things so I could show you guys. Just make sure you allow yourself a good chunk of time for this, rushed shopping never leads to good decisions! To be perfectly honest, I’m more of a solo shopper because I can spend however long I want in each shop and cover all areas.
3. Wear more accessories
In my latest video I mention that I’m much more of a watch girl than a lots of jewellery kind of girl. Even jewellery on guys I dislike, I’m not sure what it is about it! Obviously I’d make an exception for diamonds but generally speaking I prefer simple accessories. I already wear earrings quite frequently but I really want to amp up my accessory game with some statement necklaces, a bracelet or two and maybe a choker. Not all in one go of course.
4. Only buy clothes that make me feel really good
This is my life motto in general (hence the peanut butter Ben’s Cookie) but it can also be applied here. From now on I’m only going to keep clothes in my wardrobe that make me feel happy and comfortable in my own skin. There’s nothing worse than not feeling good about the way you look and it’s not a vanity thing. If I don’t have that sense of ease within myself, it affects every aspect of my day.
5. Be unapologetically myself
Instead of thinking ‘maybe I shouldn’t have had that cookie and those jeans would look better on me’ like I just did, I’m going to try approving of myself. No one should feel bad about giving themselves a compliment, you don’t even have to say it out loud, just look at yourself in the mirror and mentally say ‘you look really lovely today’ or something that makes you feel positive. I’m not ashamed to say I really liked the way this outfit came together and I’m a little bit in love with this River Island cross body bag. It’s the perfect size and sits in exactly the right place on my body. Annoyingly it’s now sold out online but I’ve linked the girl’s version at the end of this post, just in case!
So those are my five style ‘resolutions’, I hope you have taken some inspiration from this post and my other recent fashion ones. I’m really enjoying sharing more fashion related content on here! Maybe it would be easier if I only wore pink and white and then my Instagram theme would be on point (I don’t know how some people do it) but then where’s the fun in that?
SHOP MY OUTFIT
Note: the loafers and top are both from Primark so I can’t link them but have found similar items above!
Catch up on my new monthly fashion hauls with my first spring highstreet edition below!
*This post was sponsored by Banbury Gateway but all opinions are my own.