Posts Tagged: comfort zone

How to Step Outside Your Sartorial Comfort Zone

fashion comfort zone

I’ve written several times and at great length about my fears of androgynous dressing, but I believe I’ve made great strides in the past few years. In fact, my entire style has shifted toward more tomboyish, androgynous looks in some ways, though there are still links to my old style which relied on heels and full skirts. Making the switch from one style to the other pushed me pretty far outside my sartorial comfort zone for a long time.

Some people are perfectly happy to locate their zone, create a wardrobe that works within that zone, and dress impeccably within its parameters. Not a thing wrong with that … until you get bored, or feel stagnant, or just want to explore. It’s all down to your preferences and choices. So if you’re currently feeling a bit stylistically restless but unsure how to reach beyond your established looks into more challenging ones, here are a few ways to test the waters: read more

Originally posted 2012-01-26 06:15:56.

Reader Request: Modernizing Boot Cut Jeans

How to wear boot cut jeans

Anne had this great request:

So, I’ve tried the skinny jeans – they’re not all that great on me. Boyfriend jeans make me look kind of stumpy. Boot legs jeans are really the best fit for me but they’ve been around for quite a while. How do you make them look fresh?

I believe I own a pair of boot cuts, but they aren’t exactly my go-to. I do denim bottoms but they’re frequently stand-ins for leggings and therefore skin-tight and paired with tunics. I firmly believe that boot cuts are a classic style, great on many figures, and well worth wearing despite skinnies being more prevalent. But I’m going to have to look to my blogging friends for some contemporary bootcut inspiration. read more

Originally posted 2012-07-12 06:20:51.

Clothing Commentary

style comments

Oh, how I love this skirt. It’s romantic yet funky, playful yet sophisticated, and ever so fun to wear. It’s also, in essence, a grown-up version of a tutu. And whenever I wore it to the office, whenever I wear it now, it draws lots of comments. Lots of curiosity. It’s an attention-grabber, and causes people to come out of the woodwork to share their thoughts.

And no one has ever said anything nasty about it. Not directly to me, anyway. And I’m able to field whatever questions and opinions get thrown at me, no problem. But I’ve had years of practice and given it loads of thought. And several readers have mentioned that they love the idea of dressing smartly and stylishly, but worry about how peers will react. Specifically how often peers may comment upon or question any noticeable changes in personal style. So I thought I’d offer up a few suggestions for dealing with clothing and style commentary from your peer group. read more

Originally posted 2012-04-30 06:16:37.