Being Stuck...

Skirt:  Burlington Coat Factory (similar) //  Top: Forever21  //  Shoes:  Minnetonka  // Necklace: Vintage

I feel like I am stuck.  Like lately I am just settling for the everyday instead of trying to branch out and try something new.  When I find something that works it's not uncommon for me to become obsessive and monotonous with it.  It's kind of like the saying "If it isn't broke, don't fix it," but that's not how I want to live.  I love exploring options and breaking from routine so when I began to notice that most of my wardrobe consisted of high hemmed dresses and button up tops I felt like I needed to start making a solid effort to think outside my own box.

I love little dresses.  I just feel comfortable in them.  Which is so odd really, as in high school you wouldn't see me caught dead in anything other than a band T and a pair of Dickies, but that all seems so foreign to me now.  I enjoy the simplicity of slipping on a dress, paired with some shoes, and being done with it, but that hasn't been the only thing in my bubble becoming mundane.  Even my hair styling (admittedly, something I use to enjoy) has become more of a routine with little creative endeavor to be had.

I think having a signature can be a good thing.  Quirks are what make us unique, while our signature is what makes us recognizable, even when those quirks may change.  I am not sure that I want a whole signature look.  I like variety way too much!  So when I went shopping to stock up on some more, much needed, winter garments I decided to try my hardest to stay away from dresses and blouses as best I could.  I stocked up on quite a few sweaters, jeans, and a jersey maxi skirt all of which are way out of my norm.  For Thanksgiving I decided to pair the two most untypical items for me and see how it all felt.  I paired the jersey skirt with a short sleeved cropped sweater (two of the items I have forever avoided) and paired it all with my Minnetonkas (those I just can't shy away from)!  

It feels good to add some variety, style my hair in a different way, and experiment with my style choices and even though I don't quite feel comfortable yet, at least I have my go to items as a security blanket while I test the waters!  

Do you have a security blanket item(s) that you can't live without?

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  1. It's always important to break out our shells and comfort zones and try something new and different... whether in fashion or in life. I feel you.

  2. Man, I know how that is. I consciously try to mix things up though. If I've worn a skater skirt and blouse 4 times in a row I'll try to wear shorts or pants or something. It's fine to have a signature look but sometimes we just have to try something a little new even if it's not really that apparently different to other people! I never think your style looks boring or anything though. Little dresses are cute and it's okay to wear them a lot!

  3. I think it is great to break out of your mould every so often. I've slipped into the habit of just sticking on my work clothes each day and not thinking beyond that. I definitely want to start mixing stuff up and thinking about what I am wearing again rather than just throwing on the same routine of dress, tights, flats and cardigan.
    Love this outfit on you, the long skirt looks so dramatic and your hair looks gorgeous curled xo

  4. I feel ya. Lately my uniform has been my raw denim jeans (I'm supposed to wear them 6 days a week to break them in), boots, some kind of t-shirt, and a zip up hoodie or cardigan. And since it's cold I've been wearing my scarf almost every day too. Granted, I'm basically living out of a suitcase, so my options are limited, but still. The only time I changed it up was on Thanksgiving. I even wore my hair down instead of in a bun!


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