A much as I love my style aesthetic, I have always wanted to, at times, step outside my comfort zone. It's not about wanting to move away from how I identify myself, nor the fear of falling into a rut, but more about mixing things up and maybe adding elements to my existing style. Fashion is like make-up: versatile with no restrictions other than those we put on ourselves.
I'd been meaning to try trousers and jeans for a little while; particularly jeans as they can be worn with almost anything and they're so easy to style, it felt like a no brainer to look for jeans first. However, as much as you may plan, sometimes you see something you'd never thought of trying and your pupils go all heart-shaped - enter these trousers, designed by Bethany (of Arched Eyebrow) for Navabi.
Rose Print Blouse: Gozzip for Navabi*
Paperbag Trousers: Arched Eyebrow for Navabi*
Ballerina Flats: New Look^
I'm really not one for trousers but, when Bethany launched her debut collection for Navabi, these trousers were the stand-out piece for me. I loved the colour, I loved the shape, and suddenly I was thinking of ways I could wear them while still feeling good and comfortable. During the launch, Navabi were kind enough to gift us all a piece from the line and I could have so easily gone for one of the many dreamy dresses also in the collection, but I just had to take a punt and get the trousers.
I was really excited to get them and tried them on as soon as they came. However, as much as I loved them I couldn't get the negative nancy out of my head; I couldn't help but think they looked all wrong on me. Not tall enough, thighs too big, tummy too protruding, and all the other negative thoughts that rear their ugly head from time to time (a post on this coming soon), and I couldn't shake them. I couldn't find a top that made me feel good in the trousers, and it was increasingly frustrating knowing how much I wanted to wear them, but also knowing that I wouldn't be happy if I didn't feel comfortable in them. Luckily, Navabi offered me chance to pick an item from their new collections and I went for this blouse from Gozzip.
So next year is looming and I have plans to continue on this route. As much as I want to push myself out of my comfort zone, it's also important to remember that I can take my time and take each step at my own pace. I encourage you to do the same!
You can shop Bethany's collection here.
'til next time!
Love and hugs,
Symbol * denotes a gifted item
Symbol ^ denotes an item no longer available