I've written before about personal style and how I love to experiment and mix it up. To me, always dressing in the same style would get boring and predictable. Differering styles means that I sometimes add unexpected touches to an outfit, like biker boots with a girly mini dress, as you've probably seen several times before from my Instagram. How is it though, that some girls, some of my favourite bloggers in fact, look so amazing in literally anything they wear? They look just as good in trackpants and puffa jackets as they do in girly dresses and blazers. They look just as at ease in trainers as they do in high heels. How do they always pull off the cool-girl, effortless look that so many of us crave?
It's because they exude sass (sassy, adj.: lively, bold and full of spirit; cheeky). Basically, it's the milennial way of saying that they exude confidence. They know that they look great, that their style is on point; they have confidence in themselves. So many of us pause and think: wait, but could I pull that off? I used to think this so much. I didn't like to wear skinny jeans much when I was younger because I thought my matchstick legs meant that I couldn't pull them off. I shied away from bright colours because I thought my pale skin meant I couldn't pull them off. That's what I thought before I invested in my first puffa jacket. I'd always been so thin, plus my head is pretty small, so I'd always thought a puffa jacket would look so huge and stupid on me.
And then I did a shoot in one. The whole time throughout the shoot I was telling myself that I looked amazing, I was repeating in my head 'I am strong and confident.' Repeating these mantras every day is a serious game-changer in terms of self-confidence (but more on that in a different blog post). And it genuinely came through. I was surprised at how much I liked the clothes on me, including the puffa I was worried about, because I looked so happy and relaxed in them. I was also shooting with a friend rather than a photographer, which made me feel more at ease. Still, a big part of me liking the photos came down to my sass - in other words, my confidence.
And that's when I realised: if you're confident in yourself, you need never worry about 'pulling off' something ever again. I'd always wondered how so many bloggers, celebrities, and 'It Girls' look great in such daring combos (dresses over trousers being an example I've seen time and time again). Before, I could never have seen these working on myself. But the truth is, if you let your sass do the talking, you could pull off a binbag. Although that's probably not something I'd try at home...
SHOP THE LOOK
A massive thank you to Bobbi Brown for the makeup I used in this look, including:
Bronzer: Shimmer Brick
Mascara: Smokey Eye Mascara