Fashion isn’t for the weak at heart. Shopping can be time-consuming and overwhelming; there are simply just too many choices! Because many of us are busy with kids and husbands and jobs, we often tend to shop at the same stores, buy the same kinds of clothes, and then BAM! we find ourselves smack in the middle of a clothing rut.
As I inch closer and closer to 30, I find myself still dressing like a 20-something college kid. My closet is full of comfortable jeans and t-shirts. I want to dress like an adult and break out of the rut that I’m in, but if I’m being honest, fashion scares the hell out of me. My brain understands things like math where there is one definite answer. Fashion just doesn’t work this way.
For example, the math in my head leads me to believe that skinny legs = skinny jeans, as in, you must have skinny legs to wear skinny jeans. This, friends, is FALSE. Even though I have always been afraid of skinny jeans since I walk on two non-skinny legs. But guess what? It turns out that skinny legs ARE NOT really a requirement for skinny jeans.
Check out some of the other Curvy Girls stepping outside their comfort zones and totally rocking it.
“A dress- eek! Where are my yoga pants? WHERE ARE MY YOGA PANTS!” – Tena
“A dress. With stripes. That hugs all of my problem spots (tummy roll. hips. ShelfAss.)” – Yvonne
“For reasons that include wide swimmer’s shoulders, flabby arm flags, and acne, I hadn’t worn sleeveless shirts or tanks since I was a little kid. That was until my sister told me to get over myself and ‘OWN IT.’” – Angie
“For the first time in 10 years I decided to wear shorts. I can’t promise that I’ll make a habit out of it but I didn’t feel terrible in them and that’s a big step.” – Greis
“I bought this dress and necklace to wear in NYC last summer. I loved them in the store but when I put them on to go out in public I felt like a cross between a ’50s housewife having a luncheon and a 16-year-old girl going to homecoming. I ended up never wearing them. Fortunately they still fit—even at 15 weeks pregnant—with plenty of stretchy room for my ever expanding pregnant belly. And the hoots and whistles from my husband and his band mate when I walked out in the outfit to take the picture made me feel pretty sexy.” – Holly
“I have been wearing the same variation of a black dress with sleeves for any formal even for the past few years…but this dress reminded me that a pop of color (ok fine, a lot of color) can give me the courage to go without sleeves.” – Daisy
“I’m a mom. I live in flip flops and Uggs and even..house slippers. These shoes make me feel sexy, confident and gorgeous. It’s funny how the right pair of heels helped me feel like a woman again.” – Brittany
“This is my first time sporting a trend I’ve been eyeing for a long time — a belt over a dress. I was afraid I wasn’t petite enough to pull it off, but I stepped out of my comfort zone recently and was happily surprised! I found the right belt/dress combo for my figure.” – Nanette
“Red Lipstick. At 32 years old, I bought my first tube of red lipstick. I feel super silly wearing it, and totally self conscious that every one is staring at me.” – Emily
Come share your pictures of you rocking something outside of your comfort zone!
Project Real: Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone
Jen Bradshaw is a work at home, never gets a chance to sit down, organizational freak, mom to two under two. Her life is chaotic, but she’s a glutton for punishment. You can read more from Jen on her blog, JenBShaw.