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Clothes haven’t always been my favorite way to express myself. As a matter of fact, I didn’t care about clothes that much until *after* I graduated college! I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this before, but I always liked wearing cute clothes I just wasn’t great at putting looks together and I didn’t have much of a defined style. I would buy random pieces I liked but I could never quite get “a look” down.
Now the older I get, the more I realize that my clothes are one of my favorite ways to tell people who I am. It’s why I love graphic tees so much – they literally say what I want to say…without me actually having to say it.
But sometimes, clothes are also a great way to hype yourself up, right? They totally can be.
Here’s a fun story…two days before these photos were taken, my husband lost his job. It was VERY unexpected. And in case you’ve forgotten, a few months ago we packed up our entire lives and bought a house in Denver. Our first house, actually. So this isn’t really a great time for one of us to lose an income but hey…such is life, right? I’m sure we’ll be fine but I’m really going through it right now. Also, our five year anniversary is this week and we had to cancel our plans. I’m not telling you this so you’ll feel sad for me – I promise you, we’ll be fine, but I wanted to give some context for this post and this look.
This outfit is actually the only “look” I’ve worn since we got the news. Other than that, it’s been all leggings, sweatpants and tshirts that I’ve worn for days at a time. But I wanted to feel more like myself….even if just for a few hours. So when I was putting together an outfit to wear, I kept that in mind. What did I want to convey to the world about myself?
This outfit reminded me of who I am. I am strong, I am confident, and I can handle whatever challenges life throws at me….and I’m gonna look hella cool while I do it. These legs can handle a ton of weighted squats and they can also get me off the couch when I’ve been there way too long.
This feminist shirt (that I designed!) is a reminder of the person that I am and who I’m fighting for.
My jacket is honestly just a straight up confidence booster. (Almost sold out but they have some other cute ones!)
This skirt is a way to show off a part of my body that I like and that I’ve worked really hard for.
The shoes are comfortable and help ground the look – I feel cool but I don’t have to worry about tripping. I know I can walk in them perfectly, but they’re still going to turn heads. (Don’t they look like Yeezys?! That’s why I bought them, if I’m being honest.)
I think *that* is one of the biggest reasons I love clothes. I love choosing an outfit that tells the world exactly who I am (or who I want to be) that day. And the day these photos were taken, I needed to show the world how powerful I am, even if I didn’t really believe it myself. The next day was hard, today was hard too, but I’m about to get dressed again and I know I’ll feel just a tiny bit better once I do.