Rocking Clothes Outside of Your Comfort Zone

Thanks to Cadorah for sending me this top to try out! Of course, all opinions are my own <3 Also some of the links in this post are affiliate links, which means if you click or make a purchase I get a few cents back. Thank you for your support!

Pairing over the knee boots with a skater skirt and tights is the perfect way to wear your mini skirts in the winter. Tuck in a long sleeve top or sweatshirt and add a scarf or jacket if you need it! Click through for details on this look and for tips on how to style a piece that is outside your comfort zone. Pairing over the knee boots with a skater skirt and tights is the perfect way to wear your mini skirts in the winter. Tuck in a long sleeve top or sweatshirt and add a scarf or jacket if you need it! Click through for details on this look and for tips on how to style a piece that is outside your comfort zone. Pairing over the knee boots with a skater skirt and tights is the perfect way to wear your mini skirts in the winter. Tuck in a long sleeve top or sweatshirt and add a scarf or jacket if you need it! Click through for details on this look and for tips on how to style a piece that is outside your comfort zone. Pairing over the knee boots with a skater skirt and tights is the perfect way to wear your mini skirts in the winter. Tuck in a long sleeve top or sweatshirt and add a scarf or jacket if you need it! Click through for details on this look and for tips on how to style a piece that is outside your comfort zone. Pairing over the knee boots with a skater skirt and tights is the perfect way to wear your mini skirts in the winter. Tuck in a long sleeve top or sweatshirt and add a scarf or jacket if you need it! Click through for details on this look and for tips on how to style a piece that is outside your comfort zone. Pairing over the knee boots with a skater skirt and tights is the perfect way to wear your mini skirts in the winter. Tuck in a long sleeve top or sweatshirt and add a scarf or jacket if you need it! Click through for details on this look and for tips on how to style a piece that is outside your comfort zone. Pairing over the knee boots with a skater skirt and tights is the perfect way to wear your mini skirts in the winter. Tuck in a long sleeve top or sweatshirt and add a scarf or jacket if you need it! Click through for details on this look and for tips on how to style a piece that is outside your comfort zone.

Top: Cadorah (available here, for reference I’m wearing a Medium) | Skirt: Boohoo ($14; exact available here) | Tights are so old I didn’t know I had them… | OTK Boots: Boohoo (exact available here – make sure to get them when they’re 50% off because Boohoo has sales all the time) | Lips: NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Brooklyn Thorn ($6.99; exact available here) | Photos by Dallastyle

When I saw this sequined lace top from Cadorah, I just knew I had to have it. I think most people would style it with jeans and riding boots (which is honestly such an easy/perfect look for the cool seasons), but that’s just not “me.” So I started racking my brain to figure out how to style this but still have it fit my look. I went through a bit of a process and realized this might be something you struggle with, too! So here are some tips for styling a piece that might not fit into your normal “look!”

  1. Figure out what’s not “you” about it – Is it outside your normal color scheme? A pattern you don’t normally gravitate towards? Is it ultra preppy? Too edgy? Make note of what doesn’t fit your normal style.
  2. Make up for the lack of “you” by doubling down on the rest of the outfit – If a piece doesn’t feel “edgy” enough, make sure to edge it up with the rest of the look! That’s exactly what I did by adding patterned tights and thigh high boots to this look. If it’s too girly, add more masculine combat boots and/or a utility jacket. If it feels too preppy, grunge out the look with distressed jeans…you get the idea.
  3. Change up the silhouette if you want – Get creative by adding a belt or, like I did, tuck in a shirt you wouldn’t normally tuck. If you put something on and it doesn’t feel quite right, don’t limit yourself to that silhouette! Do what you can to feel more comfortable.
  4. Add a “signature piece” or something that really defines your look – I knew that adding some over the knee boots would instantly make this look feel more “me.” Even though I haven’t had my OTK boots very long, I know they’re something that really fits into my normal wardrobe and they’re the perfect combo of edgy and feminine. 

I guess what I’m saying is….even if you have a strict personal style, that doesn’t mean you can’t venture outside it every once in a while! Just follow my four tips above to make sure you still feel like yourself and werk it.

xoxo
Valery

PS a HUGE shoutout to Nicole for helping me come up with a title of this post because I was struggling….

6 thoughts on “Rocking Clothes Outside of Your Comfort Zone

  1. I super love this post! I was really excited about it when you storied it last night, which is why I was so dedicated to helping with a title. I really like your tip about silhouette. That’s something I either forget to do, or sometimes do instinctually without realizing it’s a tool to make something feel more “me.” Also, I just freaking love this outfit! Your OTK boots are killer. I was working on an outfit recently with thigh-high socks that was looking off, and you just helped me realize that patterned tights are the answer to making it work! Pumped to go home and try it on.

    1. Thank you so much!!! I really struggled with writing it, so I’m really happy it turned it out well. The silhouette thing is something I forget a lot too – I’m kind of surprised I thought about it with this look, especially since it’s not a top I would normally tuck. I was just really determined to wear the OTK boots haha. I can’t wait to see your thigh high look!!! Patterned tights really help if the bare legs just don’t look right for the outfit! <3

  2. You nailed it! I wouldn’t even give this top a second thought that it wasn’t “you”. I love your tips, too. Sometimes I buy items that seem way to preppy and I’m like, what the heck do I do with you? I will keep your ideas in mind. Thanks, Valery!

    Hannah | The Outfit Repeater

    1. I hate it when that happens but you are the QUEEN at styling so I’m sure you can make them work! I definitely end up with more “out of character” stuff when I thrift, I think I just get overly excited lol.

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