Do you sometimes find yourself considering particular pieces because someone else (maybe a sales associate or a trendy co-worker) keeps insisting you “should” have them?? Like a pair of classic black trousers that “work with everything,” for example…or a denim skirt because – hey! – everyone else in the whole wide world is wearing one!?
I may have four years of personal style blogging (and a lifetime of shopping!) experience under my belt, but that hardly means it doesn’t still occasionally happen to me. And I’m going to use those black trousers and the denim skirt that I mentioned above to illustrate two sides of how this generally accepted idea of wardrobe “must haves” is perhaps not all it’s cracked up to be!!
My regular visitors will know by now that when it comes to colour, I love me some black….so you’d think a pair of good ol’ plain black pants would be a no-brainer. And yet I just know I’d never wear them!! Black jeans and black leather leggings are a different story due to their inherent edginess; which leaves “basic” black bottoms with no place in my outfit arsenal!!
The denim skirt scenario, on the other hand, has been a whole different experience for me. I can’t seem to get it out of my head that I “need” one…and you’ve seen various versions of them appear here since way back when I started my blog. I’ve tried long ones, short ones, distressed ones, and tailored ones; but the only iteration that hasn’t cycled right back out of my wardrobe is a black (of course!) denim pencil skirt. It’s probably time to concede that while I’m definitely a jeans girl, I’m apparently not really a jeans skirt kind of girl!!
If there’s a lesson here, it’s always this – wear what you want. Experiment with silhouettes and colours and trends you’re unsure of…but stick to your guns when you know it’s simply not right for you. And remember that the one and only thing anyone’s personal style ever should be is a “work in progress!!”