WAYS I'VE LEARNT TO LOVE MY STYLE.

3.8.20

For someone who's never felt comfortable with her 'personal' style; I've somehow found myself gravitating towards the *fashion blogger* category recently. 

...And although that statement kind of blows my mind, I'd always hoped that one day I could branch out into this style of blogging, and truth be told, I love it. 

Ways I've learn to love my style - sarahlaublogs
Ways I've learn to love my style - sarahlaublogs

I'm under no illusions that my style is to everyones taste and quite frankly I wont be surprised if no-one reads these posts, but I'm enjoying what I'm doing - so I shall continue. 

The original concept for this post was to share how I've changed my style over the years, how I've found confidence to wear whatever the hell I want and finding the fun in experimenting with my wardrobe. But truth be told, I don't think my style has changed quite that drastically and I don't know where the sudden confidence has come from - instead I think for a girl in my late 20's, with so many other things in life out of my control, I've developed a *fuck it* attitude. 

THAT TOP YOU HAVEN'T WORN IN THREE YEARS, THROW IT OUT. 

A weird way I've started to enjoy my style a little more is from several de-cluttering attempts, whilst some days when I promise I'll throw everything out becomes more of a sentimental search through my bedroom. Going through my wardrobe means I notice more about the clothes I love vs the ones I hate - knowing which pieces suit my body type and inevitably on my next shopping trip I have more of an idea of what items to try on and the items I know I should avoid. 

I'm quite the hoarder when it comes to my clothing and it takes some encouragement when I'm clearing out my wardrobe and over the years I've adapted Emily Gilmore's (actually, I think it was Marie Kondo but GG introduced me to it okay...) attitude of if it doesn't bring you joy, throw it out. 

Something I should add here: I've also got out of the habit of keeping clothes *incase* they suit me in a couple months time, because let's be honest...if I don't like it now, I won't like it in 6 months time. 

Ways I've learn to love my style - sarahlaublogs

DON'T BE SCARED TO EXPERIMENT. 

Let's be honest, my choices are very *safe* and for the majority of the week you'll find me in jeans and a t-shirt, for comfort - obviously. For years I've always been fearful of taking advantage of the abundance of patterns in my wardrobe, not wearing my favourites pieces incase they're too 'daring' and being absolutely heartbroken when I then throw them out. 

I'm having to be a little more mindful when I'm shopping and making purchase decision based on whether I have at least 2 other items in my wardrobe that it'll work well with - but (and I think this is from trying to create more fashion content) I often shop my own stash to gather more 'content' worthy outfits and eventually I've fallen in love the combinations I've started to create.

{note: this outfit is a teenager dream and I'm so glad I felt confident enough to bring out a little bit of my emo feels into this outfit choice.} 

FOLLOW PEOPLE WITH A SIMILAR STYLE. 

I've been following content creators and other fashion bloggers for *years* and shamefully it wasn't until recently that I realised I need to redirect the content I'm following - instead of following the creators and style I think I *should* be following to fit into a certain niche. 

I've slowly started to rework who I follow online, learning to appreciate a style I know isn't suited for me but also finding other creators who radiate the style I've been longing for. From changing who I see on my news feed, finding different brands and even attempting to be more sustainable with my shopping (hello, charity shops, depop and IG sales), I am able to learn more about what I feel most confident in.  

Ways I've learn to love my style - sarahlaublogs

I don't know what irritates me more the fact that it's taken years of trial and error or the fact it's taken me until the age of 27 to finally not give a fuck about other peoples thoughts on how I dress. 

Without a doubt I'm still taking baby steps when it comes to learning how to love my style, I'm still learning how to adapt to experimenting and being confident in my decision and other days I'm still sticking to choosing comfort over *fas-hun* and I'm okay with that. 

If you haven't already noticed in currently in the process of rebranding my website and I'm hoping this means that over time I'm able to be more creative in terms of sharing my style and having a lot more fun with the content I'm creating online - J and I went out last week and shot some really *out of my comfort zone* photographys and omg, I'm so excited for you to see it! 

How have you found a way of loving your style? 

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