Why I've Stopped Thinking About Wearing Clothes That Flatter Me
I grew up in the era of makeover TV shows. Primetime TV often showed middle-aged women being 'transformed' by stylists who taught them how to dress for their body shape - the implication being that there was a right and a wrong way.
And for a long time, I thought that way too. I would opt for clothes that avoided clinging to my hips, or tops that weren't too low to avoid showing my cleavage - and god forbid I show legs & cleavage. But I'm over it.
Why can't I wear a cute and on trend outfit just because it might not be the optimum style for my body? Why shouldn't I wear a jumper that comes to my knees and is obviously too big? Gone are the days where there was a voice dictating the type & style of outfits I should wear, and hello are the days where I wear what I want, when I want.
Which is why this Culotte Set from WearAll is something I'd normally run in the opposite direction to, simply because it wouldn't 'flatter me'. But I love it and felt so confident wearing it. The culotte trousers are so comfortable and look chic without being too over the top. And the blazer is so on trend, even when not worn with the trousers. The print is herringbone so looks fairly subtle from a distance but up close is really vibrant and unique.
Whilst I paired this with a camisole, it would look incredible with a high neck bodysuit and some killer red heels - taking the look from casual to more smart evening wear.
So this is me, turning down the volume of the niggling voice in my head telling me not to try something because it won't flatter me. Because sometimes, you gotta take a risk and if you like it, wear it.