Hello my fellow readers,
Happy 2016! I have built many New Year’s resolutions, and one of them includes posting more to the blog in order to keep the content flowing. However, it can be quite difficult to do if you’re a full time student, who is striving for quality over quantity. I’d rather wait until my schedule and my photographer’s schedules submerge and bring content that I truly enjoy than shoot some photos I won’t even be proud of by using my tripod and backyard as a backdrop.
Yet, content was not the only New Year’s resolution that I am truly trying to follow this year. One of my resolutions was to break out of my shell, and do what I like, which, of course, includes wearing what I want. If you have noticed in the past several posts, I am mildly expressing myself in my outfits. There were some outfits where I thought to myself: “This is me, and I want my readers to see that.” However, not all of them were on that same level of expressiveness.
I would like to consider myself more of a creative individual rather than a math-oriented person, therefore, I love colors, textures, patters, and experimentation! I love the faux-fur coats, I am slightly obsessed with turtlenecks, and I am on a whole new level of amicability when it comes down to wearing trousers. Yet, jeans, for example, I am not a big fan of. I haven’t owned a standard blue pair of jeans in three years, except for the classic black pair (I am picturing your facial expression after reading this sentence right in this moment). I have never been a big “jean girl”; I have always preferred skirts or classic trousers in contrast to jeans. Besides, I could never find the pair that would suit my preferences and criteria-yes, criteria. I wanted three things to be presented in the ideal pair of jeans: great fit, the right shade of denim (yes, this was a big part of the criteria), and the regular waist line (yes, no low-cuts and no high-waist). After a very deep and constant search, which led to many pairs that would fit under two out of three previously-stated points. Eventually, I found the pair. Guess what was the greatest bonus to it? It was under $20. Yes, you’ve read that right. And no, they did not rip or tear three days after purchase.
Shopping in the United States is the greatest miracle at times: it feels as if you are a kid in the candy store, where everything is either under your parents’ budget or free. Besides, I didn’t just find the perfect pair of jeans; I found the perfect faux fur coat as well. I was really aiming to find one that would make a statement without it breaking my bank and harming animals (as you might have read in this Instagram post comment section, I do not support animal cruelty). Of course, searching for it took some time, but there it was: shipped in to my doorstep by surprise because my mother has actually found it: the dream coat. After some outfit-trying and making black-and-white videos in it to the sounds of Beyonce’s “Who Run The World,” I have decided to break out of my shell and wear it, not just for the photoshoot, but I have actually challenged myself to spend a day in it. Guess what happens when you express yourself? Positivity becomes a part of you and your surroundings, and if someone’s hating on you or your appearance, well, it’s because they are too afraid of stepping out of their “safety box.” Trust me, expressing yourself can feel so good, so if you haven’t done that yet, you’re missing out.
Photography by Vanessa Flores.
Outfit Details: Fur Coat-Asos, Turtleneck-Uniqlo, Jeans-H&M, Boots-Michael Kors, Backpack-Rebecca Minkoff, Bowler Hat-SIX ( Similar Here & Here), “Hand” Ring-Beacon’s Closet (Similar Here; unfortunately, I couldn’t find an identical one), Stacking Rings-H&M (Similar Here & Here).
Thank you so much for reading, and wear what you want!
Sophia for Fashion Caption.