Hello my fellow readers,
It has been a while since I have last sat down behind the glowing screen of my computer, and opened up about things that cross my mind. But, I am back, and I hope you are happy to see this new post.
In my earlier posts, I have mentioned how important experimentation could be. Whether in clothing or in life, it is crucial to change things up. On occasion, you might fall short of wanting to step out of your comfort zone, however, there will come a moment when you will decide “That’s it. I am doing it.”
As someone who is always looking for ways to experiment, especially with the clothes hanging in my closet, I have recently bought a book titled, The Eccentrics. The book, which has the famous Iris Apfel gracing its cover, was the best $25 I have ever spent. It includes some of the most ambitious and original women and men in modern fashion history, such as Iris Apfel, Dita Von Teese, Douglas Little and Jodi Lyn O’Keefe. The book has some of the most simple yet the most powerful quotes I have ever seen in my short lifetime. Yet, The Eccentrics has not only given me the quotes; it has also broken the box I comforted myself in.
You see, when I tell myself that I have to “step out of my comfort zone,” or “play around with my looks,” I am often too doubtful of certain things. I have an amazing tendency to over think, which reflects in everything I do: from the way I dress to the way I take tests at school. And yet, I have to internally battle with myself, and gather the courage to do some things that to some would be considered “silly”.
The Eccentrics made me think about my perspective on life. I tend to take life very seriously, considering every minor detail and every mistake I have ever made. However, when you sit down at the end of the day and truly reflect on everything that has happened, it really does not matter whether you made some silly mistakes in the past because truly, everything you think of that could be considered “silly,” no one really pays attention to but you. Therefore, when you are learning to let go of those things, you start experimenting in life and in your wardrobe.
After reading the book and completing my final round of the notorious Instagram scroll, I thought, “Why not wear a kimono on top of a hoodie?” What seemed to be a “silly” concept at first became embedded in my memory that I could not let go of it until one Sunday morning I took it out of my head and wore it on my body.
I only own one hoodie. And of course, that hoodie is pink. Thus, I went ahead with my plan, put it on and put on my favorite kimono. Suddenly, this minor little thing made me smile. It was something I would never usually let myself wear outside and yet, in that moment, it felt so unexpectedly right.
As “silly” as it might sound, this one little thought of putting two typically “unconventional’ items together and wearing them on the streets of Manhattan has made me feel so happy and comfortable in my own skin that it felt as if I was one pink, cozy hoodie. It really did feel like a “chill Sunday” because I didn’t care for the first time in a long time. I might have hesitated at first, but making that minor step outside of my metaphorical box has made me more confident and more playful, which has slightly influenced my approach to some other things in my life. It’s as if I began trusting myself more, and believing in the power of my own fashion-and-beyond thoughts.
After all, when you sit down at the end of the day, wouldn’t you want to feel confident in your own skin? That’s what that outfit decision did for me. Thus, maybe for you it might be something else, like a haircut or a change in your household, but it will make you feel better, and you will feel more content with yourself and with your life at the end of the day.
Photography by Max Reilly.
Videography by Max Reilly.
Thank you for reading, and experiment away.
Sophia for Fashion Caption.