As much as I love clothes, I certainly have a distinct taste which has led to a closet full of multiple variations of similar garments. Before picking out this printed dress, I had a striped one in hand when I stopped myself and questioned if I really needed something else with stripes (FYI – reasons 1, 2, and 3 why I don’t, and those are just from this Fall!). So I put back what would have been my fifth striped dress and became determined to find a print that would diversify my collection. This long-sleeve mock neck number from Free People was love at first sight and had me going, “Stripes, who?!” I’m super obsessed with the print and knew it would be perfect for some subtle boho style for Fall.
If you haven’t been able to tell, I’ve been trying to push myself out of my comfort zone a lot lately, both style-wise and personally. By nature, I’m a creature of habit and tend to gravitate towards the familiar. There were two times in my life when I took big risks – first, when I got Cleo (which doesn’t sound like much, but I never had a pet and my apt didn’t allow it so, #rulebreaker) and then of course, when I made the almost split-second decision to move to Raleigh. I think it’s safe to say that both of these risks worked in my favor.
Although choosing a fun print over stripes isn’t exactly life altering, I always remind myself to be up for any challenge, no matter how small the feat, to prevent boredom and essentially live a full (well-dressed) life. My most recent risk, which I shared in last week’s post, is that I’ve started dating someone after being single for over three years. Although he’s super sweet, part of me is absolutely terrified of the situation. Having experienced “the worst that could happen,” in my last relationship, it certainly takes a significant amount of courage for me to simply enjoy his company. The one thing that keeps me strong is knowing that, having gone through what seemed like the worst, I turned out to be alright. Better yet, I became a better person because of it. I’m not sure if I can say the same about some of my past fashion mishaps, but hey, everything is always a learning experience!