January 15, 2010


    I spent the day feeling great from the waist up today.  From the waist down, my outfit didn't really wow me.  I think its the shoes.  Even though I love these shoes, they just weren't on the same wavelength as the rest of my outfit.  When I got dressed in the morning I knew I wanted to be comfy.  that's why I grabbed my big comfy cardigan, jeans and pumas.  What I didn't expect was that with the addition of a necklace and earrings this outfit would end up being dressier than expected.  Even the dark blue nailpolish contributed to the dressiness.  I guess the pumas were the weakest link and didn't match the surprising dressiness of the rest of the outfit. If I had a do-over button, I would have grabbed boots instead of the Pumas, but such is life.  
    This brings me to the topic of why post the pictures.  No one makes me post pictures of myself when I look icky.  So why do it?  I do it because I grow from the experience.  I have learned that if you're willing to put yourself out there, people are very nice and helpful.  And the only way to grow is by putting yourself out there.  Sure I could pretend all of my outfits are perfect when I put them together and tweak them endlessly until I get the perfect outfit and only THEN take pictures.  But that would make this blog boring.  And I really hope I'm not boring.  So I take pictures of myself even when I look lumpy, when I'm not 100% put together, when my outfits aren't exactly a cohesive unit.  But I'm ok with that.  I (now) have enough confidence to go ahead and put myself out there, knowing that I may not be everyone's cup of tea, but happy in the knowledge that I have enough courage to keep on doing it.   
    Do you feel pressured to come up with perfect outfits all the time?  How do you deal with the inevitable non-cute outfit or the less than flattering pictures?

The Details:
Cardigan: Target
T-shirt: H&M
Jeans: Old Navy
Shoes: Puma
Belt: Target
Necklace: Consignment shop
Earrings: Blue Nile



La Historiadora de Moda said...

I also post outfits that I think are duds. You are exactly right that this is such a learning process. I don't feel pressured to create perfect outfits, but I do feel pressured to not repeat outfits the way I often did before I began blogging. I also do feel that there is some incentive to push my style boundaries.

Cafe Fashionista said...

Oh, I cannot stand when my outfit is a dud! Typically, I'll realize it before I leave the house and change. There have been times when I've left the house and felt lethargic and down all day simply because I was unhappy with my look du jour. It's not that I feel pressured to look fabulous when I leave the house; I just find that looking fabulous makes me feel fabulous - it's a definite confidence booster!! :)

Nika said...

You look great. This is a cute outfit.

I do feel pressured at times, but I just tell myself that some outfits will be better than others.

A-C said...

Thanks Nika! It's not that I don't think its cute, its just that its not a cohesive outfit (in my mind). It felt like I was super dressy from the waist up and kind of schlumpy from the waist down.

Cafe Fashionista--I think there's a difference between an outfit being a dud and an outfit not being perfect. For example wearing a pair of boots would have "fixed" this outfit. But a dud (to me anyway) would be something I wouldn't wear ever again.

LHdM--I also feel this crazy pressure to not repeat outfits. Even repeating pieces feels weird. I think "Will someone notice? Do they think I don't do laundry?" etc. But then I remember that "they" aren't in my home to do my laundry or to keep everything else under control, so repeating things or outfits isn't the end of the world.

Leia said...

You are so cute! :)

A-C said...

Aww! thanks Leia!

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