With the spring weather’s long anticipated arrival, I finally feel inspired to climb out of my cocoon of head-to-toe black and gray and start incorporating some fun patterns, colors, and footwear (by the end of the winter season, I am SO over boots!).
Although I’ve sworn off shopping for a time as I attempt to actually wear the clothes that I already have, I couldn’t pass up these fun striped pants that caught my attention in one of my favorite local boutiques, Ethical Clothing in Petaluma. I’m a sucker for stripes and polka dots – they are so whimsical and take the seriousness down a notch.
So, although the color palette is not super colorful in this outfit, the stripe pattern of the pants gives the look a little pizzazz!
One of the reasons I wanted to feature these pants was to encourage a few things:
- Style whimsy
- Fashion courage and risk taking
- Trying new things
- Wearing what you love
The definition of whimsy that resonates with me when it comes to style whimsy is: playful expression.
We can be playful with our style expression. To me, fashion and style are like my grown up toys. Styling outfits shouldn’t feel super serious or heavy. It should be fun to dress, to use your style as a creative outlet. Don’t feel sure about how to incorporate a new accessory, color, pattern that you want to try? My tried and true personal stylist is Google! All you need to do is search for what you are considering or trying to style and you’ll have a multitude of examples to inspire you. Add “street style” or “celebrities” (they pay a lot for their stylists!) at the end of your search to refine it a bit.
Fashion courage and risk taking
Most of us are conditioned to feel vulnerable to others’ judgments and opinions. If we wear that’s different, attention-getting, or unexpected, we feel conspicuous or self-conscious. I used to feel that way. I’m not sure what changed to shift my attitude about my style, but I now embrace incorporating things that are not “run of the mill.” It’s fun to wear things that get noticed because they are a little bit different. I love shoes in styles or colors that pop. I have fun adding standout accessories to my looks. I look for patterns, textures, and prints that are unique in some way.
Trying new things
Fashion is often experimental. If you’re intrigued by something but aren’t sure you will love it, buy a budget version, or ask a friend you trust for her (or his) opinion. Or try that Google “stylist.” Trying a new style component is how you might discover a new thing you love.
Be yourself; everyone else Is already taken. (Or: Wear what you love.)
What do you love? I love stripes (I know, it’s not a surprise), polka dots, pink, fun jackets, unique shoe styles. And I enjoy finding new ways to incorporate these things into my outfits. So it doesn’t matter that I have multiples of striped pieces, I have an opportunity to get creative with mixing in a new color or even wearing stripes with another print or making my shoes the focus of the outfit. The point is, wear what you love. Make it the focus of your outfit or use it as the foundation and add a fun color or a pair your favorite color with an eye catching accessory.
Back to My Striped Pants
In addition to being fun and stripey, these pants are SO comfortable. I couldn’t believe that they simply pull on (no zipper or buttons). Plus there is just the right amount of stretch. It’s my first experience with the brand: Lisette L Montreal and I am a fan.
I hope at least one thing in this post encourages or inspires you to take a step a tiny bit outside your comfort zone. It’s reminded me to do just that. I’m going to focus on some perky color pairings this spring. Try something different. It’s only clothes.