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Stepping Out


I definitely have a comfort zone that I fall into quite often. Friends tease that I'm always visiting the same spots for pictures or driving to a further store instead of exploring similar options closer to my house. My parents probably worry that I don't eat enough vegetables or general variety because I have a small catalogue of familiar recipes that I repeat on a near weekly basis. When faced with social situations and meeting new people I always default to telling people I'm an introvert and awkward, but that's just a way of setting up low social standards instead of making more of an effort to get out of my shell. I have excuses ready for every one of my comfort zones and they're legitimate in their own way. I am an introvert, so parties exhaust me. Cooking new recipes in appropriate portions for one person can be tricky and I hate wasting food. I've only just lived in Pennsylvania for a year now and switched from one house to a second in that period, so I'm still getting to know the area and it can be intimidating to wander through very abandoned locations by yourself. There are reasons we do the things we do repeatedly, but there are also reasons to branch out. So, I spend hours on tastespotting, say "yes" to invitations from friends before I have a chance to unnerve myself, and get advice on places to visit. Baby steps.
Style-wise I also hate this idea of a comfort zone. I want friends saying "wow that's new" rather than questioning, "have I seen that before..?" Because usually they have seen it before--in a different color or fabric. I know what I feel good in, things I think flatter my shape and will be worn again and again. It's a good thing knowing yourself, but part of the trick is to realize your tendencies so you can fight against them every so often. Enter this dress by Milly. It was on sale and I largely think I bought it because it didn't look like anything else in my closet...and I hoped the green/teal part would match my hair perfectly. I was off by a couple of shades on the color, but the dress does feel drastically different than my usual style. And since I'm completely self-conscious in it and overly aware of each part that could use some personal tailoring, it's safe to say I'm out of my comfort zone.

Outfit details:
vintage barrettes
customized cardigan

14 comments:

Sonya Mann said...

I love that you paired the silly/scary cardigan with such a neat, classy dress.

Re: comfort zones--you seem to do a good job of making sure you get out of 'em every so often :)

My Hideaway said...

Glad you went with the cardigan and not a jacket for those hands. It's wrong in a really good way, if that makes sense. Also, love the print on the dress a lot. And laughed about the excuses at the ready, because yep. :)

stephanie said...
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stephanie said...

i adore every aspect of this outfit! :)

Alexandra Marie said...

That dress looks awesome with your blue hair! Alex

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Rhiannon Lorenzo said...

this look is so gorgeous!

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Marie @ Lemondrop Vintage said...

vintage barrettes? genius.

pghbekka said...

The teal may not quite match your hair, but that dress looks like it was made just for you! I love the whole look.

MarieBayArea said...

You are so adventurous these days. It's really working for you. Love this dress, silhouette, and bold print on you.

Shannon Willardson said...

OOOOHH! I love that dress!

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Anonymous said...

I find it hard to believe you are out of your comfort zone - I think this dress looks fantastic on you! I especially like the second picture - the look on your face, the bold colours of the dress, you look very confident in your discomfort!

Daniela Chimal said...

Lovely dress and your hair looks so beautiful :)
i think that I feel similar things, i have my routins in food, movies, t.v., places and in parties... I also have conflicts for new new people, but i'm working on it jeje

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Sarah from theduckandtheowl said...

Those monster hands are to die for :)

Jamie Rose said...

I think this dress looks incredibly cool on you. The colors are wonderful with your hair color and the shape of the dress looks great! Sometimes it's really good to step outside of your comfort zone.