I'm 5ft4 and I often shout about that fact.
However, it doesn't stop people commenting on how much shorter I am in real life. I know, I know, I look taller in my snaps, that's the sheer beauty of photography, you can trick the camera into making you look all kinds of different, yes, you're right my life is a lie.
Well, not all my life. Just the fact that I'm actually almost pocket sized, yet in the photographs I share I look at least 5ft7, genius ey!?
But despite me often looking taller, I'm actually pretty happy to be shorter than the average joe and whilst it has been something that has bothered me for many years, I've decided to embrace my short legs and even shorter body and just bloody roll with it.
There are SO many tips and tricks I could give for tricking the camera into thinking you were a heck load taller, slimmer and a touch more attractive than you actually are, if thats what you fancy (let me know if you'd like to read more on these) but today I want to discuss the whole embracing yourself and who you are, flaws and all.
I use the term flaws lightly, because I don't actually believe that any of us have flaws when it comes to the way we look. We're all different and thats what makes us beautiful. It's taken me some time to get here don't get me wrong, I used to compare myself to others on the reg, but now, in 2018 at the ripe old age of 25, I've found peace with myself and the way I look, short little curvy legs and all.
For as long as I can remember I've always opted for a platform or a heel of some sort. And whilst they'll always be my secret weapon when I'm needing to feel my most sassy self, (see last week's post for more on this) comfort is something I'm leaning towards more and more these days.
I want to feel confident yes, but I want to be comfortable more, two things that I think really should go hand in hand don't you? When you're comfortable you're confident and vice versa, so Converse and flat yet oh-so chunky ankle boots are my vice lately.
Even with figure sculpting jeans such as the humble bootleg, these being from Next, I decided to throw caution to the wind and my previous styling thought process and rock them with a pair of fresh out of the box Converse high-tops (RIP 12 year old babies) to embrace my height and show you what I really bloody look like sans heels.
I have a lot of love for a bootleg jean; Not only is it totes nostalgic for me as it was my trouser and jean shape of choice throughout the nineties, but I find it often gets overlooked for more relaxed shapes, I've always loved an underdog. But with the latest denim trends throwing shade to relaxed fits and distressed finishes in favour for selvedge denim and dark indigo washes, these bootleg babies are just the pair for me.
I'm also suitably impressed that these jeans actually allow me to wear flats with them, they're the perfect length without dragging along the floor which in itself is a minor miracle. However, don't get me wrong I've also worn them with my trusty platform boots too for the ultimate seventies style points (see this look here)
I think at this time of the year it's important to experiment, to revisit your wardrobe and your most loved and unloved items and to shake them up a little bit. To style them with different pieces to create something new altogether (see this post if you need a dose of inspiration) and to go against your styling norms and most importantly to stick a middle finger up to the styling "rules"
And thats exactly what I did with this look today. Not exactly the most on trend or extraordinary get up, but a look that is made up of pieces that I love, yet have neglected in my wardrobe. I was in a little slump, unsure with what to wear and I just started throwing things from my rails and onto my body and this is what I came up with. It's comfy, it's cosy and it's me. It's a look made up of pieces you've seen before, but it's real and I hope you don't mind that not everything is necessarily available for you to pick up.
It's purely here for inspiration, something I'm trying harder to focus on, rather than sharing the NEW NEW NEW with you all the bloody time. I'm really conscious about how much I have and would truly love to live with less, so this is me dipping my toe and sharing something not particularly new, but something that you'll all be able to conjure up using items you already have in your wardrobe.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on this.
Is it 100% vital that you must be able to pick up each exact item that I wear? Or is it okay sometimes to feature older items purely for style inspiration purposes? It's definitely something I'd like your feedback on and something I'd like to explore some more in upcoming posts.
So that was a bit of a brain fart of a post wasn't it. I'm not really sure how I went from being short, to bootleg jeans, to revisiting my wardrobe and a brief look into my thoughts on my own personal consumerism but hey, I sometimes just like to let my fingers do the talking and this is where we've ended up.
As always I'd love to create a discussion in the comments about any of the above topics, I'm keen to hear what you'd like to read more of and I just love having a good ole natter with you lot twice a week!
See ya on Thursday!