Black isn’t really a color that has ever featured in my wardrobe. Over the years I have had a few pieces here and there. Lately, I have been more and more drawn to it in the shops, online, and in the magazines. Having pick up a few pieces last week that I can’t wait to share with you. Some more casual styles and others more festive for the holiday season ahead.
I thought I would start with a little classic black and white stripes to get me started. I paired it with favorite new black ripped jeans. Ripped jeans are another firm favorite in my wardrobe but I have never had black ones. I am so in love with these. They are the most comfortable jeans I have ever owned. I think I just didn’t buy a lot of black because I didn’t know how to style it with my entire pastel wardrobe. It’s still a work in progress if I am honest.
I also have never really been a knitwear, kind of girl. I am more your camisoles and blazers or cardigans on top. I don’t like to get really hot and a lot of knitwear makes me itch and I just can’t handle it long enough to make it worth while for fashion. This year I am happy designers finally got the message and I am finding a bunch of knitwears that are soft and cozy without the scratchy aftermath.
Of course, for my first few monochrome outfits I had to have sneaky pop of color somewhere underneath. I love this “dream longer” mustard tshirt. I bought it a little oversized for breastfeeding and I love the cozy baggy style to it with my tight jeans. Just a little peak of it showing with my sweater on or my sweater draped over my shoulders. I love the yellow contrast again the stripes here.
It’s hard finding confidence again after three babies. It’s hard to accept your new body might not be the old body ever again or take sometime to get back to it. I am also finding my style changes less often now that I am adult but I don’t want it to. I think I just get nervous to try a new trend thinking it doesn’t suit me or mostly I get into a what I call a wardrobe rut. It’s where you just wear the same thing over and over. I don’t necessarily mean the same tshirt or jeans over and over (yes, I do that too) but I mean the same core items. The last four years my wardrobe rut was skinny jeans, flats/flipflops, and tank top with blazer/cardigans. I must own 100 blazers and cardigans at least. While this was my “style” I felt like it got boring every day. I long to try long skirts, flowy dresses, leggings and tunics, and more outfit combinations.
So I am breaking away from my comfort zone both in front of the camera and in my wardrobe. I will be sharing my fashion journey here on my blog. A journey that will incorporate my health fitness and diet, losing that last bit of baby weight. A journey that will embrace all colors and styles in the fashion sector and see what new outfit combinations I come up with. A journey that will have me more comfortable in front of the camera and getting rid of those awkward poses and learning what the heck I am supposed to do with my arms when I get my photo taken. It’s always a mystery.
I think my new hair has a lot to answer for my boost in confidence. I don’t know why as it took me a week or so to fall in love with it. Somehow I just feel different in a positive way. It’s made me feel sassy which always helps when you get your photos taken. I think how you feel comes out in your poses every time whether you want it to or not.
It helps to have a friend taken the photos and not a stranger. I am branching out and going to be teaming up with a few photographers and somehow that makes me more nervous. Even though have the fashion photos I love are 50% the person’s outfit and 50% the photographer’s lighting, style and capture, it still feels daunting to pose in front of someone other than my friends. Any tips?
Saving money on my wardrobe is always in the forefront of my mind too. If I am going to change up my styles often and try a bunch of items I haven’t had before I don’t want to be breaking the bank do I? This outfit was scooped up from Matalan at bargain prices. There are so many online shops as well that you can find great bargains. Some of my favorite stores to dig at are TKMaxx, Forever21, Primark, H&M, Matalan and more. Some of my favorite online shops like Asos, Boohoo and Shein are fab too! What’s your favorite shops both online and in store?
I would love to know your opinion on my fashion journey here. Do you want to see more workout gear, holiday outfits, winter knitwear, special occasion outfits here? Do you want me to share my fitness and diet routines for losing baby weight the healthy way? Or a little bit of the entire journey of becoming a happy, confident and healthy person? The latter is a cop out (hahaha) please comment below and let me know what you think?
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I know you usually love pastel colours but these shades really suit you. Grey and pastel pink would look lovely with your black jeans x
This is such a great look on you Jenny, and those photos are gorgeous! I agree with KA, a pastel top would look lovely with the jeans too x