11 Dec 2017

Finding Your Style Comfort Zone - and Going Beyond It

Boohoo Christmas Skater Dress Metallic | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Boohoo Christmas Skater Dress Metallic | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Boohoo Christmas Skater Dress Metallic | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Dress - Boohoo; Jacket - Dorothy Perkins (old);
Boots - Quiz (old); Earrings - Lovisa

Stepping Out of my Comfort Zone

I think 2017 is the year I discovered my comfort zone when it comes to fashion. I've finally figured out what I like (comfort) and what I don't love quite so much (crop tops and cold shoulders - hello I live in Scotland?). I expanded my collection of trousers and I finally started to pick up a few more staple pieces, instead of going for very fashion led bits and bobs that I'd wear once and never look at again.

It's safe to say, however, that this dress is not something I would have considered as being very "me". I used to wear dresses pretty much exclusively, but for some reason, I fell away from that habit and started leaning towards trousers or a skirt at a push. But, when Boohoo asked me to style their signature "dress of the month" for December I decided to push my boundaries a little, just to see if I could still work out with my comfort zone.

It's party season, and I'm mostly a jeans and a nice top kind of girl, so this metallic skater dress was unexpected, to say the least. My first instinct was to try and dress it down, instantly wondering how I could make it work with my beloved trainers, but then I decided to lean into the challenge and actually dress up a bit for once.

Boohoo Christmas Skater Dress Metallic | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Boohoo Christmas Skater Dress Metallic | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

The Styling

I wasn't quite ready to brave the cold on this rainy Glasgow afternoon, so I did end up layering it up a bit, but I decided to keep the rest of the outfit quite simple and let the metallic detailing do the talking. Paired with my favourite black boots - aka the only heeled boots I can actually walk in - and the dress was good to go. I love a mostly black look, especially with a little bit of colour added for good measure. I rarely opt for a red lip these days, but when I remembered that I had these brilliant tassel earrings in my stash I knew I had to match my lip colour to the pop of red.

For some strange reason, I decided to take it one step further out of my safe zone, and put my hair up. Okay, it's not really "up" up, but as someone who has exclusively worn her hair down in public for well over a year now, this low bun was a big step. I think I subconsciously see my hair as a bit of a comfort blanket, which I'm assuming is why I touch it a lot when I feel nervous, so going through a battle with alopecia last year made me reluctant to have it up, apart from my standard sloppy bun in the house.

Boohoo Christmas Skater Dress Metallic | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Boohoo Christmas Skater Dress Metallic | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

The Verdict

I think the best thing about finding your comfort zone is also finding the bravery to step out of it every once in a while. Trying something new - even something as trivial as a new dress - can be scary, but you never know what you really like until you try it out. I loved the metallic detailing in this dress, particularly as the cut is really easy to wear, as it makes an otherwise simple piece into more of a statement. Perfect for party season, right?

I'd love to style this dress with a pair of fishnet tights and a bold coloured jacket, but I think I need to work up the nerve to get to that stage. Plus, I don't really have an occasion to wear it for! But I know this dress is going to see me through the festive season in style, it's versatile enough to suit a whole host of events but easy enough to style that I don't need to put all that much thought into how I want to wear it.

Maybe I will end up back in my dresses phase again, after all. 

How would you style this dress?


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