This weekend marked the passing of my 23rd Birthday. Holy cow, 23 years, I can’t honestly believe I am that old. 22 years I’ve been on this planet and I like to think I’ve learned a lot in that time. As much of a child as I can be, I’ve all been told I am mature for my age. Well, for all that maturity I have gone through my fair share of fashion phases that were not the most flattering and honestly don’t me a lot about how to rock petite fashion as an adult.
Does anyone else define different periods of their lives by what fashion or music they listened too? Cause I know I definitely do. Sometimes taking a look down memory lane is warranted to make sure we don’t make the same mistakes especially with fashion because styles come back around and no one wants to make the same petite fashion faux pas twice.
1. Wear What You Want
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Your small size shouldn’t keep you from wearing whatever you want. Maxi dresses, wide-legged pants, or any other style they tell me you can’t wear. This is something that it took me a long time to learn but if you can find petite fashion items that fit the way they should, that are cut properly and are proportioned correctly, there is no look that wouldn’t look fabulous.
Need an example? This stunning maxi dress not only looks great on petite women but will make you feel like a princess.
2. Changing Your Style Is Okay
90% of the things I wear today I would never have worn even just 2 years ago. Learning to constantly evolve my style has been one of the most important lessons I’ve learned over the years. Now I can have a rock and roll vibe like this great lace-up t-shirt and leather jacket look one day and the very next be rocking a girly dress and wedges the next. I love being able to shift my style and never have to worry about fitting into one box or another all the time. All though overwhelmingly my style goes towards being casual and comfortable I love adding little flares of all the different phases I’ve gone through.
This edgy jacket is a flashback to being a child of the 90’s and loving slightly more grungy styles and punk rock music, my high school phase more or less.
3. Styles Always Come Back Around
Remember back in the 90’s and 2000’s when denim skirts and chokers were the biggest fashion statement out there? Remember this past year and a half when denim skirts and chokers were once again one of the biggest fashion statements out there? While some of these looks deserve another chance in the sun to shine there are also certain ones that maybe are better off staying buried forever, like massive shoulder pads and 80’s hair. But whatever the style finding new ways to bring a fresh spin to an old style is one of the best ways to make sure your vintage styles are making a come back in the best way possible and not looking outdated.
Distressed boyfriend jeans have been making their second trip through the spotlight and honestly, it is making my heart happy. They are loose, comfortable and are the perfect casual look to pair with your favorite t-shirts and sneakers for running around on the weekends.
4. Don’t Second Guess Your Self
You know that moment when you are looking in the mirror at the store trying to decide if you like something? If it takes you longer than 30 seconds odds are you probably don’t like it that much and it isn’t worth your time. Building a wardrobe and style that makes it easy to throw something on in the mornings and be ready to go looking like a queen. I am a huge believer that a large part of looking great in an outfit is being able to let your confidence shine through it. If you feel good people are going to notice and think you look good.
This beautiful spring white dress outfit is one of my top favorites and one that never ceases to make me feel like I can take on the world.You can see that come through in the way I walk and even in the photos themselves!
5. Take Chances On Fashion
Sometimes you have to push yourself outside of your comfort zone. For the longest time, I was scared to try so many different fashion trends and that fear kept me from wearing things that now are staples in my wardrobe. High low dresses, hats, wrap skirts, block heels, and even flashy jewelry were all things that I avoided for a good long while and now here I am rocking them on the reg because I think they are beautiful. At the end of the day take a chance on buying that item you weren’t sure about because you never know how it might end up being the new favorite.
Whats the worse that could happen? You have to return it? Oh, the horror. Like these overalls. I went back and forth for so long on whether or not to buy them but now that they are in my collection I wear them quite often and love how comfortable they are.
6. Cut Down Before You Build
Get rid of all of the things you don’t wear or that don’t fit you anymore before you start creating the wardrobe you’ve always wanted. Filling space and frustrating time sifting through massive amounts of clothes that you don’t want to wear is never fun. By cleaning all that out you can almost guarantee that no matter what you pull out of your closet you are going to be able to throw together an adorable outfit you are sure to love. It took me a long time to figure out that this was a massive obstacle for me. But in the end, I learned and now I am happy with almost everything I pull out of my closet. Of course, it’s important to never stop purging your closet of things that you no longer love and wear.
For example, as much as I love this football jersey it is a tad too small and needs to get replaced which it did thanks to my boyfriend. Being able to toss this so it doesn’t waste space is an awesome feeling even if it is getting directly replaced.
I hope that some of these lessons help you build a wardrobe to be proud of and that you will love for years to come. Love the clothes you chose, don’t second guess yourself and just no that its okay if the process of developing your dream wardorbe takes times.