Friday, February 3, 2012

Quaking in my boots

Today is the last day of the challenge, and we were supposed to try something that scares us. Not something like sky-diving, but something like wearing neon, or, in my case, boots over jeans. When this trend started, I thought it looked fabulous on tall, willowy people, but I thought, "Oh, I could never wear that." I'm not tall or willowy. I'm 5'2" and curvy. When I bought this pair of skinny jeans last summer, I immediately tried them on with boots, you know, just to see. It made me feel like I was all hips and no legs. Fear of wearing something often relates pretty closely with body issues, doesn't it? I'm generally content with my figure. But I want to dress in a fashion that says neither 'I'm a frumpy librarian,' nor 'Hey, check out my curves!' It can be hard to know if I'm erring too far one way or the other, and boots over jeans made me feel like I was erring in both directions at once. Weird how we can have such an emotional reaction to clothes, isn't it?

I didn't wear this yesterday. I tried it on last night and had James take pictures. I'm wearing it today since Friday is jeans day at work. I'm actually really glad we took the picture before I had to wear it in public, because I feel much better about this look after seeing the photo than I did seeing it in the mirror. So once again the challenge has pushed me to wear something I wouldn't have otherwise, which I ended up liking. A big thanks to Kayla for hosting this shindig, because I've found it so valuable both times. Even though after two challenges, totaling a full month of outfit posts, I still feel ridiculously awkward getting my picture taken and posting it on the internet for any to see.

Sweater, the Limited. Jeans, thrifted (Ann Taylor). Boots, TJ Maxx. Necklace and earrings, made by my sister-in-law. Bracelets, made in Africa.

18 comments:

  1. Nice look! It really works. (said by another not-tall person...)

    Interesting how your perception of the outfit changed between seeing it in the mirror vs. seeing the photo. I think you've hit on something profound there, in the difference between how we see ourselves (mirror-view) and how others see us (photo). Something for me to ponder today.

    (another) Elizabeth

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  2. I think the outfit looks great! I never would have guessed you had a problem with wearing boots over your jeans. I haven't jumped on the skinny jeans bandwagon yet because I'm too curvy through the thighs, but I guess I shouldn't rule it out though until I actually try some on! LOL

    Happy Friday!

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  3. YOU LOOK GREAT! What are you talking about? You aren't all hips and no legs. You actually look pretty willowy to me...

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  4. I love this look on you, you are fabulous!

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  5. I think this looks great on you! It makes you look tall. I would have never guessed you were petite. May I suggest that if you'd like to capitalize on the long/lean look, try a long tassel necklace that comes down to mid-abdomen! Awesome job!

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    1. Thanks :) A long necklace is a great idea! I don't have a lot in the way of jewelry I'll ahve to get one of those.

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  6. You shouldn't feel ridiculous, because you look fabulous! I love the boots and really your entire outfit. You look great in brown!

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  7. Oh mercy, you really look fabulous! You look teeny tiny in all the good ways, and your curves aren't shouting, they're complimenting. It looks so good, and GOOD FOR YOU for doing it!!

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  8. These boots look great on you. The proportions of this outfit are just right.

    Courtney
    wearingwhatiwant.blogspot.com

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  9. You are a hottie :) You look great! I has been fun watching all your different outfits unfold.

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  10. Ummm, you don't look out of proportion at all. I think you look fantastic! I love your boots, and I think you should show them off more often!

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  11. You look great! You should totally rock this look more often :)

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  12. I've always thought I didn't like the look, but I really do looking at this photo, the colors blend very well, and those are great boots

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  13. You should not fear the boots..your legs look long and lean and it is a fantastic look on you!!

    http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?BR=f21&Category=dress_maxi&ProductID=2005756635&VariantID=

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  14. HA! Sorry, I didn't mean to send you the F21 link. I accidentally pasted it in instead of sending it to my friend. Ignore that...

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  15. This is so interesting, All your clothes choices are great, except the pink sweater with the paisley skirt. Seemed like colors did not go together, BUT that seems to be the style these days. I am such a bland dresser, but watching your 'fashion' show has made me rethink my own clothing choices. Guess we all need to step out of our comfort zone. As others have said, you look fabulous in every pic. Your photographer is doing a pretty good job too. Thanks for sharing.

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  16. I love it! This is by far my favorite. Way to go out of your comfort zone. :)

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