Well hi friends! How are we all doing?
Well as November is slowly slipping away from us (Where the hell is the time going?) and we’re nearing the end of the second lockdown. Yippee, some may say! Personally I don’t know where the time went, or even what I did the last few weeks. Hell, I can’t even tell you if I was out of pyjamas most of the time. However! I have decided that wearing the same tee shirt dress and leggings will not stand anymore. And so, I’m going to dig into my existing wardrobe as much as possible, see what still fits, and even photograph a few outfits to show you some plus size winter fashion!
As with most people during lockdown, I’ve become somewhat… stagnant. Barely getting dressed, hardly ever wearing makeup, mostly loafing around the house — I’m sure you get the idea. My daily outfits have simply become the same tee dress and a pair of leggings, and recently I’ve sort of been wondering where my style’s gone. I’ve been trying to work out something to blog. But I’m just not buying anything new, and there’s not so many sponsored posts floating about. First world problems and all, yo.
But then I was reminded — I have literal wardrobes full of clothes.
I’ve been curating and hoarding clothes for years, so why am I so afraid of wearing what I already have? Sure, some of it won’t fit due to lockdown weight gain, but there’s a lot in those wardrobes. Maybe I just don’t fancy what I own any more? Maybe my style’s changed a lot? Putting it to the test by ‘shopping’ my wardrobe, I still loved so many items I own. So, in conclusion — I was just being lazy. Hooray me.
So when I decided to drag The Fiancé outside for a wander in the woods (don’t worry, I wasn’t wearing heels for the wandering), I took it as an excuse to dress up a little and get some photos. It was raining. The Fiancé was miserable. However, I felt the best I’d felt in a long time. A lot of my personal self worth is tied up in my image. The red hair, the retro inspiration, the ginghams and tartans… all of it feels like home to me, and I’d allowed myself to forget how good it felt to be that best version of myself.
Adding another idea onto my Self Care List from the last post — remember to get dressed up for no reason!
Genuinely, I haven’t felt this cute in easily three months. And now I’ve got a confidence and mood boost from looking good. This is goddamn therapy happening, guys.
All of these items are old, most of them over four years old at least! The skirt I bought whilst I was working at Collectif, so could easily be five years old by now. It’s one of my favourites, especially since I love blackwatch tartan so much. I’m still surprised it’s a size 18 — I haven’t worn an 18 skirt in years!
So guys. Regardless of what happens with more lockdowns, with lifting, whatever it is — maybe it’s an idea to reconnect with your winter wardrobe and just dress up. Wear the big dress you love, wear a suit, put on a full face of makeup. It might just give you the confidence push you need. Hell, you might even rediscover an old item you forgot you loved!