I’m a big fan of dresses. I know they’re not for everyone, but to me they’re such an easy way to be comfortable and chic, it’s too good to pass up. Of course, part of the comfort question is the style of dress. For a loooooong time I stuck strictly to bodycon and skater dresses because I felt like anything that didn’t hug my waist made me look ginormous. Thankfully, after spending years avoiding dresses that I found gorgeous just because they weren’t form fitting, I have embraced it. Even better: shift dresses are the comfiest and I regret having missed out on them for so long.
Today I’m showing you how you can enjoy the wonders of a shift dress all. year. long. Here I picked a dress in a dark forest green colour, so that it compliments the weather around me, and doesn’t look out of place with all of my heavier clothes. The dress is long sleeved, but it’s made with a lighter fabric, and the sleeves are belled so it creates a lighter feel to it. The lace up in the front also gives a little extra something. I wore a super comfortable bandeau bra from Out from Under at Urban Outfitters. Does anyone else remember when bandeaus were a fad? They’re SO easy and comfy. 10/10, should come back.
To offset that heaviness of the colour, I’m wearing sheer polka dot tights. Tights are a must in the winter (at least where I’m from), but the sheerness makes them lighter, and the polka dots just make it a lil more fun. Thse soft knee high socks are from Winners; they’re made in Italy, and sooooo cozy! I rolled them up a little so that they flow nicely with my boots – which are ALSO grand.
These are Timberlands. Better yet, they’re the kind of boots that make you want to go on an adventure. The dress gives me a very ‘enchanted forest’ kind of vibe, so I thought these would pair nicely with it. The whole outfit makes me feel like I’m going on an adventure to find Snow White. It’s wonderful.
I wore a dark red lip – GORG from the Koko Kollection by Kylie Cosmetics, to bring in a little holiday feel. Nothing screams Christmas like red and green – but because these are both darker tones it’s not TOO over the top.
dress: tobi – “Addy Lace Up Shift Dress” in Emerald
bandeau: Out from Under ‘Back Then Seamless Bandeau Bra’, at Urban Outfitters
tights: Out from Under ‘Spotty Tight‘, at Urban Outfitters
boots: Timberlands, sold out
lips: GORG – Koko Kollection, Kylie Cosmetics
Please please PLEASE push yourself out of your comfort zone when it comes to fashion – ESPECIALLY if you’re feeling limited by your own body insecurities. It only gets easier once you start pushing yourself to wear the things you’ve always wanted to. At least for me, this was the only way I truly realised that I was seeing myself completely different from everyone else, and was being waaaaay too hard on myself. Saying ‘wear what you want to wear’ is easy enough, but no one wants to wear something they don’t feel comfortable in. So my advice is to push yourself: push yourself to try things you never thought you would try before, and to wear things you never thought you could wear before. This just got SUPER intense for a fashion post, but it was really meaningful to me once, and it really brought me down once, and maybe it’s doing the same to you.
Do you have advice for moving on from body insecurities? Please give it to me! I’m still learning!