I’m going to keep this short and sweet because I’m writing on my phone (RIP laptop charger). I have some exciting news: I’m moving back to New York!
It’s been in the works for some time now, but I hate to mention things before they are finalized. I am always worried that by getting excited prematurely I’ll “jinx” myself. But everything is falling into place and I’ll be moving into my tiny new apartment this weekend in beautiful Brooklyn.
I know several people are unaware that I ever left the city (even though I wrote a post about it back in December, ahem) so this news might be a bit anticlimactic for some of you! But I’m very excited and wanted to let you know.
So onto the outfit: this is the result of trying to wear clothes I haven’t worn lately to see if they’ll make it into my capsule wardrobe and/or survive the paring that happens naturally when moving. I absolutely love this velvet crop top for cooler weather. I like the pattern and I love wearing velvet in the fall and winter to add some texture to whatever I’m wearing, especially since it often happens to be all black. But I’m not sure if it’s versatile enough to wear with several different skirts, dresses, and pants, which is why I’ve been testing it out.
If you made it this far, thanks for reading! And if you’re in the city and want to get coffee, please leave a comment or send me a message on Instagram!
Sunglasses: Old Navy // Top, skirt, and choker: Forever 21
As you know if you’ve been keeping up with my blog/Instagram, I’m working on paring down my wardrobe and only wearing things I really like and feel comfortable in. One piece of advice I keep reading on capsule wardrobe blogs is that you should only wear clothes that make you feel good and flatter your body. If you look in your closet and think “well I can wear this dress when I don’t feel so bloated,” then it should go.
However, I have a little bit of a problem with that. I think how you feel about your body starts in your head, not with your clothes. I have clothes that I love that maybe aren’t the most flattering thing I could wear. I wore this outfit on Monday and I loved it. The top is actually a bodysuit with snaps at the bottom like a baby onesie, and it was my mom’s when she was my age. I paired it with black jeans and it was very simple, but it felt like me. I felt good in it because it really aligned with the style I want to convey. But it wasn’t the most flattering thing I’ve ever worn. Black is slimming, yes, but the jeans are too long and kept bunching up near my knees. And high-waisted pants always seem to create a little bit of a tummy pouch even if you don’t have one.
My point in addressing all these flaws is that it’s fine. It’s totally fine to have a little bit of pudge, and to not be perfectly flat, and to gain weight or lose weight or for your body to change. Your body doesn’t have to be perfect for it to be a good body that serves you well, and you certainly don’t have to wear what clothes magazines or the media tell you “flatter your body shape.” Love your body and wear what you want.