For those of you that follow my blog and my instagram account, you might have noticed that I’ve been rocking florals this week. As a blogger, I know that our unique, individual style aesthetics are important but as an affordable style blogger, I also feel that it is necessary to show affordable options and my own interpretations on how to wear today’s current style trends. Floral prints is one of this seasons biggest trends and on Sunday, I wore this floral maxi dress, Tuesday I went for a black and floral motif by pairing my H&M floral pencil skirt with a black top as seen on my instagram account (yes, I know I skipped over Monday…) and Monday I wore these thrifted floral capri pants and as much as I love the look on others I wasn’t so sure about this look for myself.
When I pulled these capri’s on the theme song from the Golden Girls popped into my head. It wasn’t because of the whole tropical floral motif (remember, the show was set in Florida). It was because the ginormous print reminded me of one of the “fabulous” pieces that Dorothy and Blanche would wear. It didn’t help either that the fit wasn’t as snug as I would want it to be in order to achieve the look that I was going for. When I dress, I don’t expect everyone to like what I am wearing. It’s just a fact of life that different people respond to and are stimulated by different visual aesthetics. The important thing though is that I have to love whatever it is I am wearing and even with all of the red, I didn’t feel a lot of love reflecting from the mirror.
If I had the time, and if this floral theme was not dominating this weeks editorial calendar, I would have changed to a different outfit. But since changing wasn’t an option, I walked out my door, down the stairs, got into my car, walked from the parking lot and into my office certain that the only thing that could help me to pull off the look was by presenting myself in a confident manner. Let’s be honest. The “x-factor” that well dressed women have is that they always project an air of confidence in whatever it is that they are wearing, no matter how bold, bright or avant garde their “costumes” are.
Apparently it worked and I even managed to rake in a few compliments which I took gracefully in lieu of deflecting or discounting them.
5 Ways to Project Confidence
1) Stop worrying about what other people think. (I am still working on this one. )
2) Pretend that you are confident. We have all heard the phrase “fake it until you make it.” Pretending will eventually become a habit and in time you will actually begin to feel confidence.
3) Make eye contact. Find a good balance though. You don’t want to give off a creepy vibe.
4) Walk with confidence. This means head held high, (not snooty or arrogant), shoulders back (not hunched).
5) Don’t deflect or discount compliments. Be open to receiving compliments and be assertive and graceful when you accept them.
I am wearing:
Top: Red Blazer (Dress Barn)
The blazer and necklace helped to dress up the look for the office. (Fyi, those were not the shoes that I wore to the office).
Similar Blazer: Women’s Pinstripe Cuff Blazer $24 from Forever 21
Bottom: Floral Capri Pants (thrifted)
Similar Floral Pants: Floral Print Twill Ankle Pants $59.50 from Loft
Large Floral Skinny Jean $66.28 from River Island
A slimmer fitting capri will put you on trend.
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