Around five or six years ago, I was extremely terrified to step out of my fashion comfort zone. I lived in a place that wasn’t all that accepting of those who identified or presented as anything but cisgendered and heterosexual. Because of this, if you were assigned a specific sex at birth and didn’t dress or act accordingly, you were ostracized. This affected me in many different ways, but it mostly presented a challenge to my style of dress. You can tell by scrolling through my blog that I don’t like your typical clean-cut looks, so I had to hide my true stylish self away.
One day I had an awakening. I told myself that I should jump off the cliff and dive into the beautiful fashion pool that awaited me. I’ll never forget the feeling of putting on my first pair of denim shorts. I was absolutely liberated; I never wanted the feeling to go away! I had tasted blood and I wanted more. From that moment on, everything snowballed and I metamorphosed into the beautiful fashion butterfly you see today. I cannot imagine how different my life would be if I didn’t take that giant fashion leap.
I’m still madly in love with this red baseball jacket. It’s a versatile piece that, while not a staple, really makes a statement and can enhance an already cool outfit. For this look, I wanted to go for a seventies/eighties gym class inspired vibe. I gathered inspiration from those movies where the characters are just “too cool” for gym class and go out back to smoke cigarettes instead of laps around the track. It’s something super simple but totally unique at the same time.
You can’t get more seventies/eighties slacker chic than a vintage racing/beer affiliated shirt. The colors remind me of something you could have gazed upon at a local shopping mall, catching the eyes of everyone who looked. Vintage styles have made their way up the ladder of my heart these past few years. Many years ago I would have never thought twice about wearing something that wasn’t from the last calendar year. That’s why I always encourage others to step away from what they usually wear and try something new.
To complete this gym class slacker look, I decided to sport a pair of teal gym shorts. Not only is the fit nice, but the inside of the shorts feels super comfortable. I’m not entirely sure what the fabric is because the care tag is missing, but it feels nice to the touch. They certainly make for the perfect summer shorts, as they have a breathable quality to them that you won’t find in most shorts these days. If you have never bought vintage, I suggest you start with shorts. They’re the easiest to pick out and are almost always timeless.
So, what’s a big fashion leap you’ve made in the past few years? Did it pay off or was it an absolute mistake? Let me know in the comments below!