GUYS. I Just saw someone publish a post titled ‘Fashion Dos and Dont’s for shorter women’ – seriously, I’m not even joking, and it honestly made me doubt myself for a second. Just a second. Also – this post is going to be slightly word-vommity/I don’t really know where I’m going with this, i’m just feeling all of the feels. You’ve been warned.
I’ve had these outfit photos sitting in a folder on my laptop for a while now, and truthfully I’ve been reluctant to do anything with them because 1. my body confidence has quite frankly hit the bottom of the deep dark destructive pitt and 2. are my outfits really that great? I’m sure I’m not the only blogger that has these thoughts, and whether irrational or not, we all have moments where feel we’re no good at what we do.
Sometimes I wonder if there’s any point continuing to blog when I clearly ain’t an instagram model, I don’t have long gangly legs or full lips or hair that sits perfectly smooth. I’m short, I’m not naturally slim, and my hair is pretty much always in a state of wind-swept craziness. Hey – it might not spike engagement, but aren’t our flaws what make us relatable?
Quite often I wonder if my opportunities as a blogger are restricted by the fact that I’m not all of these things, but in a world where we’re all guilty of putting only their best-selves online I think being authentic and being yourself is the most important thing. I don’t meticulously schedule all of my posts, I have no trace of an ‘instagram theme’ and I definitely don’t get caught up in numbers or get too serious about ‘beating the algorithm’. Because, I mean whats the point when you’re not a bikini model travelling to scenic beaches?
Maybe i’m not the first person people go to to feel inspired, or be the person all the cool brands want to promote their clothes, or have the largest following on social media, but that doesn’t mean I can’t be passionate about fashion. I’m a shy person (ok I do talk to my phone a lot on instagram stories) but when someone asks me about clothes, I can talk for Britain. Like seriously, I’ll bang on about one pair of boots for about 30 minutes… be warned.
I frequently find myself saying ‘I’m not a big enough blogger to be able to pull this off’ or ‘I’m not cool enough for this’. Its so easy for us to feel like we’ve been pigeon-holed into wearing what society says we should wear day in and day out. Heels if you’re petite because god-forbid your legs look short. And bodycons are strictly off limits unless you have a washboard stomach. Well, screw that. The majority of my outfits are made up of items that most would probably cringe at the thought of pairing together. Playing with unconventional silhouettes and contrasting items are something I absolutely love doing. Who said fashion has to be flattering? Who said you have to look a certain way to be fashionable?
Having the confidence to wear what you want is key. Forget about Instagram standards, likes and comments, and most importantly, stick your middle finger up to body shape ‘rules’. If you wanna wear wide leg culottes despite them falling at the most awkward part of your shin, you go girl. If you feel like wearing your high waisted skirt despite your stomach being more bloated than a helium balloon, why the hell not? If you really wanna post that photo but you don’t look like the second Kylie Jenner, WHO CARES. You’re cooler than Kylie anyway (hehehe, you’re welcome).
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