Tare few things in life that intimidate me more than styling and experimenting with silhouettes on my lower half. It is the area of my body that I am the most uncomfortable with, and that I struggle with the most. See I have a warped image of my hips, bum and legs, and definitely think I am more curvy than I actually am. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with being curvy of course, but on my very small frame and hobbit height I don’t think it suits me, and therefore I spend 90% of my time trying to hide my lower body rather than draw attention to it.
Recently however I’ve tried to become a little more experimental. Not because I’m feeling more comfortable per se, but because I’m becoming bored and frustrated with my wardrobe and I want to try something a little different. No longer will I be a slave to the skinny jean or a-line skirt, it’s time to leave my comfort zone and find out what else flatters my lower half.
The first of these experimental pieces comes in the form of these beautiful Monki trousers I got from ASOS. I’ve been wanting to try a paperbag waist for the longest time, feeling that the gathered detailing would flatter my small waist and not make too much of my hips. I was totally right and I am so pleased I went for these with the gorgeous additional lace up detailing. I liked how oversized these are too – they hide how big my bum is and by skimming my curves they actually give the illusion that my hips are narrower than they actually are. I probably could have done with a size smaller but I don’t actually mind how oversized these are – I find them so comfortable and lightweight despite how thick the cotton fabric is and I am absolutely 100% in love with them.
I decided to style them with my favourite orange Forever 21 t-shirt in a nod to my new sartorial confidence. I never imagined I’d be wearing anything like this, 2017 has truly been the year that I’ve broken out of my style rut and I couldn’t be happier.
T-shirt: Forever 21 | Trousers: Monki at ASOS | Shoes: H&M
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