If Fashion Mistakes Are Wrong, I Don't Want to Be Right

I’m a perfectionist, and mistakes grate on my every last nerve. Oh just imagine how carefree and wonderful life would be if I could go through each day, never making any mistakes! But who am I kidding? I make them all the time. I loose my temper, I forget things, I’m messy, and yes (the horror!) I make fashion mistakes.

Here’s the thing about that, though: I’m pretty sure you guys make fashion mistakes too. So that’s why when I came up with the idea of a fashion blog, I went against every perfectionist bone in my body and thought it would be fun if it were a place to experiment. I have a lot to learn when it comes to fashion, so why not share that journey with a bunch of strangers? (seemed logical at the time…)

And now that I’m 1.5 years into that journey I can say with absolute resolve that fashion mistakes are a must! They are absolutely necessary to learn, grow, and ultimately how you become a better dresser! I know it’s uncomfortable to take a fashion risk, and try something new, but it’s honestly the #1 thing I can do to encourage you to become more stylish.

Still not loving the idea of making mistakes? Well, at the end of the day, no matter how ah-mazing your outfit is, or how safe it is, I guarantee(!!) that someone will hate it. You will never be able to please everyone, so why are you trying? There are a few exceptions to this rule (you need to be respectful of church and work dress codes, and nudity is not okay), but other than that - if you want to wear it, then wear it! Confidence is everything and if you love what you are wearing, then that is all you need to know. Don’t listen to what anyone else says, and really it’s none of our business what you are wearing anyway. I tend to preface any fashion advice I give with “you don’t have to listen to me, if you really love it, then wear it!”

I recently read a piece of blogging advice that said “make it your best outfit post ever, or don’t post it at all.” Works for some people, but that is the exact opposite of what I’m trying to do here! I could bring you the most perfectly curated blog full of amazing pictures, but there are thousands of people doing that already. I refuse! Call me the Julia Child of the blogging world, but I don’t come from high fashion, don’t particularly care to, and along the way, I will likely drop a lot of chickens on the floor while I’m cooking. For some people, that makes them uncomfortable, and they would rather see a blog that presents a more perfect image. I hope that some of you will find that part of J's Everyday Fashion inspirational though, and will dive in and drop some of your own chickens along the way with me. ;-)

How do you feel about making fashion mistakes? Do you agree that they are a “must” for becoming a better dresser, or do you try to avoid them at all costs? And seriously, how funny are some of my outfit fails?!

Check out the totally re-vamped “What is J’s Everyday Fashion?” tab to see my full list of 10 Fashion Commandments.

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