‘Never judge a book by it’s cover’ is the old saying and last week I was reminded that you can’t judge a dress or any item of clothing on a coat hanger, because it can look completely different when you try it on. I know you will probably say that’s obvious but it was a pleasant surprise for me as online purchases aren’t always successful.
If you are regular readers or follow me on Instagram you will know that from about mid 2023 I have been fortunate enough to be gifted items of clothing from Fella Hamilton to showcase to you all. Fella Hamilton is an family-owned Australian fashion company making beautiful clothes since 1969. They provide stylish, quality fashion for women and are accredited with Ethical Clothing Australia (ECA) for their Australian made collection.
So back to the title of my post – The Freedom to step out of your fashion comfort zone. Why you shouldn’t judge a dress from the coat hanger.
A package arrived in the mail and I was excited to see the clothing I had selected from the FH range. I had selected a dress and a shirt both in my size. When I held up the dress and the tunic both in Size XS my husband and I immediately thought they looked way too big, wouldn’t suit my petite size and would make me feel ‘dowdy’ or ‘frumpy’.
I have a slim build and some designs or patterns can overwhelm my body. I usually go for more fitted, classic styles. I don’t usually step out of my fashion comfort zone because I feel once you find ‘your style’ you stick with it.
We were both wrong!
Once I put them on they looked great and combined with accessories I was very happy with the result. My daughter even told me the Pink Dress looked great and she would ‘totally wear it’ herself.
This was another example of my WOTY – FREEDOM, in action. I tried on something that perhaps I would have walked past in the shop or scrolled past online because I thought it wouldn’t suit me and stepped out of my usual fashion comfort zone style. The result was positive and it shows that if you let go of your limiting beliefs even in fashion and style good things can happen.
I tried the dress with a scarf belt which I thought looked good but I also do like just wearing the dress as is.
Stepping out of your fashion comfort zone gives you the self-confidence to maybe go further and experiment with new styles, colours and designers. That includes hats and other accessories as well. In my post Bringing back the Hat! I wrote how for years I had felt that hats didn’t suit me, yet that wasn’t the case at all and looking back over the years I discovered I had worn different styles of hats at different times.
It’s the same with Colour, for years I favoured Corporate Grey and Black but when I retired I decided that I needed more colour in my life and I always feel so much more positive if I’m wearing bright colours. I wrote a post Dopamine Dressing – bringing colour to my fashion world and don’t get me wrong, I still love my Black for a sophisticated look.
What do you think?
I’m wearing Size XS for both dress and top and they both come in a range of sizes from XS to XXL catering for all women and they fit well.
Out it 1 – Bubble Frill Hem Dress in Hot Pink
This dress is made from 100% Cotton so comfortable and perfect for a hot Summer’s day as it is flowing and doesn’t hug the body. It would suit all body shapes and can be dressed up or down depending on how you want to wear it. It comes in 3 colours – Hot Pink, Emerald and Black and has side pockets, elasticised sleeves and frilled hem.
I completed the look Ahela Wood Necklace and as an alternative option the Vallarta Silk Scarf in Multi colours as a belt and a scarf. I also showcased the matching Vallarta Tote Bag and Breton Squash & Wear Hat in Old Rose Pink
I wore my pink sandals and also my new Archies Arch Support Slides in nude.
Outfit 2 – Caledonia Loose Fit Tunic – Watermelon
I fell in love with the colour of this tunic which also comes in Summer Jade (although my size was sold out)
Accessories were the Ahela Wood Necklace, my Archies Slides and my tan sandals purchased a few years ago.
A special shout out and ‘thank you’ to my darling husband, ‘the photographer’
It certainly helps me, that my husband is such a support to me and does a good job as my photographer and anything else I need to do for our photo shoots. He has become quite involved now and even gives me tips and ideas!
I did tell Mike that we should be booking a Cruise for me to wear my new fashion LOL 🙂 No chance of that at the moment as we are renovating our bathrooms.
Do you purchase clothing online or do you need to physically go, browse and try before you buy?
Do you step out of your fashion comfort zone or stick to your tried and trusted style?
Have a beautiful week and remember –
Be yourself. An original is so much better than a copy.