I often hear friends say to me (and these are absolutely brilliant, stunning, talented and overall awesome people), “Oh, I could never wear that” or “only you could pull that off.” It never fails to surprise me how these amazing people can so freely express themselves in one outlet, but have unfortunately developed this limiting belief about what they can and cannot “pull off” in one of the most playful and experimental outlets.
If there’s one designer who manages to always rise to the occasion in crushing what we believe “can” and “cannot work,” it’s Jeremy Scott. I mean, the man made an outfit and matching booties inspired by the color-bar stripes (the old television test pattern) and made it high fashion. If we can take anything away from this man, it’s this: who gives a fuck if people don’t vibe with your aesthetic?!?! It’s original, unique, and it’s YOU. Own it.
I saw the creatures in Kevin Lyons piece as the perfect illustration of the hoard of critics you fear within yourself, and in others judging your choices. If any of you reading this now ever find yourselves saying some variation of the phrases above, I encourage you to start by taking one day this week and incorporate a small risk into your chosen outfit. It could be a statement piece of jewelry, a pair of bright colored shoes, anything really—your choice. But commit to it and embrace that joy of moving out of your comfort zone. I wouldn’t be surprised if you start to hear your friends commenting on your selected piece and how they could “never pull it off.” You can stop them right there, because you are proof that you can.
Would love to hear your results and see some outfits. Have fun!!