Have you ever combined clothes in a new way, worn a new item for the first time, mixed two patterns, and right as you step out to start your day you realize…
It doesn’t work.
You feel wrong. Uncomfortable, like the clothes don’t fit right (and maybe they don’t). You fidget. You try to adjust the waist, the hem, the sleeves, your hair. To no avail. It’s a Bad Outfit Day.
Bad Outfit Days can be the result of trying a new combination that doesn’t work the way you think it will, and it’s important to try new things as you explore your personal style. We all strike out sometimes. Other times, B.O.D.’s come from the noise around us: advertisements entice us to wear clothes that may not look or feel good, and seduce us to try new trends that don’t feel right. Sometimes the best intentions of our friends, mothers, or partners prompt us to try out a new look, only to find that it makes us feel weird and awkward and not like ourselves.
Developing personal style can take years of trial and error, of trying new combinations, clothes, and colors as you figure out what makes you feel good, confident, and comfortable. The magical combos that make you feel like you can change over time and vary season to season. Style is an active practice. It requires listening to your mood and body and inner self.
This outfit from March 10 didn’t work out. I liked it in theory: neutral stripes to contrast the broad black and red solids in the skirt. Worn with gray boots and bare legs, what could be cuter? Alas, the white and gray in the top were too light for the dark skirt, and the gray boots were a darker shade of gray that clashed with the stripes on top. Oh well. Better luck next time.
And now, the Zombies song that inspired this post’s title:
Thanks for reading!