2017 was undoubtedly a year of many many firsts for me. It was a year spent discovering who I actually am, what I really care about, and what I want to do with my life.
A big part of that was discovering my personal style. After years of wearing what “flattered” me as opposed to what felt like me, I finally managed to break free of those shackles and experiment with style in a way I had never done before. This is one of my favourite things about being body positive, finally having the freedom to wear what I want to wear and ditching all of the style rules I had been taught in years gone by (dressing for your shape, wearing distracting prints to hide lumps and bumps etc) for my own ones that actually reflect who I am. It’s been fun!
I was thinking about this last night and decided to pop into my Google Photos folder to relive some of my favourites #ootd’s from the past twelve months. My first crop top, my first pencil skirt, my first bodycon dress… It’s all there. So here’s a little selection of some of my favourites!
I think one thing that I’ve learned this year has been that style really does have no size. There’s absolutely no reason why a size 24 girl can’t wear the same clothes as a size 10 girl, especially now that brands like Asos, Boohoo, Forever21, River Island, H&M, New Look and others are producing such great plus size ranges at last. Yes it’s true that rewiring your mind to overcome years of body shame is a difficult thing to do. And the same is true of rewiring how you think about your personal style. But making small changes regularly such as choosing to wear your first pair of high waisted boyfriend jeans, and a month later choosing to tuck your t shirt into them for the first time, can lead to huge change over the course of a year.