The Style Comfort Zone And How To Get Out Of It – My Black Midi Dress Experience


Sometimes you need to step out of your comfort zone and try new things: Like this black midi dress.

The Style Comfort Zone And How To Get Out Of It - My Black Midi Dress Experience by fashion blogger Dana from Pink Champagne Problems The Style Comfort Zone And How To Get Out Of It - My Black Midi Dress Experience by fashion blogger Dana from Pink Champagne Problems The Style Comfort Zone And How To Get Out Of It - My Black Midi Dress Experience by fashion blogger Dana from Pink Champagne Problems The Style Comfort Zone And How To Get Out Of It - My Black Midi Dress Experience by fashion blogger Dana from Pink Champagne Problems The Style Comfort Zone And How To Get Out Of It - My Black Midi Dress Experience by fashion blogger Dana from Pink Champagne Problems The Style Comfort Zone And How To Get Out Of It - My Black Midi Dress Experience by fashion blogger Dana from Pink Champagne Problems The Style Comfort Zone And How To Get Out Of It - My Black Midi Dress Experience by fashion blogger Dana from Pink Champagne Problems

THE LOOK | black midi dress, suede jacket, bow mules (similar here), ray-ban aviators (under $12 here), bow clutch (sold out, similar here)

I was shopping around H&M one day after work, and found this black midi dress (also comes in a cute crop top pattern). I absolutely didn’t need it, but I wanted to try it anyway. So it came home with me. When I tried it on, I wasn’t 100% sure of it. Is this really my style? Are my hips too big for this? Am I too short? Yep, all of these thoughts ran through my head within the five minutes of me having it on.

In the end, I decided it was different. And different is good. Especially when it comes to personal style.

Naturally, I would pair this with heels or an open toe sandal. But, again, since we’re being different here, I decided to wear my black bow mules (also obsessed with these). I think this look gives off a cool vibe as opposed to a dressed up one. I, of course, had to wear my suede jacket for two reasons: 1. It was pretty cold this day, and 2. See below;)

 If you’re currently in a style rut of some sort, I have some advice for you.

Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Seriously. It will help. By stepping out of my own comfort zone with this particular look, I was able to create something different. And I actually really loved the outcome! This black midi dress is a keeper – I’m so glad I kept it!

Use your security blanket pieces. Did you have a security blanket growing up? Or an item that you just didn’t want to go anywhere without? (Mine was a pacifier, by the way. I’m sure my parents loved that because I talked A LOT when I was a baby.) When you’re in a style rut, pull pieces that you’re 100% comfortable wearing. For me, I know this suede jacket will always come in handy when I’m not totally on board with a different piece.

Stop overthinking and just wear it. This is probably the biggest reason why I don’t wear certain pieces or trends. I usually overthink what I’m wearing. I’m definitely guilty of worrying about what others may think of me, and I need to overcome that. WHO CARES WHAT OTHER PEOPLE THINK?! If I want to try out a certain trend or piece, I’m going to do it. And you should too.

So tell me, how do YOU plan on getting out of a style rut?


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  • Elizabeth Oliveto

    Such great advice. I always find my “security blanket” definitely helps me too! PS – Loving those flats!
    Xo, Elizabeth
    http://stripesandsolitaires.com

    • Dana Mannarino

      Thank you, Elizabeth! Xx

  • Great look and great tips! I just recently started stepping out of my style comfort zone. A lot of it was thanks to Emily and her influence. I’m alway so thankful I did!

    xo Laura Leigh
    http://www.louellareese.com

    • Dana Mannarino

      Thanks my girl! OMG, you’ve been absolutely killing it – I love everything you’re wearing (and yay, Emily!) Xx

  • Absolutely love this outfit, Dana! I’ve been so much more open to dressing outside my comfort zone (*ahem* not wearing black all. the. time.) and it’s SO fun!

    Rachel / http://www.helloher.co

    • Dana Mannarino

      Thank you, Rachel! It’s definitely fun to be like, “oh wait a second, I CAN wear this.” xx

  • H& M is so good for this because the price point allows you to try some different things you might not otherwise invest in. Looks great! I love the shades, I really need a new pair!

    • Dana Mannarino

      Agreed! I’ve been LOVING them lately. And I’ve had these aviators since I was a freshman in college! I love them!

  • You look great in this dress! I agree that styling those pieces that are out of our comfort zones gets a little easier when we pair them with old favorites. Thanks for the reminder to take a chance!

    • Dana Mannarino

      Aww, thank you, Britney. So happy you stopped by! Xx

  • LOVE this outfit!! It’s perfect for spring time. It’s amazing that you are styling things that are out of your comfort zone, you totally pulled off this look!

    xo
    Catherine | Beauty by Catherine

    • Dana Mannarino

      Thank you, Catherine! I appreciate your sweet words – they made my day!

  • So perfectly chic! Trying out new things is always a fun experience!

    • Dana Mannarino

      Thank you, Jenn! It’s fun to think how it’s “easy” to pull new things off! Xx

  • Love these tips! I’m definitely trying to do different things with my wardrobe. Esp since I don’t want to be spending money on clothes, it’s fun to see what new outfits you can put together with what you already have!

    • Dana Mannarino

      Thanks, Natalie! Exactly what I’m trying to do! I’m spending less money on new clothes and utilizing what I have in my closet! Xx

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  • Lauren Molinaro

    I have this jacket too and you’ve really inspired me with a new way to style it. Thanks!!

    obsessedandoverdressed.com

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