dressing joyfully

I originally posted a shorter version of this on my Instagram feed, but I thought it deserved some space on my blog, too...

Old co-ord from Mango Outlet.

In my late teens and early twenties, I favoured wearing muted and darker tones, despite clearly having a love for pattern and colour. My self-esteem was so low and I was so worried about drawing unnecessary attention to myself, I thought it would be the best way to blend in or go by unnoticed in real life. 

Affiliate links - Asos cardi & Asos skirt 

Sharing my outfits on this little blog since 2010 was fine though, as the community I was part of felt safe, and I’d only ever post pictures where I was as happy as I could be with my appearance. 

Affiliate link - Asos dress

Nowadays it’s rare you’ll find me in anything but print, pattern and bright colours, wearing items that bring me complete joy. Gingham? You got it! William Morris prints? Of course! Bright pops of colour? Why not!

Looking back over the years, it makes me quite emotional to see how much I’ve bloomed and grown in confidence: I’ve always been very self-assured with who I am as a person, but it’s taken a lot for me to feel at peace with my physical appearance. I’m so happy that i’m now in a place where I dress completely for me, and am able to look in the mirror without negative thoughts filling my mind.

Dress from Zara.

Love Jazz x

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