I’ve been really experimenting with my personal style recently, trying to build a wardrobe that is 100% ME and filling it with things that I feel confident and beautiful in. At the same time, I’m still trying to push myself outside of my comfort zone and find new things to wear that help me embrace my body: scars and all. So, with my hot V-day date night approaching, I got to work trying to figure out what my Valentine’s Day #ootd would be
If you were to tell me this time last year that I would be comfortable wearing liquid leather leggings, I would have laughed and said something like: “Have you seen the shape of my left knee? There’s no way that ugly thing would look good in a pair of tight leather leggings.” That’s how the last 10 years of my life have been: making fun of my body and saying mean things about myself.
I’m still working on loving myself and there are still days where I still feel so betrayed by my body and hate it, but, I am happy to say that I’m making progress. How do I know? I bought myself a pair of liquid leggings last month and decided I would wear them at least once, no matter how my left knee looked in it. Guess what? It doesn’t look too bad! And putting those leggings on not only made me feel super kick-a, but they also helped me take a little bit of my life back from my insecurities.
Top: Burlington Coat Factory similar here
Leggings: Charlotte Ruse found here
Boots: Maurices similar here
I love dressing up for Valentine’s Day for my husband, but this year, I wanted to get dressed up for me, as well. This may not be a typical Valentine’s Day outfit, (it’s definitely on the edgy side) but I love that I am learning to embrace my flaws and rock clothes that I most definitely would have shied away from before.
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I guess I am learning that I can view my body in one of two ways: I can either view it as the thing that betrayed me and wanted me to die, or I can view it as the thing that fought so hard and allowed me to survive. It’s a daily constant battle, but this weekend, on Valentine’s Day, I’m going to put it all aside and love myself.
Because when I’m loving myself, I’m able to put my best foot forward in all other aspects of my life, too.
What do you think of this edgy Valentine’s Day ensemble? What things could you do to help love yourself better?