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Stepping out of comfort zone

This year, one of my resolutions is to experiment with colors. It sounds silly but bear with me. Over the years, wearing colors for me became quite challenging. Whether it was because of living in a foreign country or living alone, so far away from my family or perhaps the fact, that my life was so congested with new people and experiences, I became attached to something that gave me comfort – monotone casual clothes, that stressed neither my body nor my mind. Being a blonde foreign girl in Tokyo still gives you a semi-celebrity status by default. I got so much attention, I couldn’t bear it sometimes. So, I started wearing invisible blacks and greys and stuck to it for many years, also partly because I invested a lot of money in such wardrobe. I have tons of Theory and Vince sweaters, Zadig et Voltaire dresses, Frye shoes. You don’t wear those for one season, you stick to them for life (or till they are ruined :)). And when you spend a big chunk of your salary on a black outfit, you then do the same for shoes and then the dress to go with the shoes and so it rolls. In a blink of an eye, I ended up with 10 pairs of black shoes – because they go with everything!.. No, they only went with black. Period!

When I was a teenager, I lived color. I was a rave girl with pink hair and acid green everything. I wore platform shoes and rebelled quietly against the world. I miss that girl, who wasn’t afraid of anything and so I decided to finally step out of my comfort zone and start experimenting with a different palette. And although, as you see here, my first step is a timid one, wearing bright blue jeans and golden beige (BEIGE!!!) jacket is a very brave move for me.

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A few years ago, I was already feeling bored with myself so I started to add navy and red into my closet. Till present day, it is pretty much what I wear on a daily basis. You won’t find any bright colors in there – no yellow, no orange, no green (at all!).

This year, I bought my first beige shoes and now, I can’t get out of them. I love how they really go with everything (who would have thought!) and how comfortable they are, despite the heel (another pet peeve for me).

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As for the jacket, it was an amazing find. Can you believe it is actually 100% cotton? It is edgy and girly and sporty at the same time. 80s are back in style so this bomber jacket is going to be my staple item this season, also because it is so easy to either dress up or down. It looks pretty casual with jeans but gives a nice fresh accent to the look. With a black flowing midi dress, it would look stunning too, reflecting the lights of the night.

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My next challenge is to try green with orange, being my last peak to conquer. I used to have a really cute Barbara Bui orange bag when I was 20.. I wonder if my mom still has it..:)

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The outfit

Jacket and jeans (Cult of individuality)
Top (Theory)
Chain clutch (Rebecca Minkoff)
Booties (Comptoir des cotonniers)
Star bracelet (Gorjana)
Necklace (A weathered penny)
Sunnies (Marc by Marc Jacobs)

All the photos were taken by Adeyto.

If you like my look, you can vote on it here to have a chance of winning a shopping spree at Cult of individuality. ^-^

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