|Put on a brave face, baby.|
For me style has a bit to do with clothes. It has a bit to do with accessories. But style has a lot to do with attitude. It's not about the clothes wearing you. You wear them. You own them. I mean you, own them. Self-confidence being something that I'm lacking, I realized something the other day.
I contend with a fair amount of setbacks. Being the only female supervisor at my job which demands a lot of physical activity, I have to maintain a presence and ability to be "one of the boys." Driving forklifts, breaking down pallets, confronting shoplifters, solving problems, being in charge. Time and time again I am told this is a man's job. And I'm not going to lie. It's tough work. It's work made more difficult by the chronic pain of a debilitating disease.
But I remind myself. I have Fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia doesn't have me, at least not all of me. And if I'm going to be woman in a man's world, I'm going to be a pretty tough bitch.
And I may as well look the part. So I took to the thrift store. Freshly inspired by an influx of army-inspired fall fashion I've seen in the likes of InStyle or Marie Claire magazines, I kept my eyes open to something secondhand that could make me feel more empowered.
And yet another interesting facet of style---a sense of personal empowerment. And why not? Fashion is a choice to be made and a statement to be heard. And secondhand fashion is an even more powerful statement. Thrift shopping for clothes says: 'I'll wear what I want, when I find it, on a budget that fits.' It's a commitment. And one that I don't mind, not one little bit.
Because when a few thrifting trips turns into an overall look I love, that's some spending power I'll flex without question. And in breaking it down, the spending went something like this:
Cropped blue military-inspired cardigan, Impact Fashion Outlet $4.99
Black and gray broad striped tee, Goodwill. $3.50
Marbled jeans, Lane Bryant Outlet. $19.99
Taupe American Eagle combat boots: Impact Fashion Outlet, $12
I love this outfit for it's grungy, yet structured feel. Paired with loose waves and a strong red lip, it's my go-to get out my way look. It's fearless and feminine. It's pretty tough.
And if you want to be pretty tough, it's quite simple:
- Be confident that you're strong enough to push yourself through anything
- Celebrate your body with the clothes, accessories, and attitude that fits your style.
- Thrift your way to financial independence.
- Pair combat boots and cropped anything. It just works.
- Don't take any crap.