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Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten. Then when you hit puberty they take the crayons away and replace them with dry, uninspiring books on algebra, history, etc. Being suddenly hit years later with the ‘creative bug’ is just a wee voice telling you, ‘I’d like my crayons back, please.
— Hugh MacLeod

In a single outfit, I managed to cram in everything I once considered no-nos: mixed patterns and print, bright colors, loose fits, shorts, and hoop earrings. There are all these unwritten rules I felt I had to abide by. No loud prints for fear of resembling a tie-dye cow. No crop tops because god forbid someone catches a glimpse of my squishy midsection. No body con anything because why highlight all those lumps? No short shorts because cellulite is something to hide away and be ashamed of. Hoop earring make the face rounder. And so the list goes on. So I resolved to wear black on black on black. Slimming and safe.

Sometimes we don't even notice we follow these 'rules'. So I ask myself why I wear the things I wear and why I avoid the ones I don't. Is it because you don't like print or because everyone tells you you're not supposed to like it? Is it really because I don't like them or is it because I think my body is not worthy?

Fashion is fun and dressing up for even the most mundane day makes a difference. It was fun to play with color, statement pieces, and step out of my usual uniform of a dark top, jeans, and random shoes. I forgot how fun it can be to plan an outfit and throw it all together, to experiment with looks and disregard the rules.

Outfit details:

+ Betsey Johnson Avocado Wristlet

+ Multi-Print Romper from Target