Hello! I don't want this to become another one of those sappy stories about how a girl with little to no confidence has miraculously learned to love herself because that's not one of those stories and, let's cut the bullsh*t, we've all seen/read those stories and they're not inspiring in the slightest - if you're anything like me, you're just sat there wallowing in jealousy as you continue to dislike your reflection in the mirror, continue to compare yourself to the girls you follow on Instagram and feel trapped in the same rhythm you've danced to all your life - so I'll keep this real and as short and sweet as I can.
On the last shoot I did something I'd always wanted to do - I got in front of the camera. Some of you reading may be thinking 'well, SO WHAT?' but I was proud of myself and even more proud of myself when I didn't hate the photos and want to delete them.
One of the reasons vintage fashion is so close to my heart is because of the immense boost of confidence it gives me on a daily basis. I can wake up feeling crappy, look in the mirror and feel worse but then turn to my wardrobe and feel a little bit better knowing I can put something on I feel good in and feel different in.
One of the best things about buying vintage, admittedly from the egotistical side of me, is knowing that nobody else will be wearing the same thing as you and this gives you uniqueness that you will probably become known for amongst your peers.
We all know what it's like to finally find something we feel amazing in but that feeling can only be enhanced knowing it's a stand-out piece that nobody else has.
True confidence does come from within but when something so simple as an item of clothing can create happiness I like the 'fake it 'til you make it' approach - you may be feeling sh*tty on the inside but wearing that groovy vintage jumpsuit as your armour can give you that boost you need to own the day!
And so, trying on these amazing Tigers Eye vintage dresses and feeling fabulous, I thought I'd give it a shot. It was only one look but there are three final photographs of me and I still like them now almost two weeks later (which is rare let me tell you!) - so I felt obliged to share how I'm slowly but surely learning to love myself by stepping out of my comfort zone every once in a while and wearing one-off pieces to pep myself up!
- Perhaps not the magic solution you were hoping for but it's sometimes all you need.
- Dress coming soon to Tigers Eye