Using visualization to trick yourself into fearlessness: Striped culottes

Shirt: thrifted (originally Target) | Pants: thrifted (originally Jealous Tomato) | Sandals: thrifted (originally Nine West)

Do you guys remember the movie Ratatouille? It's one of my eternal favorites. Remember the scene where we hear the philosophy of the main character's culinary hero, Chef Gusteau? Brings me to tears every time:

"You must be imaginative, strong-hearted. You must try things that may not work... Your only limit is your soul. What I say is true - anyone can cook. But only the fearless can be great."

Obviously this beautiful, simple sentiment applies to EV-ER-Y-THING, and I find it particularly applies to fashion. In the spirit of being adventurous, last week I thrifted a pair of striped wide-leg culottes. I have some crazy stylish friends (cough cough Raquel, cough cough Cher) who pull them off on the reg but I never thought I could do it. I admit it...I had a few fashion fears. 

There are myriad inherent challenges with these pants for me: 1) vertical stripes...oh god, vertical stripes, have I lost my mind for even attempting this look???? 2) as a woman with wide legs, I naturally fear wide leg pants for their potential to only accentuate the feature I am most nervous about 3) I couldn't wear a solid top with the pants without looking like I was about to either serve you a cocktail or pull a rabbit out of a hat, so I knew I'd need to double down on the stripes - but then all I could picture was Michael Jordan in the 90s (this suit is forever burned into my memory). But I ignored all those judgements and instead visualized what I could be doing in my most carefree, happy moment in this outfit. That's one of the keys to pulling off new, nervewracking trends: VISUALIZATION. 

It's totally silly, but here's where my visualization went: I was strolling near the water in the South of France, surrounded by my sisters, farmer's market flowers in hand, covered in sand and mildly sunburned, 2 cocktails in, laughing while we plan the dinner we want to make that night. Loose, happy, free. And the visualization of that moment made me want to take the fashion risk. 

So here we are! Striped wide legs, I never knew I could love you as much as I do now.

(And I'm always thrilled when I can pull off a complete outfit that was ALL thrifted & secondhand. Feels good to recycle, reuse, and love what could have otherwise ended up in a landfill.)

Are there any pieces you love from afar but are afraid to try on yourself? Any other trends you dream of attempting? Send me an email and tell me your story!