Rawr. Letting it all hang out, today. Haha. If I look confident in these photos, please know that I'm a very, VERY good actress. I felt so incredibly self-conscious, but I do this kind of thing, because I need to. It's healthy. There are parts of my body that I'm ashamed of or that I don't like. So, I cover them up.
On top of that, I'm constantly victimized by creeper bros and, after more than a decade of that kind of harassment, I had come to believe that covering up was the best defense. However, I'm much wiser at this late stage in my life and I refuse to allow other people to dictate what I wear and how I feel about myself. Is this refusal an easy thing to do? Hell no. Hehe. It's very hard for me, but I make myself do it.
Albeit on very rare occasions. Today happens to be such an occasion. ;) Despite feeling super self-conscious, I couldn't help but recognize that this outfit is actually pretty f*cking trendy. Hehe. It's nothing that I haven't already seen done in some way, shape or form by other bloggers. All I did was basically put my own watermark on it, so to speak. This style may not be anything new, but being able to wear it and with confidence, even if it had to be feigned, meant a lot to me. It's a step in the right direction.
Thrifted - ModCloth Black Bustier Top (Sale) & ModCloth Black Boots (Gift)
c/o Happiness Boutique - Black Obelisk Necklace
c/o zeroUV - Retro Steampunk Flip Sunglasses
ASOS - Faux Over-The-Knee Sock Tights
ModCloth - Black High Waisted Shorts
Koshka - Cinnamon Duster Cardigan