Firstly, let me start by saying that I would hardly consider myself out of the box. I’ve always been about as IN the box as you can be. This is a list of challenges I’ve been setting for myself lately. Little thoughts and ideas I’ve been considering and implementing and doing. I’ve grabbed some images of the Aussie Curves hotties to demonstrate each point. Enjoy the post, enjoy their images and let me know what YOU think out of the box style means when you get to then end.

Toss the rules!

For plus size ladies there are plenty of how to dress rules. But this happens to everyone, I saw a story on one of the A Current Drama type shows about swimsuit season. Of course the first cab off the rank is for the ‘curvy’ lady {say fat, go on, I dare you} find a suit that hides your flaws. think bulk coverage and blah, blah, blah. And it went on to each body to type to give a dull, we’ve heard it a billion times description of what to wear. It made me want to go buy a teeny tiny strapless bikini just to say up yours. No way. First rule of out of the box style is toss these rules out the window. Know what suits you and wear that. Don’t let the rules tell you what to do, you just might be the exception. Try lots of stuff on, work it out for yourself, make your own rules, then break them over and over again. 

Wear colour!

One of things I have always done is wear a lot of black. Now black, it’s all kinds of fabulous. It has its place and time in your wardrobe. But when it comes to out of the box it’s about colour. Wearing as much as you can as often as you often. Heck, wearing them together is even better. Nothing says I’m completely unrestrained and free as well as decking yourself in top to toe colour. Try it sometimes. You’ll feel like that mad lady everyone points out on the street, but heck, that’s the point. Dig through the wardrobe and start adding colour to your day to day wear. And then, add some more! More and more and more! Haha. 

Wear things you LIKE!

I was considering not using this one. It actually seems silly to even mention it. But you should wear clothes YOU LIKE. Styles you like, colours you like, fit how you like them. Wear clothes you like. It will make you more confident and happier to be wearing clothes you like, so you look better. No really, have you ever seen the girls who hang at the mall in groups tugging at their clothes? I bet if given the chance loads of them would change into something they liked better. I know as a teenager I would try to fit trends and ideas of cool as dictated by my classmates. Most of them, I didn’t like. What I would have given for someone to tell me think outside the box and be my unique self. Wear clothes you like, wear them often and wear them today. 

Consider a trademark look 

I liken this to the likes of Coco Chanel and others of her ilk when I say consider making a statement with a signature look. For me it turns out my statement looks are stripes and pencil skirts. I happened upon them but it’s sort of become my thing. It was my first foray into out of the box dressing. I found a look for me, separate from trends and popularity and all things like that. It for was me, my body and my expression. It’s my trademark look, an expression of who I am in an outfit. That’s why a trademark look is out of the box. It could be rockabilly in a world of neon. It’s about you. Even if you never wear it, take the time to create one, it’ll be fun.      

Have some fun!

And the MOST IMPORTANT RULE is have some fun. If you’re not enjoying your wardrobe, then it’s time for a change. Maybe you have a wardrobe of clothes you love and never wear them? Well now is the time. It’s time to enjoy dressing. Enjoy developing your style. It might be time to shop, swap or borrow some new clothes. The final rule is that there has to be room for lots and lots of fun in your wardrobe. Out of the box is nothing if not fun. So do that. 

So there you go. I used some photos from the gorgeous Aussie Curves ladies. To visit their blogs just click on the image. They have been a great source of inspiration for me. They’ve shown me the way. They’ve been the cheer squad in the background, even when they aren’t there. It’s been good for me and because of this little challenge, I’ve found out a lot about myself and my style. Especially the out of the box side of things.

So tell me, what’s out of the box for you?

  • sheribombblog

    I had a little ‘aww’ moment at the mention of rockabilly haha

  • abearmadethis

    Wearing lots of colour is really out of the box for me and I’ve not yet managed it. I’m very much a black wearer, slowly over the last couple of years I’ve introducing grey, B&W prints, red and purple to my wardrobe but still always with black. Maybe one day I’ll be brave enough to go out of the box.
    great post, great photo examples xx

    • Thank you, the ladies look great, right!? I know what you mean, sometimes it can take a while to build the wardrobe to facilitate this sort of style too. I’m sure you will. Us Aussie Curves ladies will push each other right over the style edge if we have too. 😉

  • You’re so welcome Kakka. I’m glad you could put your hands on what you needed. That’s the best bit! 😀

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  • Awesome post, thanks for including me 🙂

    • Thanks Hayley. You’re welcome. I couldn’t think of a better example for breaking the rules. you have even broken your own for that post. Perfect.

  • Hanne

    Great post!
    Most of all it reminded me that what I’m doing now is right. I’ve always had a different style than my peers, like wearing big wool sweaters paired with flared pants in 5th grade looking like a cute little dork (I even was mistaken for the teacher in our 7th grade school photo), but I’ve never been confident in my appearance untill the last year or so. Even when I was a punk rocker at 14 I was super unconfident because I was obsessed with the rules that I believed dictated what was and wasn’t punk. Of course now I look back and think I was a silly brat. And tossing out the rules on what I can’t wear has been an empowering move. I recently bought a motorcycle style leather jacket, a garment I’ve always wanted but never believed I could pull of, and I’ve heard from strangers that I’m a little punk, something I never recieved as a “compliment” even when I was trying so hard to be one, haha. To your question; out of the box style is to me when someone does something unexpected or does the expected with a twist. That’s my very broad definition of it at least.

    • I’m sorry I missed this!! What a great comment and addition to this post. Sometimes WE ARE the ones who put the rules on us that keep ourselves boxed in. I’m glad you got yourself that punk rocker jacket. Thanks for dropping by. 🙂

  • Kay Walker

    As a shorty but with a recently acquired top-heavy shape, I am finding it difficult to find a look I’m satisfied with. However, I’ve never been afraid of colour & only started having black things in my wardrobe when I was working (haven’t worked for 5 years now, unfortunately for my self-esteem). I’ve always tended to dress “young”, but now at 60, I’m starting to think “mutton dressed as lamb” might be what I’m called behind my back. Nevertheless, I still like younger fashion and will wear it at home and on most casual occasions. It’s rather funny that sometimes my same-age friends will give a wry grin & say things like “oh come on! You’re not coming out in THAT!” and I may sometimes change a T-shirt for a real shirt, but mostly I stick with what I like. I can’t walk in pencil skirts, so I don’t ever wear those, I hate being constricted in hot weather, so don’t wear trousers/jeans in summer and I like dresses with waists, even though my own is rather large nowadays! What do people think about the “young-style” for youthful-appearing over 40s?

    • I think you should do what you want, what makes you happy and confident and well, happy. Haha. My Dad just turned 60 and while he doesn’t have an interest in fashion and wearing funky things, it gives me a real insight into growing older and that really, it means nothing finite. Wear your tee’s. Enjoy them. Tell them Suger said so. 😉

  • Aww lovely, thanks Sug, great message too

  • Camilla

    I’m still to find what my style is… any tips on working that one out?

    • Try the Fashion Anarchy series or even the Budget Fashionista one {that later became the eBook} both have some tips on working out what you like. Or use the search bar to find a link to the guest post I did at Styling You called How I used Pinterest to find my personal Style.

      Feel free to ask any questions, I can answer here or in a post if I think other ladies might be wondering the same thing.