A Style Challenge and Stepping Outside Our Comfort Zone

Hello everyone! Thank you all so much for your lovely comments on my last post. I realise how short of time everyone is so I really appreciate the time taken out of your busy days, to get in touch.

I think that wearing your heart on your sleeve from time to time can be a good thing. It encourages others to share their experiences and I’ve really appreciated the support and perspective offered. It’s so much easier than soldiering on alone! It’s also put me back in touch with some of my blogging friends from the very early days, which is lovely.

I’ve taken on board your comments, I’m processing them and more importantly, hopefully I will be bringing you more of what you would like to see on here. 

Vinyl trousers Mango (£35.99) shoes Aldo but similar here from Marks and Spencer (£19.50) similar shirt here Hush (£59) which comes in a star print here

So taking all of that into account, I thought that I’d bring you a pair of trousers that everyone will, quite probably, hate presented a little bit of a “style challenge”. I thought it might be a nice feature to run from time to time and I already had these after the photoshoot last week.

So what is it about these trousers that present a “challenge?” Well I think that’s pretty obvious to most of us – it’s even in their name. “Vinyl.” The word either makes me think of records (which are now super cool to listen to so I don’t need to explain what they are – unlike about 8 years ago when no-one knew what they were unless they owned them) or flasher macs. Don’t ask me why, it just does.

BUT there were things about these trousers that I could totally identify with. First, they’re navy and I am very comfortable in anything navy. Had they been red, khaki or black, I perhaps wouldn’t have gone there. Secondly, I’m happy wearing this style trouser, so again that wasn’t too far out of my comfort zone. Given that it was only the fabric that was different, and that two out of the other three criteria were well within my comfort zone, I could imagine that I might like them. I might not – but I could. And that was enough for me.

The “one step outside of your comfort zone” is something I work on quite a lot when styling women. People are definitely creatures of habit – we all are (hello navy blue). And whilst it’s my job to suggest new ideas, there’s no point trying to take people too far out of their comfort zone. They may say “yes” on the day but there’s a good chance that whatever we buy may well sit at the back of the wardrobe unworn – and I hate that idea.


I definitely couldn’t do a vinyl mac – the connotations are too strong and there would also be too much vinyl for me – but I think that they can look great on others. The older we get, the more that memories of the past (particularly school uniform colours or Grandma’s curtains!) inform what we are happy to wear, probably much more so than trends. But it’s definitely good to keep pushing the boundaries, rather than getting in a rut. Pair more challenging pieces with things that you love already, ignore your family, take a photo and see what you think. Vinyl trousers may not be for you, or for me, but I do love a (style) challenge!

6 Comments

  1. Rachel Gear
    March 6, 2018 / 12:33 pm

    I absolutely love these trousers on you Beth! I hadn't clocked that they were navy until you said, so that makes them even nicer in my book. But are they noisy? Do they rustle a bit? I think it's great to push ourselves outside of our comfort zone from time to time!

    • StyleGuile
      March 11, 2018 / 9:36 pm

      Hi Rachel – I've just done a bit of a "rustle" test and whilst they do make a little noise, I wouldn't say that it's too loud. I don't think that it would be distracting. I might wear mine tomorrow and see! x

  2. Kathleen Penfold
    March 7, 2018 / 7:52 am

    I love the look but would also be interested in the sound effects they may make – could be a deal-breaker.

    • StyleGuile
      March 11, 2018 / 9:37 pm

      Hi Kathleen – I'm going to give mine a good outing tomorrow and see how I get on with the rustling! x

  3. Kathleen Meadows
    March 9, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    I couldn't agree with you more that we need to stretch ourselves style-wise. We can get into wearing the same thing so often and shying away from things that we class as "not me" yet when we adorn ourselves with something we never considered and look in the mirror it stretches our sense of who we are. It's just healthy to do that 🙂 I sew my own clothes and this has helped me to revisit much of these preconceptions – recently I decided for example of make up a couple of silk Kimono jackets which was something I never would have considered wearing!

    • StyleGuile
      March 11, 2018 / 9:38 pm

      Hi Kathleen, I think that you have hit the nail on the head there. Sometimes just having the confidence to try something new opens up a whole new world of clothing possibilities. I love the sound of your silk Kimono jackets!

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