Stuck in a Style Rut?

Jameela JamilBrowsing through an issue of Company magazine recently, I came to my favourite column – that of the gorgeous Jameela Jamil. This month, the leggy T4 presenter raised an issue I know all too well. The pesky ‘style rut’. Now, in all honesty, when I think of Miss Jamil – funky strapless dresses, long dark hair, 50’s pin-up fringe and a chic hat perched on her head all come straight to my mind – but even though this might sound predictable, is that necessarily a bad thing? So she never wears trousers and doesn’t change her hairstyle every five minutes, so what? To quote her column “If you find a look you like, why change it?”


I myself am sure of my predictable outfit choices. My ever-growing collection of denim cut-off shorts and band tees are treated almost like a daily uniform. But that’s not to say I’m afraid of trying out something new. Trends are fun, but they’re not for everyone. Unfortunately, not all of us are blessed with a waif-like figure and legs up to our armpits – the catwalk trends of the moment can sometimes be a little hard to attempt. As Jameela says:


So many women have a distorted view on what constitutes stylish. They think wearing the latest trend regardless of whether or not it suits their shape demonstrates true style sensibility.”


But this really isn’t the case.  I’ve tried palazzo pants and maxi skirts, but being vertically challenged at 5”3, I couldn’t help but feel like a child in dress up. It just wasn’t for me. So I generally stick to what I know looks good on me and what I’ll feel comfortable in. Try as I might, it’s physically impossible to make these little legs of mine grow. I have big boobs, I’m slim, and (did I mention?) lacking in height. I go for thigh-skimming shorts, skirts and dresses to at least attempt to make my legs appear longer. If I’m in heels, you can guarantee they’ll be platform sky scrapers – as these not only give me a helping hand, but can make the legs appear elongated. I also live in my ‘vintage’ Levis denim jacket (my Dad’s from the 70s), it’s pretty much glued to my back and I’m sure everyone’s sick of seeing me in it. Some would say I’m stuck in a style rut, but I don’t see it that way. I may play it safe and predictable, but it’s my personal style.


While we all at times may stick with styles we know are reliable and comfortable – this doesn’t mean we’re boring. Having the eye to recognise what looks good on you is essential. That body con dress may look beautiful on the hanger, but regardless of whether or not it’s the latest trend –  if you’re not comfy, it will show.


Jameela stresses:


“ In the same way that an uncomfortable pair of shoes can ruin your night, so can an outfit that doesn’t suit you. Confidence is by far the sexiest thing a woman can wear.”


So keep in touch with the latest trends, give them a whirl, but if they’re not right for you that’s fine. Try taking elements of a trend and playing it to your advantage by emphasising your best bits – and we all have those! If you want to jazz things up a bit, try some quirky jewellery and accessories or bright nail polish. In fact, injecting any hint of colour into your wardrobe will make a whole lot of difference – this winter aims to be a colourful one! And if you’re feeling more daring, how about changing your hair style?


At the end of the day, dress for you and nothing else. Know your body shape and height and celebrate them!  And remember, confidence is always in fashion.


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  1. Jasmin says:

    Love this article, I read this too in Company and I couldn’t agree more! You should stick with what you know suites your body shape, not to say you can’t try out new styles but maybe incorporate them into your look with accessories etc – you can’t go wrong that way!

  2. Steph says:

    completely true, why wear something your not comfortable in just to follow the trends.
    comfort & confidence all the way..
    trends for me are in shoes, they will alwayss look good :)