For the second time in my life, I’ve been facing an interesting predicament when it comes to clothing. I’ve identified a style and way of dressing that I really love and would like to explore, but even after realizing this, I’m a bit afraid to move forward with it.
The first time this happened, I was a senior in high school who had never expressed any real interest in fashion previously. I was a late bloomer, and it took me until the end of high school before I started to feel the urge to dress the way my peers were. But, I kept my feelings on the matter to myself, and didn’t make any progress on the fashion front because I was afraid.
My fear was that people would notice, say something to me, or even make a big deal of it. So instead of calling attention to myself by making any kind of change to the way I looked or dressed, I waited until I had fled town to the safety of college, where no one knew me and I could start fresh.
This time around, I’ve realized I’ve been holding back on the style I really enjoy, but am finding it tricky to get over the fact that it’s a bit daring, and I might stand out in a crowd if I let loose. I’m too self-conscious of a person to embrace that without some anxiety over the matter.
My fear is rooted in worries about what other people think, but there are many other ways to be afraid of dressing the way you want, such as the fear of ruining or staining items you’re emotionally attached to, or the fear of conforming, just to name a few.
So, my question to you is…