Knitted Button Up Black Midi Dress
We each have these ideas of what we can and can't do, and nine times out of ten they're based on pretty flimsy reasons.  But that's a whole other topic.  Right now?  Let's just keep it to our wardrobes. You see, I'm pretty sure everyone has something they think they can't wear; because it doesn't work, it doesn't flatter, it's just not 'suited' to them.  But what does that even mean?  If there's anything we've been taught over the past couple of years, it's that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes and there really is no 'right' way to look.  A butterfly can be beautiful, and so can a kitty cat.  Neither one takes away from the other.  Anyway, last week while shopping, I came across this tight-fitting, knitted midi dress and heard myself saying, ''ugh, wish I could wear that''.  And that was pretty much the moment I decided to practice what I preach.  Skip forward a few days and I'm hanging out in a glasshouse, donning new-in accessories by Aldo and wearing that very same midi dress...
Light Patterns in Glasshouse
Aldo Ulyssia Black Sock Booties
Aldo Meacham Cat Eye Black Sunglasses
My reasons for lusting after the dress but keeping it at arm's length, included being uncertain on midi lengths and also being wary of the tight-fit.  I could have gone on with the reasons, but there's very little that would have achieved.  I'm starting to see there are two types of reasons why we avoid items of clothing and/or trends.  They include having a legitimate excuse (eg. financial, genuine dislike, feeling indifferent etc.), or just not being sure you can wear it, can 'pull it off'.  But here's the thing - you absolutely can.  There's no right way to wear something, no right body type, no right anything.  Or more to the point, there's no wrong anything!
Doors To Traditional English Glasshouse
How to Style Black Midi Dress for Spring
Aldo Ulyssia Black Sock Boots Zip
Plants Found in British Glasshouses

Dress - Zara

Shoes - Ulyssia Sock Boots c/o Aldo 

Shades - Meacham Cat Eye Sunglasses c/o Aldo 
(adore this trending style!)

Bag - Ralph Lauren

Aldo Collaboration with UK Fashion Blogger
South of England Glasshouse Photography
Styling Bodycon Black Knitted Button Up Dress
I adore fashion, but in between all of the rules, regulations, tips and trends, it's so important to remember how inclusive it can be - if you let it be.  Nobody is saying no to you; wear the things you're lusting after and enjoy every moment of them on your body!

I'd love to hear your thoughts on this look in the comments below, as well as whether there's any type of clothing you've always avoided?  And if you're feeling brave, please do share the reason why you've always avoided it!

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With love,

Gabrielle x

Thanks to Aldo for working with me on this post!