Pulling Off Intimidating Outfits | Risk 23 Series

Pulling off intimidating outfits and wearing clothes I would never wear

Welcome back to the Risk 23 blog series where I document a new risk I’ve taken every Wednesday! This week I tried pulling off intimidating outfits! To be honest, I’m not sure what my current style would be called. Perhaps library chic? Sometimes in the Summer, I do lean towards more of a vintage inspiration. Regardless, I took a good look at my wardrobe one day while preparing to go out with some friends, and I realized that I really don’t have anything that is a bit like a going out outfit. I’m not sure if that is just how I am as a person but I decided to do something about it.

How was your day/week?

I did this risk for a day and a half. I would say that it went pretty well!

What did you do?

So, I decided to try pulling off intimidating outfits. By this, I mean clothes that I would never ever for a second think to choose to wear outside of my house.

The first outfit was from Fashion Nova and it was quite scandalous for me. It was a sheer black bodysuit with roses on it, paired with black shorts with roses. Oddly, I was invited to a masquerade party and decided to finally take the outfit out of the packaging. Since it’s cold, I paired it with an oversized coat and over-the-knee tights. It was definitely one of the sexiest things I’ve ever worn but it was super cute. We got to the party super early so I just sat at a table with my coat still around me. I was definitely feeling very self-conscious. However, I did end up taking the coat off eventually. It felt like someone had taken my comfort zone away from me! I was definitely feeling completely naked!

Eventually, I warmed up to the idea of this outfit and enjoyed myself. As the night went on, I definitely felt my confidence starting to build up more and more. Soon, the discomfort went away.

The second outfit came the next day. It was a laced see-through turtleneck with a mini skirt. It was cute! I think I wasn’t as hesitant because I was still on a high from the previous night. I wore this outfit the whole day and I definitely felt like I could take the world.

Did you learn anything new about yourself?

I learned that I absolutely hate drawing attention to myself. I also hate being judged, but I learned that as long as you have the confidence to rock it, it shouldn’t matter what other people think! So, I think this challenge allowed me the opportunity to learn how to take a little bit more initiative.

How did you feel about this risk before?

A little backstory about my history with pulling off intimidating styles. I’ve only ever felt uncomfortable with an outfit before doing this. This particular outfit was a red dress with a severely plunging neckline. My mom bought it and sent it to me and I wore it to a formal at college. Now, this was in New York so I wasn’t too worried about being judged. Nobody in New York cares what you look like, really. Especially because this was my last year in college and I wanted to go out with a bang. All my friends were shocked that I chose this outfit because it was totally not like me.

Fast forward to today, I’m no longer living in New York and people are a bit judgy in my current area. So, most of the time I keep a low profile (not like I didn’t before). Wearing something so revealing definitely gave me anxiety because I hate being judged.

How do you feel about this risk now?

I’m much more open to it! Pulling off intimidating outfits can be extremely nerve-wracking, but it was fun!

Why did you pick this risk?

I need to get out of my comfort zone more! A lot of my clothes very rarely leave my neck and I thought it would be a good idea to try pulling off intimidating outfits.

Would you take this risk again?

Absolutely. There was something liberating about finally getting comfortable with being uncomfortable. I definitely want to try more outfits that pull me out of this shyness in my clothing. I wish I would’ve done this sooner and I think next time I would be even bolder.

Additional comments?

My biggest complaint is that I was so shy at first! This was really because I was so out of my comfort zone and I didn’t want to be judged. I think going forward I want to have more confidence in myself. Pulling off intimidating outfits can be really exciting! When it comes to pulling them off, I would say pick something you like because if you like it, you’ll be more inclined to wear it. Then, all you have to do is push yourself to wear it!

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