Confidence is Your Best Accessory

A New York Love Affair :: Crop Tops and Confidence

You see this shirt? It was an investment. Not a ‘this-is-kinda-pricey-but-I’ll-have-it-forever’ kind of investment … because this shirt only cost $10. This was an investment in my future self. A little goal I made – I’m going to buy this with the hope that I can get to a point where I feel comfortable enough to rock it. Ten dollars seemed like a small enough price to pay for a big motivation.

A New York Love Affair :: Crop Tops and Confidence

Top: H&M (similar) | Pants: Banana Republic | Hat: Lizzibeth (similar) | Shoes: Lockwood | Bag: Prada | Sunglasses: Coach (love these) | Watch: Marc Jacobs | Bracelets: Stella & Dot + Stella & Dot + eff.Y.bee

Throughout the last year I would periodically try it on, look in the mirror, and groan. Not today, I’d think … I was working out and eating right, but not quite there.

A New York Love Affair :: Crop Tops and Confidence

A New York Love Affair :: Crop Tops and Confidence

Finally I realized … you’re never going to feel quite ready to take a risk, otherwise it’s not a risk. You’ve just got to own it, and accessorize it with some confidence.

The most important thing you can do for yourself is whatever you wear, do it with confidence. You aren’t paid to be professionally in shape or be runway-ready beautiful. The most important accessory in your wardrobe is your own self-esteem.

A New York Love Affair :: Crop Tops and Confidence

A New York Love Affair :: Crop Tops and Confidence

Everyone struggles from time to time with body image. Even amazing, beautiful people like my friend Courtney from Color Me Courtney who boldly stood up to internet bullies over her body. If you rock something with fearlessness, no one can say a thing to you. You’re the only judge who matters.

It’s something I have to remind myself of, and something I want you to always remember. The struggle is very real for women. But it’s not a struggle you face alone. And standing up to it is easier than you think.

xoxoelenamichelle-200

 

PS – It’s Wednesday! Which means its time for our “On Wednesdays We Wear” Link Up!


20 Comments

  • Reply May 27, 2015

    Betsy Burleson

    Great post. This is something I struggle with everyday I put my pictures up on our blog. It’s very intimidating. You feel like everyone is looking only at your “trouble” spots. Which I’m sure most are not.
    And you are rocking that shirt and look amazing!!
    Betsy
    http://www.twopeasinablog.com

  • Reply May 27, 2015

    Taylor

    Preach it love, confidence is everything!!! I need/want your bag so bad! It’s perfect!!! love this crop top on you!! :) xo
    http://www.styleiseverythingblog.com

  • Reply May 27, 2015

    Brenda

    Can I just say, I LOVE YOU! I have been struggling with my weight since I hit about 30. I was always too teensy and now the thoughts in my head are always “when I lose that weight…” – it’s like being in prison! Recently I’ve been like – I DON’T CARE :) If I love it, I buy it and I wear it!

    You are looking AMAZING and rocking that crop top, woman!

    xoxo
    Brenda
    À LA PLAGE style

  • Reply May 27, 2015

    Amanda

    This is such a great post! ! You have nothing to worry about, because this top looks GREAT on you! :)

    XO,

    Amanda || http://www.fortheloveofglitter.com

  • Reply May 27, 2015

    ellesees

    you look AMAZING and glad you decided to rock it! ELLE SEES

  • Reply May 27, 2015

    Adaleta

    I have to admit, I struggle with confidence ALL the time. It’s an ongoing battle between me and my brain so thank you for writing this point. The more I see and hear it, the more likely I will believe it! xx

  • Reply May 27, 2015

    Amanda Miller

    love this! You are beautiful and you just have to rock it!
    xoxo A
    The Miller Affect

  • Reply May 28, 2015

    Amanda

    Such a cute outfit and I love the background!! <3
    xoxo, Amanda
    http://www.TheChambrayBunny.com

  • Reply May 28, 2015

    kristyn

    you are beautiful!

  • Reply May 28, 2015

    Jessica Doll

    Great post! Confidence is so important. I love that last photo of you. :)

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