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Pants: COS; Jacket: Zara; Watch: Henry London; Scarf: J.Crew (similar); Shoes: Adidas

Little known fact: for a few months last year, I could count the number of clothing items I bought using less than all my fingers. During that time, I felt incredibly uninspired by fashion. I toyed with the idea of taking a break from posting outfit pictures altogether. Basically, I felt like I’d hit a brick wall when it came to style.

People strive to identify their personal style, but once you do, then what? What exactly happens when you’re able to pinpoint things that are ‘you’ and that aren’t? Truth is, I wasn’t sure. I knew I was a minimalist, but to what degree? Last year, I saw a bomber jacket which I fell in love with, but refused to buy because it had the slightest hint of colour. I felt like I would be betraying my aesthetic. My minimal aesthetic that not only reigned supreme in my closet, but also my apartment, Instagram, and everything in between.

Then I went to Bali…

Initially, I was determined to keep my colourless aesthetic while on vacation. But as I admired the lush green jungles and endless blue ocean, I realized I wanted to share it with you guys. Moreover, I didn’t want to just wear black and white. I wanted to incorporate prints into my style (while staying true to my style). So when it came to Instagram, I decided to add some colour colour into my feed while keeping my editing the same. When it came to my personal style, it was kind of a break through. I decided that I wanted to branch out a little.

I realized that wanting to experiment doesn’t mean I’m betraying my personal style at all. It’s a way to keep things fresh and interesting. While figuring out outfits for NYFW, I picked out these pants from COS. They’re a khaki colour, which is muted enough to be considered a ‘minimal’ piece, but was exactly the sort of variation my closet needed. Going to New York totally reaffirmed this. I was so inspired by other minimalists adding unexpected accents to their outfits.

I hope this post has inspired you to stop pigeonholing yourselves, and not be afraid to branch out. Sometimes, it’s exactly what the doctor ordered for a fresh dose of inspiration.

     

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  1. March 2, 2017 / 2:33 pm

    I enjoyed reading this!! I think that we all come to a phase like yours sooner or later and it’s important to know how to react to it, like you did. A little bit of color never hurt nobody
    xoxo Stay inspired

  2. Yiota
    March 2, 2017 / 5:57 pm

    The khaki pants are awesome and you can style them in so many ways. I always add colour to my outfits but in winter I always wear monochromatic clothes (mostly black) and I add a coloured bag or scarf! x

    Yiota
    http://pinkdaisyloves.blogspot.com.cy/

  3. March 2, 2017 / 7:34 pm

    Sif!!!!! I’m so obsessed with this jacket!!!! Totally need babe!!!! Love love love!!!! Hehe and I can’t wait to hang with u in Hawaii!!! Xxx Ashley http://www.missgunner.com

  4. March 3, 2017 / 8:40 am

    I enjoyed reading this post Siffat! I find it important to be flexible and open to new things, even when it comes to style or a pitch perfect Instagram feed.

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  5. March 3, 2017 / 9:35 am

    I love adding a little color accent to a whole black outfit, I think it’s so nice! I love your style and I can’t wait to see how you will styled the inspirations you took from the fashion week!

    http://violettedaily.com

  6. March 3, 2017 / 10:43 am

    I love your style so pleeeease do not stop with the outfit posts! I feel the struggle though!
    I love This coat BTW!

  7. March 3, 2017 / 10:52 am

    I have almost the opposite problem. I do know what my style is but I love to dabble in other things so my outfits / instagram feed is never consistent! Oh well, it’s fun to experiment I guess. Once you feel like you’ve found your style it can be like “what do I do now?” I never want to just wear the same outfits on repeat without switching it up. Your outfit is gorgeous – I love the big sunglasses and the cut of your khaki trousers! xx

    Jessthetics

  8. miri
    March 3, 2017 / 12:08 pm

    I understand how you feel, SIffat. I had a similar crisis with my style when I was pregnant. But I think that it is healthy to enrich your style and branch out. That is what fashion and personal style is about-trying new things and learning to accommodate fashion to changes in our life.
    I really love your jacket. It looks o warm and comfy! Have a wonderful weekend, sweetie.
    X
    Miri

    http://currentlywearing.com

  9. March 3, 2017 / 12:56 pm

    I think the color looks great on you babe and just because you consider yourself being minimalistic, I think there is no need to only wear black or white 🙂
    And need those sunnies ♥ they look perfect

    xxx
    Tina

    http://www.styleappetite.com

  10. March 3, 2017 / 2:25 pm

    I understand exactly how you feel, Siffat, as I have been feeling the same (so have been doing travel posts rather than outfit posts!).
    I love how you added the element of khaki to your look and yet remained totally true to your minimalistic style! I feel motivated to try some more shopping now!
    Love your jacket too!
    Julia x
    http://www.thevelvetrunway.com

  11. March 3, 2017 / 5:30 pm

    Branching out is such a great thing! I find that after I try new things I end up learning more about myself 🙂

    Blessings,
    Edye / http://gracefulcoffee.com

  12. Tamara
    March 3, 2017 / 9:42 pm

    Although they are colorful they are so much your style! Although I’m not a big fan of bright colors, sometimes I like to mix things up and try something for a change!

    XoXo,

    Tamara – LoveofMode.com
    Try On Haul

  13. March 3, 2017 / 11:36 pm

    Every time I visit your blog I want ever ensemble you share from head to toe. You always find such classy pieces that look so versatile to style! I love the fit and color of those cropped trousers. Have a great weekend babe!

    xoxo
    Rina
    http://www.andshedressed.com

  14. Iva
    March 4, 2017 / 10:15 am

    great look!

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  15. March 4, 2017 / 11:33 am

    Addding new elements to one’s style is a great way of developing though, and find things that you didn’t even know you liked. Ofc, as you write, also staying true to your style while doing so. Lovely post babe! Xx

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  16. March 4, 2017 / 3:34 pm

    Good for you for branching out! I hit a style wall last month and I couldn’t think of any new outfits, just feeling totally uninspired. Trying new things helped me out of it!
    Julia・Little Miss Haute Couture

  17. March 5, 2017 / 11:35 pm

    Those pants were definitely a good call. I am the complete opposite, trying to channel my inner minimalist as I love that style when seen on other girls. Truth is life is too short to only wear black & white 😉

    Love,

    Saida | She talks Glam

  18. March 6, 2017 / 3:08 pm

    I love that you found a way to freshen up your style that still felt true to you 🙂

    Xo,
    Serene