Change

Sweater: Aritzia (similar here and here); Jeans: Zara (similar here and here); Jacket: Zara (similar here and here); Shoes: Alexander Wang

Change can be a daunting thing, especially in the realm of blogging. Last year, I tweaked my editing style a little, and I remember constantly worrying that people would hate it. So much so, that I put it off for about 3 months. But the thing is, as a creative, as soon as I get bored of something, I can no longer pour my soul into it. This started happening with my style. I’ve been a minimalist, through and through, for the past couple of years. But suddenly I felt myself gravitating towards pieces with interesting details. Or, dare I even utter the words, a print. The thing is, I’ve curated a wardrobe of very simple pieces. In fact, I think I have 4 variations of the same grey turtleneck. However, after years of the same wardrobe, I got bored.

At first, I kept asking myself if I was even allowed to feel bored. If I was allowed to eye a top with ruffles. I’d been in a committed relationship with minimalism for 2 years. How could I possibly distance myself from it? What would people say? Would it take away from my credibility? Then, I realized that minimalism isn’t my boyfriend and I’m allowed to ‘cheat’ on it. I began to face the stark reality – I’d outgrown pure minimalism – at least for now. So I began adding pieces to my wardrobe that inspired me – minimal, but with a twist. I also began to experiment with new shoot locations.

This whole experience got me reflecting on something very important. I began blogging because it gave me creative freedom. Because it allowed me to express myself without the constraints of someone else’s rules. When did I start pigeonholing myself? And as much as I love my readers, when did I become afraid of what they thought? My goal here is to inspire you, which I can only do if I feel inspired myself. So, if you notice small maximalist details being infused into my minimalist wardrobe, now you know the story behind it. What are some things you do to stay inspired? And have you ever been afraid of change?

 

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  1. April 23, 2017 / 4:07 pm

    Change can be very scary sometimes, it’s something we all go through. And you’re right Siffat, you shouldn’t pigeonhole yourself. Your blog readers should accept you for who you are. Love your outfit, the fishnet tights under the jeans is such a cool touch. xx

    Coco Bella Blog

  2. April 23, 2017 / 11:02 pm

    Change really can be daunting. However, a fact I’m encouraged by is that there is no progression maintenance. To progress, one has to reach further than one’s norm.

    I look forward to seeing you embracing change. Be free darling.

    ps; you look great; as always.

    Funmi x
    http://www.funmialabi.co.uk/autumnyard

  3. April 24, 2017 / 12:02 am

    Change can be scary, especially if your getting a positive reaction with what you are currently creating. However its necessary and I’m glad you did…. I love what you produce

    Filipa xxx
    PlayingWithApparel.com | Instagram

  4. April 24, 2017 / 3:47 am

    style is always evolving and changing and I think you have stayed true to yourself. I love all of your outfit choices!

    http://www.prettyinleather.net

  5. April 24, 2017 / 5:13 am

    Good for you for embracing change- I know it’s one of the hardest things. I love your style and I think that staying true to what you want to do with it is the best thing.
    Julia・Little Miss Haute Couture

  6. April 24, 2017 / 8:05 am

    I loved this post! I so afraid of change but at the same I feel I need it sometimes! I love you hair by the way!

    http://violettedaily.com

  7. April 24, 2017 / 11:31 am

    Love the pictures babe and totally understandable that personal style changes over the years – I also like in general basics and minimal clothings, but always with some eyecatching details or statement accessoires.
    Love the feathers on your jeans – perfect ♥

    xxx
    Tina
    http://www.styleappetite.com

  8. April 24, 2017 / 1:15 pm

    I am very scared of change honestly, but when it actually happens Im super happy that it did occur. Everything happens for a reason and we just have to find that reason!! Always have to see the good/positive side of every change. Btw love this look its so gorgeous!!
    xx,
    Areli’s April // On Bloglovin

  9. April 24, 2017 / 2:27 pm

    So funny you wrote this, I am the say way. When I start to get bored of things, I try and switch it up. I was so worried about my followers, but I had to do what was best for me.
    I loveee your style, I think it is so chic and classic with a twist.

    Denise | Fashion Love Letters

  10. April 24, 2017 / 2:29 pm

    Oh very great coordinate darling
    I love it your coat
    xx

  11. April 24, 2017 / 2:30 pm

    I think everyone has multiple styles. You don’t need to define it by just one name. You do you girl!
    -Kate
    http://www.katekoutures.com/

  12. April 24, 2017 / 2:30 pm

    I really love your jacket!! The buttons make it look so polished..the gold detail on the heel of your shoes are nice too…they make the whole outfit flow!
    Love it!

    http://www.luellapearl.com
    Caitlin

  13. Nina
    April 24, 2017 / 2:33 pm

    Change is necessary time to time. You look gorgeous in this coat.

    Nina’s Style Blog

  14. April 24, 2017 / 2:40 pm

    Change can definitely be scary but it doesn’t mean it is a bad thing! I think it’s important to be growing and changing all the time, so naturally that should come across in your blog too!
    x Emily
    http://shedoes.com.au

  15. April 24, 2017 / 3:17 pm

    LOVE this post. Such an amazing outfit! xoxo

  16. April 24, 2017 / 4:20 pm

    Change is always kinda scary but its necessary. Also, as much as I love minimalism, I totally know what you mean and its totally ok to but the random pieces to spice up your wardrobe from time to time. I recently bought a Gosha Rubchinsky sweater and people thought I was crazy but I didn’t care. I LOVED IT haha.

    -Didier
    http://www.didieryhc.com

  17. Britta
    April 24, 2017 / 6:02 pm

    Change can be so scary sometimes but necessary if you want to expand your horizons.
    Love this look btw! This coat is such a classic.

  18. Amy Arnold
    April 24, 2017 / 6:27 pm

    You are so funny! I think what I love most about fashion is the ability to change whenever I want! You always look amazing to me!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  19. April 24, 2017 / 7:33 pm

    Siffat you are such a fashionable girl I am mesmerised, I love your sens of style 🙂 I’m love with in your trousers they are so unique!!! <3

  20. April 24, 2017 / 7:59 pm

    As long as YOU”RE inspired you’ll automatically inspire others babe! Love your style, any way it evolves!
    Thank you for the blog visit babe, hope to see you back for my latest!

    Xx- Julie
    Haute Khuuture Blog | Instagram

  21. April 24, 2017 / 11:06 pm

    Siffat, you are so right about change being daunting and difficult to approach. It always seems to be a hard thing to incorporate into life, but it’s necessary in order to not be bored! I’m so glad that you are starting to branch outside of minimalism and feeling more comfortable to change. Also, love this look!

    xx, Amy
    http://www.theluxilook.com/

  22. April 25, 2017 / 3:19 am

    I love this post! I’ve been thinking a lot about the idea of change lately too. It can be a scary thing, but change is what usually brings incredible things to our life. If you’re looking for a new result you HAVE to implement change. I love your blog and am always excited to see what you come up with, regardless of whether or not it sticks to an exact theme.

    Ciara
    http://www.ciarasalloum.com

  23. April 25, 2017 / 7:43 am

    You should do and wear whatever makes you happy! Even if you’re a minimalist, I’m sure your readers will love seeing you evolve and experience the change with you!

    Tina
    http://www.justatinabit.com

  24. miri
    April 25, 2017 / 9:05 am

    Hi Sweetie,

    I am so in love with your pants. You are always stylish and I think it is actually normal to change or adjust our style when we feel like it. So I am totally supporting you.

    I am afraid of change probably as most of us. But life is about change and if we remain the same, we will be dead. So we have to learn to embrace it and accept that change is inevitable part of life.

    X
    Miri

    http://currentlywearing.com

  25. April 25, 2017 / 3:59 pm

    I love change when I’m in control of it. I hate it when I’m not… You look great! I love the fringe detailing.

    http://www.thekaragon.com

  26. April 26, 2017 / 12:05 am

    Change isn’t easy, but it has grown me so much over the past few years. Your hair looks killer in this photo BTW <3

    Blessings,
    Edye | http://gracefulcoffee.com

  27. May 1, 2017 / 12:34 am

    I totally understand what you’re talking about in this post. Anyway, i think there’s nothing wrong with change. We are humans in constant change so that’s totally ok to find new styes or new pieces in different styles we aren’t used to wear that we now like.
    By the way, i absolutely love your coat.
    lefashionaire.com