SPOILER: You can.
I have a lot of theories. I’m not talking about Illuminati-type conspiracy theories, but more so in a loosely held general sense of the term. “Recurring ideas” might be a better label for them since rarely are my quote UNQUOTE theories based in any scientific knowledge.
Today’s theory: There’s no such thing as having an ability to “pull something off” or not.
Just a warning, I have conducted next to zero (actually, none at all) research on this idea. It’s mostly a “style rule” I consider to be as outdated as the thought that trends still exist. (They really haven’t since 2010, in case you missed it). You’ve heard the phrase before…
“I wish I could pull those pants off!” “I can’t pull off that very specific shade of magenta!” “Those five layers look great on you, but I’d never be able to pull off an outfit like that!”
Nonsense. You hear me? N O N S E N S E. Where did this idea that some people are born with an innate ability to wear certain clothing items better than others?
Follow-up theory A: It’s not that you can’t pull it off, it’s that you choose not to.
Let’s intellectualize this for a hot minute. You know that you can wear whatever your heart desires, right? There are no “rules.” There are no “guides.” Anyone who tells you that you should only wear bootcut jeans because your hips are normal and not that of a runway model is crazy. CRAY-zay. Everyday you are given the freedom to adorn your body with whatever clothes and persona you wish to assume. It’s up to you as to exactly how much freedom you allow yourself to have. It’s not that you lack the wherewithal to outfit yourself in a certain manner, you just don’t. For any number of reasons. Which leads me to…
Follow-up theory 2: It’s not that you can’t pull it off, it’s that you’re afraid to try.
I’ve been there too, I promise. I’ll pass someone in a stand out outfit on the sidewalk and think to myself, “Damn. Why did I dress so boring today?” That, my friends, is a product of fear — often caused by a concern for how others will perceive us. But here’s a little secret: life is a million times more fun/fulfilling/exciting when you stop caring about what 3rd-party observers think of you. I speak from experience, but I also testify this as I am constantly working towards confidence nirvana. I’ve heard it comes with age, but I’m one determined mo-fo who likes to act beyond my years (I blame my “old soul”).
My parting words are: choose to wear whatever the eff you want every g-dang day, and do so boldly and (most importantly) unapologetically. There’s no such thing as not being able to pull something off, especially if you love that “something.”