Breaking Out of My Comfort Zone

For a long time I’ve paired my outfits with simpler and more classic items. I don’t like to label myself as minimal because as indecisive as I am, I know one day I will want to try something else. I’ve always stuck to basic items with solid and neutral colors. This fall, something inside me itches to try something new. You know, like you’ve had black coffee every day for the last two weeks and you just want to try that new salted caramel mocha. You can also tell from my Instagram feed that I’ve incorporated different colors and textures – my salted caramel mocha!

Stepping out of comfort zone can be scary, but also fun at the same time. It’s like welcoming strangers into my life – can be terrifying and/or exciting.

The two outfits I’ve got here both have items that I would not have chosen before. I’ve always believed that as we ride along our lives, we must be able to flexibly welcome changes in life. I am glad to say that I am finding these new colors and textures treating me well. They sure have a spot in my fall wardrobe.

Alright, here we go. This first outfit has a versatile check shirt that can be worn as a light layer, with leggings or tucked in as a shirt. I’ve always dressed casually and effortlessly so putting this shirt on as the light layer works the best for me. I am also looking forward to simply pairing this shirt with leggings errand running. One good thing about being petite is that I can pretty much throw anything over leggings and call it an outfit, haha!


NOW, this pair of trousers. Oh MY GOD! Is it ever SOFT!? These trousers are made with soft jersey with elasticated waist. It is as comfortable as wearing PJs but even better, it looks so stylish! They are petite friendly too. I did roll up the hems a little to show some ankle (a tip for petite gals, showing ankles makes you look taller!). The elasticated waist makes these trousers the best festive companion. Why? Because you can stuff your face with food and yet be comfortable and stylish! Does it get any better than that? I think not. I wore these to my Thanksgiving turkey dinner and needless to say, I feasted on the big bird and mashed potatoes.

If you are not sure how to pair these patterned clothes (tops, bottoms or dresses), follow this rulepick a color in the pattern to be the color of the counterpart item. For example, here the trousers’ pattern is black and white. I simply picked a white-ish top to pair with the trouser. This way, the outfit will look put together as the colors from the top and bottom correspond to each other, and the outfit will not look too busy.

Also, you can use code HOG20 for 20% off on full priced item at Baukjen! DM me if you have any questions on their sizing. 🙂



Outfit 1 –
Check shirt:  Baukjen
Tee: Everlane
Jeans: Everlane
Bag: Celine 
Sneakers: Filippa K, very similar here with a better price!
Necklace: Mejuri (use code “Irene” to get $20 off!)
Outfit 2 –
Sweater: Free People
Trousers: Baukjen
Sneakers: Filippa K, very similar here with a better price!
Bag: Celine


Thanks to Baukjen for sponsoring this post. 🙂



  1. October 10, 2017 / 5:50 am

    I love how you’re stepping out of your comfort zone with these gorgeous colours and patterns! It looks great!


    • Irene
      October 10, 2017 / 10:29 am

      Thanks Shloka! I am ready to try on more different things. So exciting!

  2. October 10, 2017 / 6:29 am

    Dang girl you should break out of your comfort zone more, because you look so gorgeous! I just love the outfits you put together. The 2nd look with those printed pants just looks so good.

    • Irene
      October 10, 2017 / 10:30 am

      Haha thanks Courtney! I agree I need to try on more different things. It’s like opening more doors for me!

    • Irene
      October 10, 2017 / 8:19 pm

      FP sweaters are the best!!

    • Irene
      October 10, 2017 / 8:19 pm

      hehe thanks Allie!

    • Irene
      October 11, 2017 / 9:33 am

      Hehe thanks Violet! You are too kind!

    • Irene
      October 11, 2017 / 9:34 am


  3. October 11, 2017 / 3:54 am

    Great looks! I love how you always go for simpeler items, as they can be so striking and stylish! Stepping out of your comfort zone is scary, but you look great doing so!

    Marije |

    • Irene
      October 11, 2017 / 9:36 am

      Stepping out of comfort zone can defiantly be scary but rewarding at the same time!!

  4. October 11, 2017 / 6:44 am

    I love how you styled both of these outfits. I especially love that cream sweater with trousers. The print is super cute and unique/different without being too much.

    • Irene
      October 11, 2017 / 9:37 am

      I am quite happy about the second outfit as well. The trousers are soft like marshmallows!

  5. October 11, 2017 / 8:07 am

    It’s great trying new styles and clothing that we haven’t weared before. I love this two outfits, these are so inspiring and great for fall. Thanks for sharing!

    • Irene
      October 11, 2017 / 9:38 am

      Thanks girl! Always happy to share new things on blog. Just makes me so motivated!

  6. October 13, 2017 / 1:26 am

    The trousers look so amazing, the style suits you perfectly!

    Anika |

  7. October 14, 2017 / 9:24 am

    HI! irene I love all of your outfits.
    You’re looking beautiful here! Great outfit

  8. October 15, 2017 / 6:11 am

    Indeed, life begins outside of your comfort zone.I love the checkered shirt dear, really beautiful piece for casual look.

    Jessica |

  9. October 16, 2017 / 5:54 am

    stepping out of your comfort zone is scary but its thrilling at the same time! I love doing it and getting to experience new things. And style is always something in evolution! You look great btw.


  10. October 25, 2017 / 12:15 pm

    Omg this outfit is so cute and perfect for Fall! I love the print of your pants! I hope you’re having a good week so far babe!

    Rina Samantha