I’m not a huge reality tv fan. I watch the occasional season of The Bachelor, but for the most part, I’d usually choose something with more of a story line than reality television typically has to offer. But boy did I love to watch Fear Factor. Remember that show? Something about watching people eat bugs (and much, much worse things), jump off high buildings, and lay down in spiders just really never got old! Maybe it was Joe Rogan’s snide comments, maybe it was watching to see how far someone would go for money…it was all just quite entertaining. I was recently thinking about that show, and envisioning how it would go if it was all about fashion.
I imagine it would go something like this: the announcer would introduce the contestants. “This is Mary, and she’s a mother of three from Ohio! Her biggest fear is wearing shorts! This is Jennifer, she’s a businesswoman from Maryland and she never ever wears anything other than black! And finally, we have Susan from Washington, and she never EVER wears dresses!” I’m already hooked on this show. Let’s get this straight. I do not like seeing people uncomfortable in any way, shape or form. (Unless it’s eating bugs for money, because that’s their decision isn’t it!?) But I DO love watching people face their fears and conquer them! I love watching a woman walk into the store, try something on that she never would have had the confidence to wear without it being suggested to her, and leave feeling like a million bucks because that one “scary” item of clothing actually makes her look AMAZING. Yes, this is my kind of fear factor! Here are some things that I think women are commonly afraid to wear, just from my experience: shorts, sleeveless tops, dresses, bright colors, patterns, bell bottoms or flared jeans, skinny jeans, and anything deemed “too young” for them. For sure, not all of those things are for every single person, but I’d wager a guess that there is probably something in that “fear factor” category that not only would work for you, but would REALLY WORK FOR YOU. I’m pitching my show idea to Fox. (just kidding)
I saw this look in a magazine and I thought to myself: “this is a fashion fear factor look if I ever saw one!” I mean, bold jacket, brooches, shorts over tights, AND a bare midriff?? This would send some women into the fetal position just thinking about wearing this!
So for me, my “fear factor” is the bare midriff. My midriff has never been the most visually amazing part of my body, and hey, that’s okay, because in real life bare midriffs aren’t really all that socially acceptable after junior high. I decided to recreate this look for fun, but with my own take. Swap the bralette for a vintage cami top and you eliminate the midriff issue!
I love how tights help kind of smooth out legs under shorts! While it is usually considered a bold style choice, it can also help out a little with those who are less than comfortable with their legs being bare. I also love the balance of a short skirt or shorts with a long sleeve top or jacket. It’s perfect for the more temperate climates as well as being a nice contrast.
The moral of this story is: face your fashion fears in manageable ways and don’t eat bugs no matter how much money you’re being offered. Because, yuck.