Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone With These Simple Tips | Clozette

Each of us has our own comfort zone. And it can be a bit challenging to widen our horizons and seek out new opportunities. But at a certain point in our lives, we have to take it upon ourselves to step out of our personal limits. Because no matter how safe and easy we want things to be, there are a lot of opportunities we'll miss out on if we don't take that leap.

So take a deep breath, pluck up the courage, and check out our tips on how you can move out of your comfort zone.

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The world is full of opportunities waiting to be grabbed



A lot of people are born and raised in small towns and maybe you're one of them. Of course it's hard to trade the comfortable and relaxed life. But think about how many experiences you're missing out on and how many opportunities you can catch. We'll always have our 'what ifs' so don't make travelling outside your hometown be one of them. Who knows? You might actually love exploring new places!
Don't just think about your passions, experience them


Have you spent hours and hours reading magazines and thinking how passionate you are about fashion or arts? Make it a reality! Catch the first flight to Rome and visit the amazing Roman ruins at the heart of the city. Better yet, experience an amazing fashion show at one of the world's fashion capitals -- like the one Fendi held by the Trevi Fountain a few weeks ago.


Don't forget to make keepsakes



Travelling is one way to shy away from your comfort zone. Why not take your time to travel all around New Zealand to discover the world of the Lord of the Rings or bring out your poses for the Leaning Tower of Pisa? Wherever you plan to go, the act of overcoming your personal limits should always be preserved in memory. So snap away and post those adventures for the world to see!


A personal pick: Milan



New York, London, Paris, etc.-- choose one to explore! But the best one to start a fabulous journey and discover more about yourself is Milan. The vibrant atmosphere of the city is the perfect combination of history and modern life. Not to mention that it's one of the most fashionable places in the world. Plus, don't worry if you can't speak even a bit of Italian because English is enough to guide you through your adventures.


It's all about trying



No matter which path you take, what's important is discovering more about yourself and finding out your full potential. So whether you liked stepping out of your comfort zone or not, at least you tried and you won't have any regrets. With that said, start taking out your personal barriers and fly away! You will always have time to go back to the comfort of your home anyway.

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Have you tried stepping out of your comfort zone before? Share your story with us in the comments below!
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We know how stressful it can get when planning outfits for different occasions and events that will occur back-to-back. “Do you pair these shoes with this dress,” or “Should you go short or long for this event” – the list of questions goes on and on.

Luckily, luxury fashion retailer NET-A-PORTER will solve all your special occasion fashion woes with Self-Portrait: a fresh and feminine brand founded by Malaysian-born designer Han Chong that bridges the gap between ‘high fashion’ and ‘high street’. With its charming cocktail wear filled with lace, sheer overlays, and a ton of intricate embroidery, it’s no wonder why celebrities such as Kendall Jenner, Miranda Kerr, and Reese Witherspoon are some of the brand’s clientele!

If you want to stand out in every occasion you attend and want to go beyond a typical shift dress, keep reading below for our picks from Self-Portrait’s collection of ethereal-meets-high-fashion pieces!


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For a bridal shower or bachelorette party: Tiered broderie anglaise-trimmed crepe maxi dress



Add a little spice to the bridal showers and bachelorette parties you attend with this navy crepe dress. Whether you wear it with heels or sandals, its elegant sleeves and tiered lace skirt will keep you looking stylish from day to night!

For “desk to disco”: Off-the-shoulder cutout ponte jumpsuit



Jumpsuits are great as a work OOTD because they’re only one piece, meaning you won’t have to go through the hassle of mixing and matching tops and bottoms. So if you want your jumpsuit to go from “desk to disco” (aka from work to cocktail hour), this red off-the-shoulder will definitely become a staple in your work wardrobe!


For fashion events: Floral-appliquéd tulle and georgette mini dress



Fashion events are where you can get creative. By combining Victorian-inspired lace with fresh and contemporary details , this navy tulle dress will ensure that all eyes are on you even if you’re not strutting down the runway!


For a reunion with your college besties: Guipure lace, crepe and tulle mini dress



A reunion between gals is always fun and exciting, so why not show off your strong fashion sense with this mini lace, crepe and tulle dress? Its waistband will elegantly show off your figure, and it’s soft bohemian vibe is right on top of the 70’s fashion trend that’s dominating the streets and the catwalks.


For a summer wedding: Guipure lace midi dress



At any wedding you attend, we guarantee you will always look your best in this sky blue midi dress. Its floral patterns will complement the bright rays of summer, while its lace trims will softly accentuate and highlight your curves!

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Want to get your hands on one (or all) of these frocks? Then click here to shop Self-Portrait's collection at NET-A-PORTER!

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Summer is slowly slipping away and before we even know it, we're faced another school year. Now before you start thinking about homework and, well, more homework, we have to admit that there are a lot of things to look forward to in school.

One of those things is finally having an excuse to take out those cute fashion pieces that's been hiding in your closet while you frolicked around in beachwear for the past couple of months. There's also planning out which personal essentials you'll bring to school for the next 10 months which is a pretty big deal.  

With that said, how can we forget the holy grail of all school essentials that just puts everything together-- your school bag. From carrying our school survival kit to keeping all of our ultimate school secrets (like notes from our crush), picking out the right school bag is undeniably a significant task. 

That's why we listed our top bag picks that don't compromise style and functionality to make sure you're all set for that school year ahead!

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A classic satchel



Satchels give off an incredibly versatile vibe that's perfect even for after-school plans with your friends. Plus, the satchel's signature cover flap not only adds to one of its stylish elements but also gives our belongings another layer of security.

The ever-so-reliable messenger bag


(photo from juliaantoinette)


Whether you're a fan of the sling or the backstrap version, messenger bags have earned their spot in every back-to-school bag list for good reason. Spacious, simply chic, and perfect for all types of weather, you don't have to worry about keeping your stuff organised while keeping in style with this pick!



A chic tote bag



(photo from CelineChiam)


From laptops to notebooks to your makeup pouch, totes are definitely the way to go. Whether you're going for a casual ensemble or you're all dressed up for an important project presentation, this bag is perfect for either occasion. Plus, it's still reliable when you move on to job hunting and even as you venture into the working world!



A simple drawstring bag



Drawstrings are perfect for school festivals or trips because of its casual yet stylish look. Whether you're packing clothes or snacks, this can work wonders for you in terms of space and weight. 


The good ol' backpack


(photo from Meowissa)


Are you a one-strapper or a two-strapper? With its stylishly geeky feel and tried-and-tested functionality, there's no denying that backpacks bag the crown for the ultimate back-to-school must-have!


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Which of our back-to-school bag picks are you going to sport this year? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!


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