I tend to do a lot of shopping when the seasons change. This is when things get out of control: I attack malls, one store after another, trying to find that perfect outfit, that one top that will change me forever. Months later, when fall turns into winter, I re-evaluate my wardrobe, ultimately ending up with donation bags stuffed with outfits that were supposed to be impeccable.
Spring of 2012 started with no exception. Last Saturday I methodically examined my current tops and skirts, shoes and handbags. The conclusion, that I achieved after this thorough evaluation, was gloomy.
Ever had that mundane and nagging feeling that you have absolutely nothing to wear even though you have plenty?
I am a strong believer that material things do not define us. However, I have to admit that I do like to define myself with clothes. I call it “styling up.”
Although I love shopping and if I could I would live in a mall, I am a reasonable person who understands that I don’t need to update my closet every season. I have plenty to work with as it is. I can try to retrain myself to spend and consume intelligibly. Right? RIGHT?
My Retraining Course
Every season I go through my clothes and shoes, and weed out everything that I did not wear for a long time. I put everything in two piles:
WTF was I thinking pile
I am such a fashionista pile.
This time around, when I was done with cleaning, organizing and re-arranging my clothes, I was able to see clearly what I have and what was overlooked and forgotten.
From there I moved on to…
Creating My Work Uniform
No, not a girl scout uniform, but something that is my staple, something that I wear most of the time, something that makes me feel comfortable and stylish. We all have those outfits. We just need to find them in our closets
At this point I was ready to…
Go Back To Basics
Basics are classy. Basics are elegant. Most importantly, basics are simple. My basics are pencil skirts and nice-fitting black or dark grey slacks.
However, I have to admit that basics can be boring. That’s why I should re-train myself to…
Read Fashion Magazines Intelligibly
I don’t know about you, but fashion magazines compel me to spend. I flip through glossy pages, and a familiar craving for novelty, trendy clothes, and bright colors builds up inside me. For a very long time I could not resist it.
However, I decided that if I want to claim myself to be an intelligent consumer, I should read between the lines, and not take anything too seriously.
Now I am trying to look at any fashion magazines (Pinterest as well) as a teaching tool, a showcase on how to experiment with what I already have in my closet. I am determined to try different pairings of my clothes each week. I am going to fold. I am going to layer. I am going to create!
What do you do to get out of your closet rut?