This isn’t news, really, just a jumping-off point for my recent focus on personal style. I’m thrilled to be thirty and my entry into this new decade is good enough reason as any curate my closet.
In a dream world, Duchess Catherine would pass her hand-me-downs to me. And they’d fit. I love that girl.
While Duchess Middleton can do no wrong, her general style is too fancy for me. This doesn’t stop me from trilling, “Look at me, I’m like Kate Middleton!” whenever I’m wearing a dress and heels.
I’ve soaked up Design Mom’s guide to layering like the French. I love Rachel’s three piece rule. I also have no real shame in recreating complete outfits I see in catalogs. I mean, someone put that outfit together because it looks good, right?
I jokingly call this my “style revival” but it will be a slow transition. I’m not looking for a major overhaul, just a shift in thinking.
Put simply, I vow to know what I want BEFORE I shop for it.
Sounds basic, no? Regardless, it’s kind of new to me. I used to mindlessly wander stores (physically or online) and buy things because they were on sale or I was bored or whatever. No real thought. Heck, when I first moved to the city and had no friends I’d wander through stores on the weekends just to have something to do. I was never one for huge shopping sprees, but slow mindless shopping can fill your closet with things you don’t really love.
Now, I’m looking at pictures of outfits I like and trying to breakdown WHY. Then, I shop for specific items like nude flats or a purple gingham shirt.
This book (which I haven’t actually read yet but fully intend to) inspired me before it even came out thanks to this snippet in Slate. To sum up, there’s no real local demand for your cast-off clothing. Sad, I know. I always feel better after I donate clothing because I love the idea that at least someone will get use out of an item.
But what if they don’t? What if that infrequently-worn sweater just ends up in the trash?
Certain retailers who shall remain nameless churn out “disposable” fashion: cheap, on trend, and designed to last one season. Is disposable fashion really in keeping with how I live the rest of my life? No. From here on out I intend to invest in classic pieces I will have for years.
Sometimes I use this blog to make my intentions public and keep myself accountable. This is one of those times.