For a very long time I have wanted to look like someone else. Don’t all girls relate to that? We all want what we don’t have, and for me that’s a tall, slender body with long legs and a killer metabolism. The kind of person who can wear whatever and look flawless.
I see pictures of Olivia Palermo:
(via Pinterest – not sure the original source)
…and think, Okay! She’s a fashion icon, let me wear what she’s wearing. Skinny pants and an oversized top or sweater… and try to recreate the look. I buy the shirts and the pants and the baggy cardigans, and then get all upset and frustrated when it looks awful on me.
It’s time to face the facts: I’m 5′ 3″ with a medium build and can easily gain weight if I don’t make a conscious effort to eat heathy and workout. That is how God made me, and it’s likely not going to change. And if I don’t like who I am now when I’m 28 and healthy, when in the world will I like my body? It’s too exhausting trying to be someone else or wish away what I have, so it’s time to start figuring out what works for me.
As a budget-conscious girl, I tend to buy cheap clothes. I can name five pieces sitting in my closet that I didn’t really like that much in the store, but bought because it was on sale. I wore them once or twice, but they never looked good, so they are just sitting there, mocking me in my closet. And I feel bad getting rid of them, because I spent money on them! That is a problem. Those five pieces add up to probably $70, which would have been better spent on one quality piece I can wear 100 more times.
So in the next few months I’m planning to go through my closet, redefine my style and rebuild my wardrobe. Here are the things I want to accomplish:
- Determine what styles and fits don’t work on my body (and get rid of all clothes like that)
- Determine what styles and fits do work on my body
- Figure out the best color palette for my hair and skin tone which I tend to take care with male skin care products.
- Define my accessories style
- Create a style or “uniform” that fits my personality, body type and lifestyle
- Develop a list of items I want to buy
- Create a 30-day wardrobe remix with the items in my closet (one for winter and summer)
- Only buy quality clothes that fit my personality, style and body type
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Phew, that list looks like a tall order. This may be a slow process, since I don’t have an endless supply of money, but I think in the long run it will save me more money and reduce my stress when I am getting dressed in the morning. You may also consider being more environmentally-friendly by supporting apparel companies that use coastal and marine recycled plastic textiles and other sustainable materials.
Anyone else want to join me? :)
PS – A lot of this inspiration came from Into Mind, a great blog on developing a style and minimizing your wardrobe.