Style. It’s no longer my strong suit. I don’t talk much about my style here on the old blog. Not only are we on a budget that hasn’t allowed for buying new clothes. But I’m also having trouble locating clothes I already own that I actually like. I walked into my closet the other day and pulled back each piece of clothing. I do have a lot of clothes. Unfortunately, a lot of them don’t fit me correctly because I’ve recently gained some weight. Or the style no longer suits me. I was lost in my own closet trying to figure out where I went wrong!
Like a lot of other moms, I think I lost my style mojo when I had kids. I used to get a high when I went shopping. Sifting through the purses and jewelry. Trying on a new pair of jeans. Yes, the never-ending search for that perfect pair of jeans that makes you feel, I don’t know . . . like a better you.
I think style is less about clothes and more about how you FEEL in something. I’m always painstakingly choosing what we will wear for our family photo shoots. The photo below is dated (fall 2010) but I loved what I wore during this shoot. I got brave enough to try a pair of jeggings. I never thought I was cool enough to pull off the boot-over-the-jeans trend. But these jeans made it easy to pull them up and go. I tried a bright scarf and gloves for me.
I love a good cardigan. I feel like they are seasonless. At least for me they are. Since I am always cold I can wear cardigans in the summer too so the air conditioning doesn’t make me shiver. And I love a trendy belt. I recently started playing with belts a little more. Putting a belt around my shirt/cardigan accentuates my waist and makes me feel a little bit sexy on a mundane weekday.
This spring, I look forward to our next family photo shoot. I plan on sprucing up my wardrobe with a few pieces before then. One of which will be a new pair of skinny jeans. I feel like I could dress them up with my sparkly ballet flats or dress them down with my canvas slip-ons.
No matter what my closet is like now, it is clear that I need to do some serious thinking about what my style really is or what I want it to be. The truth is, I no longer know. I need to go through my closet and take out anything I haven’t worn in a long time. It’s almost like I need to start fresh and build a wardrobe that I truly love and feel comfortable in. After all, that’s what I really want. I want to be comfortable in my own style.