My new shoes came yesterday woo hoo!
Guess I should get out and use them now huh :)
So my wardrobe has been in serious need of a makeover for...well, a really long time. I'm a horrible shopper. My mom used to HATE going back to school shopping with me every year because I'd wander around a store and 10 minutes later say I didn't see anything I liked. I've never really felt like I had a "style," I can't stand dressing rooms, and really don't like to spend more than $25 or so on any one piece of clothing. What that's gotten me is a half full closet of clothes that don't fit well or that are worn out. I've joked before that Stacey & Clinton from What Not to Wear would have a good laugh when my entire wardrobe only filled one (if that) of their racks they make you hang your clothes on before they trash them.
Jess from Makeunder my Life inspired me to take a different approach to updating my wardrobe in her Makeunder my Wardrobe series last year. Now that we're on a new, much tighter budget, the process will have to happen in phases, but I think using Jess' tips will make it easier for me to find things I really want and that are worth the money.
Step one is creating your vision, which Jess started doing by reading the book What I Wore. This Jess (me) started by reading Lauren Conrad's book Style instead. I randomly got this book on sale at Target and she happens to have a style that I love. It also has some really good hair and makeup tips in it.
Jess also suggests reading fashion blogs, and as much as I love blogs, I just can't really get into ones solely about fashion. But, I did do something else she suggested. Something I'd been avoiding heavily until recently because I'd heard it could be a giant black hole of fun and time wasting...I joined Pinterest.
I think Pinterest is a really cool concept, but I luckily haven't gotten sucked into it like a lot of people have. I like having the ability to pin anything I come across on the internet, and the boards definitely helped me see that I do actually have a style now that I see all the things I like in one place. But I haven't spent much time actually on the Pinterest site which if I understand correctly, is where the time suck happens.
Step two, exfoliating your current wardrobe, is going to be pretty easy for me. Like I said, I don't have a ton of clothes to begin with and on top of that, since we recently moved I "exfoliated" a lot of my stuff in an effort to not have to cart it across the country. I actually tend to over-exfoliate, which I think I did again this time, and since I'm not much of a shopper nothing really gets replenished. I'm trying to do better about that, and I can tell you that working in an office full of very fashionable young women has been a good motivator for me. My plan is to be more intentional about shopping, to buy things with an outfit in mind, and to go at it one piece at a time.
My most recent purchase? This cardigan from TJMaxx:
The lighting isn't great, but it is a bright aqua color, very similar to some of my Pinterest finds except that it only cost $10. I was drawn to the color first but before I bought it, I tried to put together an outfit in my head out of things I already owned. White shirt, fun heart necklace and jeans seemed like an easy one.
It's going to be a process but I feel like I know where I want to go with my wardrobe now and can be more confident when I go shopping. And maybe even enjoy it :)
If you're on Pinterest let me know and I'll follow you! Also, am I the only girl in the world who isn't a big fan of shopping?