Earlier this week I wrote a post about clothes, style, and body confidence.
Basically it came down to this fact:
I want to dress better. Develop a personal style. That kind of thing. I’m a bit tired of being the girl in jeans and a tshirt.
That was my goal that came out of the post and thoughts about clothes. I wore the green shirt in the first picture that day and have made an effort most days since then to get dressed.
Working from home means I really don’t have to wear anything specific, but I’m much more productive if I wear clothes that aren’t pajamas.
Additionally I set out some other elements of the process of developing a “style”:
- Look for clothing/fashion inspiration online.
- Evaluate what I currently have and can work with.
- Decide on a few pieces to get first.
- Go thrift shopping here in NZ and hope for the best.
- Start putting together outfits that make me feel my best.
- Eventually sew some new cute things (once I learn how!).
Right now I’m working with #1 and #2 on that list. I’ve been reading a lot of blogs and playing on Pinterest. I’ve also been trying to wear things I already have even if I don’t love them 100%.
Yeah, I’m usually barefoot during my work day. At least I’m dressed!
But then again, today I’m wearing workout wear (took JuJu for a couple long walks today) and a light cardigan since it’s majorly windy.
Can’t win with every outfit. ;)
Some things I’ve learned since jumping into researching fashion/clothing:
- I like stripes and polka dots.
- Though I love pinning and saving bold colored clothes my instinct is to buy neutral.
- I gravitate towards cooler colors like blue, green, and purple.
- Dresses are the most fun to look at though I wear jeans/pants more.
- I also need more accessories and shoes. Definitely shoes.
- I dig headbands a lot. I wear them almost every day.
- I’m scared to buy online.
The last might be the most important actually. I’m terrified to buy online because what if it doesn’t fit? It’s cheaper for me to buy new clothes from stores in the US but then I can’t return them easily. I feel like my body shape and clothes can be tricky to get a good fit and what I think looks great online might not look so good in reality. This is something I’ll probably have to get over and will be much less scared of as my sewing skills progress.
All in all it’s been a successful first week. I hope to keep dressing up most days of the week if not all and will try to explore more with this when I can afford to spare the time, money, and effort.