Are Your Clothes Wearing You?
Are you wearing your clothing or are your clothes wearing you? It is an article I recently wrote for the Times Leader. Maybe you are wondering what does that even mean? Are you dressing with intention or purpose or are you just gravitating to a piece that you like? To have a sense of style is wearing clothing that empowers you and that doesn’t make you feel self-conscious or uninspired. Here are a few questions to ask yourself:
Are you buying too many prints?
When you look in your closet, is it full of pattern and prints that may be fun but limit you to how many outfits you can create with them. Ask yourself a few questions when you pick up that printed top next time in the store
Is it a color or pattern that will make a difference in my wardrobe?
Will it make my other pieces feel new again?
Does it have more layering potential than other pieces I own?
Do you only own one hit wonders?
When it comes to this category, are you buying great pieces to wear once to only sit in your closet afterwards? Here are a few questions and answers to the mistakes you may be making.
Ask yourself: Are you buying what fits for your lifestyle? Are you buying fancy sequined dresses and shoes but spending most of the time laying low key?
Are you buying it JUST because it’s on sale? While it may be insanely exciting to score a $500 Alice and Olivia dress for $100, if it doesn’t fit you quite right you actually just cost yourself a bit of money.
Are you too focused on trends?
As a stylist I am one of the first people to say that I do dive into trends and like to switch things up quite a bit. I made a promise to myself that I had to have my “essentials wardrobe” complete before I add the hottest pieces of the fashion world into the same closet. So
Are you someone who has a shopping high because you are able to scoop something up that you saw on the latest street style blogger or favorite retailers website?
With the age of social media, trends are happening faster then the retailers can supply them which can become a vicious shopping cycle.
I am not saying to stop buying things that do bring you actual joy – if they are a trend and they do make you happy, get it and have some fun! Just don’t over do it.
Some questions to ask yourself are:
Where are all the different areas in my life I can wear this?
Will I love this a year from now?
Is it the best piece for my body type?
Does it truly feel like me?
Now you are on your way to dressing more with intention and now the fun can begin!