Wednesday, February 1, 2012
what not to wear
"Style" has been a topic of conversation lately with many of my friends. To top it all off, my friend Ashley did a post yesterday about her Style Resolution. I'm similar to her in that I just get lazy about it. My routine to 'get ready' consists of brushing my teeth, washing my face, throwing my hair up, and putting on a t-shirt and jeans. Not too glamorous. Sure, I'm a stay-at-home mom, so I can do that. However, there's more to this than just laziness for me. I feel like I've forgotten how to dress myself.
All of 2011 consisted of being pregnant (January-October) and dealing with post-pregnancy body/exhaustion (October-December). Now that my body is back to normal, I have no idea what to wear. It's like I don't know what goes with what. I look at my over-stuffed closet and can't put an outfit together. It's weird.
Honestly, I love living in sweat pants, t-shirts, ponytails, and no makeup. I could do it every day for the rest of my life. The problem comes in when I actually need to get dressed for something. If I have to actually look cute, I'm in trouble.
I think there are a couple of things that need to happen in order to fix this:
1. I need to clean out my closet. I need to get rid of things that I don't ever wear. I do this every year, but this year, I will not be doing it alone. I am going to enlist my very fashion-forward friend, Reese, to help me. (She will basically assist me in my own personal "What Not to Wear" episode.) I need someone to say, "No, Claire. That's not cute," or, "Claire, you're never going to wear that." My weakness is that I justify keeping everything for fake 'theme nights' that exist in my head. But what if I have to dress up like Scary Spice one day and need these crazy camo pants? Yes, I have those kinds of thoughts. But, this year those thoughts will be no more. We're buckling down.
2. I need inspiration. In layman's terms, I need pictures of cute outfits that I can recreate. I need ideas. Most of my clothes are from thrift stores; so if I had a few outfits in mind, I could search for those specific pieces there or maybe find them hidden in the depths of my closet.
Once I schedule this Closet Cleanout Day, I'll be sure to snap a few pictures of some of the memorable (ridiculous) clothing items I come across. In the meantime, I'll be checking Ashley's blog and stealing all of her ideas.