How to Love the Clothes You Have (and what to do if you don't)
This past weekend I finally broke out of my couch cocoon to breathe in some fresh air. Nick and I ended up popping all over South Jersey and into Philadelphia (when do we not end up in Philly?). Of course, I had to indulge in my new obsession, Honeygrow. It's a delicious fresh stir frys and salads chain that's local to the Philly area. It was even better sitting in the sunshine. We also managed to do dinner outside at Root in Fishtown. It was perfect.
The other perfect thing about Saturday's sunshine was finally digging into my spring clothes. For some reason, even though they are definitely the same old clothes from last spring, they feel fresh. Which is funny because just last week I was browsing on Instagram and Pinterest, with a few other tabs open like Nordstrom, Free People, and J.Crew Factory.
I seem to go back and forth between loving the clothes currently in my closet and wanting ALL THE NEW THINGS. It's especially hard when the shiny and new stuff is hanging out in your inbox, on your Instagram feed, and simply everywhere.
So how do you love the clothes you have?
Play and plan with your clothes.
The first way to fall in love with your clothes again is to play dress up. Yup, like you're five years old again and hanging with your best friend.
This is your official permission to put together things that you don't think would look good together. Assemble an outfit that revolves around your favorite pair of boyfriend jeans. The more you play, the fresher your clothes will start to look.
Minimize your closet.
Yup, you read that right. Get rid of some of your clothes. Too many choices can lead to being overwhelmed and can suck any and all creativity out of your outfit choices. Even a super creative art director ditched a crazy big work wear closet for a black-and-white minimal outfit.
This spring I cleaned out a lot of my closet. It has helped me see the "bones" of my closet: items I simply can't get enough of. That includes anything with color, ruffles, and that's casual with a little bit of prepiness.
Take care of your clothes.
If you're always enticed by having new and on trend pieces, part of that may be because they look new. AKA they fit nicely, they're not wrinkled, they're not stretched.
Make your new clothes last longer and older clothes look newer by taking care of them. Just throwing everything in the laundry together won't do. Read the labels. Find a dry cleaner. If you need more tips for taking care of your clothes, I'm constantly gathering up tips over on Pinterest.
I'll be honest, for as much as I want you to LOVE the clothes you have, sometimes you just don't. I found this happened to me the closer I got to thirty.
Style in your twenties is so confusing. You're out of college, you don't have a ton of money, and you're a newly minted professional. You buy a hodge podge, whatever you can afford, with some investment pieces thrown in. When I peered into my closet, I realized it was a disaster.
In addition to pairing down what I own, I realized I could add in pieces that more closely aligned to what I wanted to feel when I got dressed each morning. That meant I had to be intentional. Rather than just buy each piece that caught my eye I asked myself a couple of questions:
Does this go with at least three things I already own?
How does it make me feel?
Thinking about how the purchase will fit in with your existing outfits is key. But just as important is buying things that make you feel how you want to feel: sexy, confident, happy, mysterious, or quirky. Intentional style is something I'm becoming more and more passionate about so you can bet (an even longer) blog post on that one is coming up.