Tell me I’m not the only one here: I’ve noticed that after having each of my three babies, I’m suddenly inspired to rework my wardrobe and hone my personal style.
Maybe it’s because I can finally wear pants that have belt loops again — so I’m inspired to actually use a belt.
Or that I can see my feet while standing upright — so then I want to put on shoes that I think look cute, rather than the flip-flops I’ve worn for the past few months simply because I could fit into them and put them on without assistance or bending over.
For me, there’s something that needs to follow the whole boxing-up-maternity-clothes ritual. At two weeks out, I own one pair of jeans that fit me properly. I own several that are too big, and the rest of my pre-pregnancy jeans are too small. I know that as time goes by, my body will return to my normal and I’ll fit into my old clothes again.
At the same time, do I want to fit into those clothes? Do they make me feel comfortable in my own skin? Semi-stylish? Not frumpy?
I have long admired women who maintain wardrobes of things they love and fit them well, and yet do not require massive closets.
My goal is to curate a wardrobe containing only pieces I love. I remember what it was like to wear my favorite outfit to school when I was younger. I walked a little taller and felt a little more confident in my (extremely awkward, gangly) body.
Why can’t I wear a ‘favorite outfit’ every day? I don’t need 100+ combinations of unique outfits, after all.
And another thing — why do clearance racks cause me trouble? Just because the price is dirt cheap, and the item sorta fits me, it doesn’t mean that item needs to come home with me. It seems I’d be better off to ignore the price initially and decide on an item based on it’s own merit.
So I’m drawing inspiration from posts such as:
- The wardrobe from scratch series at Putting Me Together
- A SAHM capsule wardrobe and issues with the SAHM capsules at Wardrobe Oxygen
- The style & SAHM series at This Felicitous Life
- The clothes series at Small Notebook
- and Jessie’s What I Wore Wednesday posts. Love seeing a bloggy friend who happens to have kids the same age (roughly) as my own as she updates her own style!
What does this have with money?
Well — if I can shop more deliberately, and buy better-quality items that last longer, then (hopefully) I will save money overall. I’m tired of purchasing items because they’re ok and they’re cheap. What does that get me? A closet with things that don’t necessarily go well together, things that don’t hold up to the washing machine/baby urp, and things that don’t make me feel all that great. It doesn’t mean I am not going to look for sales or coupon codes — it just means the discounts won’t drive the purchase.
I don’t know if you’d have an interest in me blogging my way through any of this (please let me know yea or nay).
If this is all I end up saying here on the matter, I guess I’ll end this post with:
We’ve gotta wear clothes anyway. Why not wear clothes that fit us well, that we enjoy wearing, and present us at our best?