Monday, September 3, 2012

My Personal Style

Feminine Effects Pinboard

 i’ve been trying to pinpoint my personal style for a while. i went through strange phases as a teenager like some people do (punx, gawth, nerd) and phases where i try to fit in with what i had from my regular cousins (insert weird rockawear, fetish, eckored pieces here). then i worked in a thrift store and bought billions of things from all over the spectrum, most of which are of poor/ratty quality, since they are used and stuff (holes galore).

 i moved in june and packed 75% of my wardrobe (spring, summer, fall, winter). i spent most of the summer in varying states of undress because it was hot as balls and i lived with my boyfriend so why not. when i did have to get dressed, i think i tended to wear the same few tops and the same few bottoms in different combinations, and only a handful of my growing dress collection. i only unpacked maybe 40% of that 75% i packed (ps i changed grade schools when my original one was just getting into percentages and my new one was finishing them, so im not very good at them).

 as i was repacking to move back home, i took ALL of the clothes i had at the apartment and put them in garbage bags as an easier mode of transport and as a way for me to handle each piece and make a decision about it. i had another bag for donations, which i filled to the top. it felt really good to get rid of clothes i’ve had for way too long, clothes i never should have had in the first place, clothes i’d put on and take off, clothes i’d put on and want to take off but live with anyway because by god, i spent money on this and i’m going to wear it (the whole time wishing it was never in my life). a few days later, i handed the bag over to good will. gone gone gone. GONE. FOREVER. AHAHAHA.

 so. let’s repeat this. let’s keep going. let’s stop fooling and holding on to things because WHAT IF. what if what? things aren’t just going to become comfortable one day. things aren’t going to magically fit and look good. so why hold on to them.

 i keep reading about people who declutter their closets and have remarkably less things in it, but feel as though they have more options. they can grab anything out and be happy and excited about it and feel comfortable in it. some go as far as having a simple neutral wardrobe, using accessories for pops of colour and personality, and therefore can grab a top and a bottom and have it match/co-ordinate. no stress. no thinking. more living.

 i’ve been thinking that i could start decluttering my wardrobe when i got a clothing rack because the i could pretend i’m at my old thrift store job - sort by type (tshirt, blouse, skirt), hang, sort by size and colour, shop the rack (ie keep and hang in closet), bag the leftovers, donate. DONE DONE DONE. SIMPLE. dan’s parents gave me a clothing rack the day we moved out. so, this will be my autumn and it will be awesome.

 the more i get rid of, the less laundry i’ll have, the less piles i’ll have, the less crap i’ll keep putting on and thinking, “one day” and the more space i’ll have for nicer, higher quality and useable pieces. my wardrobe is a mishmash of a hundred billion styles, handmedowns, ratty thriftstore clothes i got with a discount JUST CAUSE and almost costume pieces for immature crazzzzziness that have children sizes on the tag.

 my wardrobe doesnt reflect who i am, who i want to project to the world, and how i feel. it’s just a mess and it stresses me out. this pinterest board is a much more accurate reflection of myself and the kind of pieces i want hanging in my closet. once i get rid of the crap, i can start collecting more practical and beautiful pieces.

 i didn’t mean to write an inarticulate essay. i was just going to write a list of words i came up with while looking at my board. so here's the list:

  • grey
  • brown
  • black
  • turquoise
  • cream
  • black + white stripes
  • mustard
  • grey + red
  • dark earth olive
  • navy
  • layers
  • tights
  • tall socks + boots
  • big chunky loose scarves/cowls
  • belted skirts 
  • tailored jackets
  • fitted black leather jackets = badass
  • structured ruffles in grey/black
  • feminine accents on menswear-inspired pieces (non-girly bows)
  • no/minimal jewellery
  • autumn
  • rainy weather
  • practical - something for casual biking/hiking/adventures/exploring/forests
  • stripes (sometimes polkadot/floral)
  • monotone + pop of colour or subtle accent (dark plum with black/dark grey)
  • feminine accents on menswear-inspired pieces (non-girly bows)
  • comfortable/ease

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