cardigan: Mossimo via Amazon; t-shirt: thrifted; belt: thrifted; skirt: thrifted; shoes: Ross; owl cameo necklace: c/o My Sweet November
This is an interesting time of year for my relationship with my wardrobe.
But actually, by interesting, I mean frustrating.
This week, I found myself being really, really unhappy with the things I have for spring and warmer weather. This is the time of year I find myself entrenched in the conflict between what I want and making what I have work in new ways, creative ways, ways that make me happy.
This outfit was okay. It was fine. (In fact, the same day I wore it, Kendi wore yellow and navy together, just in a far more stylish way.) But except for the leopard print belt, there wasn't anything unexpected about it, and so it's not probably one that I'll put together again.
I was straight-up grumpy the day I wore this, and I decided to let the picture reflect that.
I have learned so much from reading personal style blogs. They have given me the courage to experiment, to try new things, and to seek out and explore what my own personal style is for this moment in life.
The downside, however, is that they can also leave me wanting more, more, more. On this particular day, I was so grumpy because I couldn't find the right pair of shoes to go with this. <insert First World Problems joke here> I kept thinking about if I just had the Lotta from Stockholm clogs that I've been lusting after for a year, they would have gone perfectly. But I don't have them. I just have these stupid old red sandals from the Ross clearance rack.
Pout, whine, repeat.
It was not my finest hour.
However, I do have to say that if it weren't for reading personal style blogs, blogs that feature thrifted and handmade clothes with unique styling choices, I never would have had the courage to pull this hot pink silk skirt off of the rack at Goodwill. And it's a skirt that makes me happy when I wear it. It satisfies that part of me that wants to be unique when I'm considering my clothes, and I feel like it's a great expression of my personal style.
Reading and being inspired by style blogs can be a double-edged sword. When I can keep my consumption urges in check and focus on what works in my budget and what I already have to work with in my closet, they can be a very good thing. More than anything, they give me the courage to keep playing and not take it all too seriously.
I have to remember that as my personal style develops and evolves, there will be swings and misses and there will be home runs. It's about embracing the freedom to just have fun.
It's Wednesday, and this is what I wore.
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