I’ve never been more critical of my clothing then I have been in the last two months. I know it’s because I’m not adding new pieces and I’m trying to rediscover old pieces. Just this morning I pulled a sweater out of the bottom drawer (you know, that drawer that you NEVER dress out of) and I examined and reexamined it.
I know I hadn’t wore it in almost two years but I never felt the need to get rid of it and as I stood there looking at it I thought, “This would go really well with these black slacks”.
And just like that something old had become new. Mind blown.
Seriously, I don’t think I would have ever worn that sweater again if I had not started this challenge. Normally when I get bored with my clothing I just go out and buy something new, but that can’t happen now. What is a girl to do?
She moves on to Plan B.
Plan B is taking a rarely worn item and wearing it a new and completely different way. And at this very moment I’m sitting at my desk wearing Plan B (the bottom drawer sweater) with my black slacks. You know what – it looks really nice too. Now I’m thinking of all those other “bottom drawer” items and if they really should be pitched cause I haven’t worn them in a year or if they were just waiting for me to change my point of view.
Suddenly my wardrobe just got a bit larger. It’s kind of freeing knowing that everything in my closet is fair game.
I’m looking at each piece of clothing and asking myself, “Why did I stop wearing this?” Was it out of style? Did it shrink? Did I become bored with it?
We’re just like our kids who stop playing with a toy because it’s not new anymore. Don’t you hate when your kids do that?! We look at this perfectly good toy and think “What a waste of money!” It’s funny because as soon as another kid comes over and starts playing with that same toy – BOOM – your kid wants it again.
So I guess my advice for this week is to pull out some of those old “toys” and try them with something completely different. If you’ve always worn that sweater with jeans, try it with a skirt and boots. Take that blouse and pair it with skinny jeans and flats. Go crazy. Who knows what will spark your creativity and help you find your true style.
My name is Misty Day (yeah, that really is my name) and I'm a normal every day person. I'm a twin, I work as an analyst, I take my daughter to Girl Scouts and swim team, I play bass guitar in a band, I love food and wine, I like new clothes, and I'm trying to be a better person.