I'm here to tell you that I am not a fashionista! Long gone are the days of "Best Dressed" awards in high school. These days, you'll most likely find me in running shorts and a workout tank or what I like to call my "loungewear" aka old sweat pants & t-shirts! On the occasions when this attire is unacceptable, I do have very limited options to choose from, therefore you'll find me staring in my closet like something new is just going to pop out at me to wear. This, of course, never happens and I'm left wearing the same jeans or shorts (depending on the season) with the same 1 of 3 shirts. I'm not kidding. Ask my husband. It's drama. I'm an adult woman (geez, I'm a mother) and still having the same, "I don't have anything to wear!" meltdowns I had back in 1993! And, let's not even talk about accessorizing. That isn't even a word in my vocabulary. I have a pair of silver earrings and a pair of gold earrings. That's the extent of my accessorizing.
So, rather than continue to be depressed about the state of my bare closet, I decide I need to go shopping. Ha! What a joke this is. I walk into these stores with racks of clothes and nothing draws my attention. Everything is either too "young" looking or too stuffy. Or if I like something one of these things 3 things will happen: 1. I don't think I can pull off that style 2. It's too expensive 3. It really doesn't look right on me. Then, I follow my sister's fashion mantra, "If you already wore it, you shouldn't wear it again." This of course, referring to how fashion styles just come back around. Sure enough, all the clothes I see in the Misses department look like what I wore back in 1995, little flower dresses, combat boots and all! Yup, I can't wear that again! So, I go to the women's department. Everything there looks like I'm ready to walk into a board meeting. Not happening. So, I walk out empty handed back to my bare closet and think now what? What's a girl like me to do?
It's so much easier just not to go out and believe me the thought has crossed my mind! I go on pinterest and look around for outfit combinations and looksthat might work for me. Most of them look too dressy, too girly, too sexy, too stuffy, too boho, too preppy and again I'm frustrated.
Here's where Instagram comes to the rescue! Yes, Instagram. Somehow, someone, reposted a picture from Hilary Rushford's feed a few weeks ago. She's a stylist and blogger at Dean Streat Society and was offering a free video series called Style & Styleability. I've been watching the videos, downloading the worksheets, pinning outfits and pieces that inspire me, and learning a lot about myself along the way. The biggest thing I've learned is not to be afraid to try new things. Easier said than done, I know! I'm drawn to bright and colorful pieces and although I do own some patterned tops, I tend to shy away from being too bold because I don't like to draw attention to myself. This is also why I shy away from jewelry and anything form-fitting. But, alas, I will be applying some of her tips and hoping in the next few weeks I'll be able to go shopping again with a bit more confidence and direction and not just end up with another pair running shorts! Seriously, it's so much easier to shop for workout clothes! But, a girl has to do more than workout and when she does, she should look good ;)
I'll be back next month sometime to let you know if I've made any progress in the fashion department! In the meantime, feel free to check out my S&S Style Board on Pinterest and maybe you'll get inspired to spice up your wardrobe or give your own closet a mini makeover!