Elegance does not consist in putting on a new dress.
Last week, I saw a tweet from Michael Kors that read:
Think about wider pants, think about red lipstick, think about a messy top knot – think about something new.
Well, that really got me thinking.
Then on Sunday, I went to church and was surrounded by my very pretty, very trendy friends – all wearing brand new outfits. While I looked nice, my look was more, shall we say…classic? And by classic I mean I was wearing a skirt and sweater that I have had, no joke, since my freshman year of college. It is an outfit that is literally older than my marriage (I’ve been married almost 9 years).
I sat in my seat, thinking about how Michael Kors said my skinny jeans are now so last season, and looking around at all my friend’s updated wardrobes, and I started to feel a little sorry for myself.
But then, wouldn’t you know, our pastor shared a message with us about…money…and contentment…
So then I started thinking about how silly it is to feel discontentment over, of all things, my wardrobe. I actually have a lot of really great clothes. And then I started thinking about the last part of Kors’ tweet: think about something new.
Right then and there, I issued myself a challenge. I was going to take some of 2014’s fashion trends and incorporate them into my outfits for the week without buying a single new item.
Each day this past week, I put together outfits that were fun, fresh, and on trend without a single purchase. And you know what? It actually wasn’t that difficult. So here is a gallery of my week in photo, and (hopefully!) in style.
The Trend: cropped top, lace-up military boots
All Me: classic skinny Levis
The Trend: soft pastels, collared button down, flirty skirt
All Me: vintage earrings, necklace (a gift from my dad for my sweet 16) and motorcycle boots
The Trend: Fun print, pop of color brought in by the clutch
All Me: Scarf, drape necklace
The Trend: global prints
All Me: jean shirt
The Trend: country checks, knee length skirt
All Me: chunky multi-strand necklace, pointy flats
The Trend: crop top, layering, denim, wider-legged slacks
All Me: my fav pair of Toms, goofy grin
The Trend: black and white, netting tops
All me: gray skinnies, chunky necklace
The Trend: classic white button-down, pointy toe heels
All Me: chunky necklace, boyfriend jeans
Bringing it all together
I learned several valuable lessons this week. The first was, I actually really love my clothes! But the second, more valuable lesson, is that fashion is really about reinventing the old. It dawned on me that I’ve been relying on shopping trips to make me current, rather than simply being fashionable. I also realized how easily I’ve allowed myself to use what I’m wearing as a measuring rod for how I feel about myself. This week showed me that, with a little thought, I can have a lot of fun putting my own personal touch on my outfits and rocking them with confidence, knowing that what makes my outfits special is, well, me.
In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.
My Fashion Inheritance
I am fortunate enough to have several incredibly classy women in my family: both my grandmothers, and my mom. I was raised to to understand the power of accessories, to embrace lady-like dresses and skirts, and – above all – to never, ever wear sweat pants in public. As a result, no matter what I wear, I always attempt to be both elegant and feminine. I know it is easy to be comfortable, but let me remind you, I’m currently a stay-at-home mom! This week I did everything I normally do in these outfits. Not only were they comfortable, but they made me feel fabulous!
A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.
The Final Touch:
This week was refreshing, fun and oddly enough, really empowering. I think the biggest reason for this is because I stopped comparing, and started creating.
So take a second look at a few things in your wardrobe you haven’t worn before. Take a risk on a new pairing. Take time to be different. Take time, to be truly you.
For the record, before anyone starts to admire my personal growth too much, I have to confess that I still plan on adding Michael Kor’s bags to my “dream wardrobe” board on Pinterest until that special day when I add one to my closet instead. But hey, this week was progress, right?