The Sermon and the Tweet: A Tale of Becoming Fashionably Content

Elegance does not consist in putting on a new dress.
Coco Chanel 

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

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 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

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The Trend: Fun print, pop of color brought in by the clutch
All Me: Scarf, drape necklace

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The Trend: global prints
All Me: 
jean shirt

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The Trend: country checks, knee length skirt
All Me:
chunky multi-strand necklace, pointy flats

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The Trend: crop top, layering, denim, wider-legged slacks
All Me:
my fav pair of Toms, goofy grin

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The Trend: black and white, netting tops
All me: gray skinnies, chunky necklace

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The Trend: classic white button-down, pointy toe heels
All Me: 
chunky necklace, boyfriend jeans

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 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.
Coco Chanel

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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.
Coco Chanel

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?

11 thoughts on “The Sermon and the Tweet: A Tale of Becoming Fashionably Content

  1. *I loved this article! I always think you look stylish, Bekah! It was so encouraging b/c I struggle with my wardrobe for some of the same reasons. Hopefully this will encourage me to think differently. I also love your printed leggings! Thank you for the helpful tips, maybe I will go find something “new” in my closet 🙂

    1. I’m so glad you liked this article :-). And it is always nice to hear that someone else feels the same way I do! I think it can be especially hard after having kids and going through the transition of clothes not fitting quite right. It is easy to really feel out of style then, lol.

  2. I’m not young enough to follow your fashion lead, but I so enjoyed your comments. Love you Rebekah. Keep it flowing!

  3. Thank you for the great idea to look at my clothes differently. I can’t wait to see what is new in my closet tomorrow that I have had for years 🙂

    1. Have Rebekah take pictures and send them to me. I really try to put new things together since I am trying to help pay for college. You did such a great job at “training” this women of God!!

  4. I am so glad to hear I am not the only gal in town that has a few articles of clothing from years ago. I feel dated to admit that, but hey, classics never die, right? Taking your advice, I am looking forward to dive into my closet tomorrow to wear something reinvented to fit trend! Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. That is how I like to think of some of my outfits. “Classics.” But I also hate to part with clothes, even if they are a few years old. I found that some of my clothes from college are coming back in style though, so it pays to hold on to things, lol.

  5. So many great thoughts, Bekah! I am guilty of the same thing… comparing my wardrobe and thinking a shopping trip is going to solve everything. Can’t wait to look at my current wardrobe in a whole new light… thanks! 🙂

  6. Hey Bekah,
    A colleague of Mike’s, here. He passed along your blog and said he thought I would connect with what you and the mission of your blog. I really enjoy it! I can completely relate to you in regards to the wardrobe “blahs” and like you, I have been experimenting with some “oldies” to create some new “goodies”! I look forward to reading more from you. Take care! ~Heather

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