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A few years back, I woke up each morning and after a hearty breakfast (I love breakfast!) I stumbled into my overflowing closet and found absolutely nothing to wear. Miscellaneous and mismatching items sat in stacks, hung from hangers, and squeezed into nooks and crannies wherever I could find space. I was not a shopaholic. Not at all. But I did enjoy shopping occasionally, I had a limited budget, and I thought shopping at discount stores and from clearance racks would somehow miraculously turn into a logical and lovely sense of style for me. False. So very false.
Regularly buying the unique, awesome and discounted piece on the clearance rack left me with a whole ton of items in my closet that didn’t match in color, season, style genre or the like. It’s no wonder I had “nothing to wear” when nothing in my closet matched anything else in its company.
The last three years have been a continuous process of sorting and donating, piecing together outfits with my remaining wardrobe, honestly recognizing items that don’t work well for me, adding a few specific items with intention, and starting the cycle again. I’ve donated boxes beyond boxes of items that plagued my morning dressing routine and cluttered my closet to no end. But after countless iterations of the aforementioned assessment cycle, I now have a closet filled substantially with items I love and can remix like crazy. It’s not perfect. There’s always room for improvement. But I’ve come a darn long way.
Where do you stand in your personal style journey? Are you stuck in a style rut? I’ve stood on my soap box before (and will likely do it again) but happiness in our personal style breeds confidence, happiness and success in our lives. I’m in no way suggesting a full closet means a full life; quite the contrary. I only reiterate the importance of finding satisfaction in the way we dress each day (whether it be in Louboutins or Target heels that reside in an overflowing closet or a minimalistly curated collection).
If you feel stuck in a style rut that needs to be kicked to the curb, take a peek at the Style Me Pretty Challenge Alison over at Get Your Pretty On hosts seasonally. It may not be right for you. But if, like me three years ago, your wardrobe feels like an 8 billion piece jigsaw puzzle that someone opened and erratically dumped all over your closet floor, her challenge may help you find those proverbially corner pieces (and maybe even a few extra edge pieces to boot) to begin piecing together your own personal style puzzle.
For full disclosure (my integrity is of the utmost importance, which I hope isn’t news to anyone), I haven’t participated in Alison’s Style Me Pretty Challenge. Since discovering it several months ago, it hasn’t really overlapped with a sticky spot in my style journey that begged for her classic and relatable guidance (though that’s not to say such won’t be the case down the road). But I understand the gist and know how much I could have used a little bit of guidance to piece together my 8 billion piece jigsaw puzzle a few years back.
Through my journey, I have found solace and inspiration in personal style blogs, Pinterest, and reading boatloads of fashion articles to continuously shape and enhance my style skills. I have no natural knack for style (really! if you can’t already tell…) so the little body of knowledge I’ve collected over the last three years has been through an arduous process. I think, though, that a challenge like this that Alison offers might have been a perfect ticket for me a couple of years earlier in my style journey.
Let me know what you think. If you give her challenge a try, please keep me posted on how it’s going! And I’d love to hear where you are in your style journey. And if you’re stuck in a rut, what’s holding you back? What drives you crazy when you get dressed in the morning?
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