I haven’t posted many new outfits lately. Just haven’t been feeling inspired. Partly that’s because I haven’t added new pieces to my wardrobe recently beyond a few accessories. Some of it is seasonal doldrums; our weather remains mostly cool and we’re finally getting some intermittent rain storms. It doesn’t feel like Spring yet, but my winter clothes seem too visually heavy.
Sartorial Sensory Overload?
And truthfully, I’ve been feeling a little burned out with trying to come up with new outfits and clever combinations. Part of this, I think, is having just been through a major home renovation (which still isn’t quite done…work still ongoing in the bathroom and not yet begun on the outside). Remember when I mentioned “decision fatigue?” Still feeling it. Add to that a recent flurry of travel planning for our trip in late May, and I just don’t have the mental buffer space for sartorial creativity.
When I’m feeling this way, I gravitate back toward a uniform: jeans (or Little Black Pants), tee or sweater, jacket. It works, it’s comfortable, and I feel like myself. Then I worry that it’s boring, that I’m boring. That I should be pushing my boundaries, creating New And Interesting outfits.
Time For A Style Reset
But I’m finding myself drawn to clean, minimalist looks again. There’s something about simple, streamlined outfits that I find soothing and appealing. No, they’re not as Instagram-able, but at present they’re a truer expression of my style. So I’m cutting myself some slack and giving myself permission be to a little boring. To let my wardrobe workhorses pull the load for a while, and not feel I have to apologize for it.
A few good accessories can also make all the difference. I love the clean lines of this bag. It’s also a very practical design. The bracelet is from French Kande’s “Luxembourg” Collection. This style had the option to switch out the medallion, which I did.
As part of my style reset, I have closet inventory and clean-out on my To Do list this week. Having a pared-down and organized closet always makes me feel less overwhelmed, and frees up some mental energy to create.
How do you reset your style? Is there an aesthetic you keep returning to?
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