I wanted to try something different with my wardrobe last winter. After culling my wardrobe vigorously, I realised something – I had owned a lot of crap. A lot of ‘I might like it one day’ pieces, a lot of ‘this is good but only for this occasion’ pieces, a lot of stuff I had gotten sick of but thought I might like again and a lot of poor online purchases.
It got to the point where I was getting rid of so much I decided I had to sell it all. There was serious money to be made! Seeing the items pile up, I realised that something had to change. I didn’t want to end up doing the same thing in a couple of months. I contemplated giving up online shopping and only buying in store what I had tried on. I laughed at my own suggestion – that was NEVER going to happen.
So I made myself a promise – if I’m going to shop online, I’m going to be brutal. If I bought anything that I was the least bit unsure about, it was going back. No discussions, no sitting on it, not sure? Pack it up and ship it back. (I just returned $800 worth of clothes and shoes back to The Iconic – oops!)
I have a love/hate relationship with this promise – there are a lot of trips to the post office but my wardrobe is so much easier to manage now. Sure, there are days where a pair of pants I normally love won’t be going anywhere near my body.
Every now and then I let myself do some ‘living’ in my clothes and what I own. When I start to feel like I’m wearing the same outfits on repeat and everything feels old and tired, I allow myself the opportunity to shop and feel free with it. Giving myself the opportunity to live in what I own gives me time to work out what holes in my wardrobe need filling, meaning I make better choices. Don’t get me wrong, there are days when nothing in the world is more relaxing than spending some time buying things ‘just ’cause’ but I do try to focus on what I ‘need’ more than ‘want’.
It also means I am a little more creative with what I wear. Put on a hat and sneakers and I’m ready to get shit done or run around after Bella. Take the hat and sneakers away, whack on a pair of heels and I’m ready for my 9 to 5.
hat – 47
tee – Bonds
jacket – vintage Country Road
skirt – Vero Moda
sneakers – Superga
rings – vintage