Hi everyone! I’m so happy for the comments and feedback about my long-term goal to really look at my closet this year and try and shape a wardrobe I truly love. I had hoped to post more about this sooner but I’ve been extremely busy at work. Life getting in the way of life, argh!
Anyway, I thought since part of the goal will be to look at what I have in my closet, what I love and don’t, the whys of all that and how to get to the Land of Wardrobe Enchantment™ (not to be confused with the Land of Enchantment, one of my favorite states), you might like to come along for the ride. A bit of a navel-gazing ride, I admit. But I hope that by talking about what I’m working on as I go, it may help some of you out there who expressed you had similar goals for this year, too!
One thing that keeps coming back to me in this wardrobe exploration is this: sometimes how we see ourselves in our head is drastically different than how we look in real life.
Of course this could apply to all sorts of introspective things! But literally I’m just talking about superficial stuff here, clothing.
Hang on a minute though… that’s not so superficial necessarily, is it??
Many of us who either sew or knit for ourselves or love fashion know that clothing can go a long way in making you feel fabulous about yourself! But if you feel frustrated by your wardrobe, that feeling of fabulous may not set in as often as you’d like. (And I’ll talk about that feeling in the future!)
How do you see yourself in the closet of your daydreams? Your own Land of Wardrobe Enchantment? I know that’s a funny way to put it, but c’mon, you know you daydream and envision yourself wearing all sorts of things. (And I mean things to wear in real life on a daily basis, not your fairy princess at the ball daydreams. Because I know we all have those, too.)
In a way, your brain holds the imaginary or perfect version of what your closet could hold. So when you open the closet doors in your imagination, what do you look like? What are you wearing? And what’s missing from your actual real life closet to get you to that place?
I think some of us who collect vintage clothing or sew regularly have a tendency to acquire or make pieces that we love for some reason or another, but don’t necessarily wear a lot. Have 10 gorgeous vintage party dresses taking up a ton of space in your closet, but you only go to a big party once in a blue moon? Or maybe you really love participating in sew-alongs, but then find you’ve sewn a bunch of items you don’t really wear, even though the community aspect of the sew-along was great? Or you love to sew with wool but you live in Florida so you never wear anything you make? Or you collect gorgeous 40s heels but mostly, in fact, wear flats?
They’re all easy traps to fall into that can lead us to Wardrobe Disenchantment, the sad, polar opposite of Wardrobe Enchantment.
Out of everything I sewed, knit or wore last year, I think this was my absolute favorite outfit.
It expresses so many things that I love and don’t always feel I have all the pieces to pull off regularly in my wardrobe. In this outfit, those things are:
- a great novelty necklace
- a full skirt (with pockets!)
- cute halter top
- bold colors
- novelty print fabric (the bolero)
- a combination of prints that work well together
- all great-fitting pieces
(Okay yeah, it doesn’t hurt that it was like one of the most perfect hair days on the history of the planet, too.)
Now that’s not to say I always want to dress just like that, because I don’t! But it’s a great example to remind me of some of the things I love and want to cultivate more in my wardrobe.
- Embracing bold colors and novelty prints even more than I already love them. (And that’s a hell of a lot.)
- A bit of whimsy. (Yeah, that’s silly and intangible, but true.)
- Looking for more necklaces.
- Wearing less button-down shirts so I can wear said necklaces. (I don’t like the two together; personal preference.)
- Skirts or dresses with pockets. (I’ve recently realized I rarely wear ones without pockets because I work from home mostly and then can’t carry around important things like a tape measure or my iPhone. And I never put two and two together until now, but that’s totally one of the reasons I usually wear jeans at home.)
- And I’m really on a full skirt kick right now. (Again, in my daydreaming closet… we had -30 F windchills earlier this week so the only thing I’m wearing right now in reality is fleece leggings under jeans with a sweater, ha!)
When YOU daydream about your closet, what do you see? If it’s not the same as what you’re looking at in your own closet, or in your day-to-day wear, start thinking about what you need to do to change that! What do you need to sew, or knit, or buy? New or vintage? If you work out of your home, do you need to give yourself a goal to get more dressed up every day? (Oh yeah, that’s a cold hard look in the mirror for me.) If you’re unhappy in other aspects of your ‘look’, what else do you need to fix that?
This is the quest to Wardrobe Enchantment! If you’re not there yet, there’s no time like the present to start making it happen, no matter how long it takes. And you’ll be in good company along the way!