I have always loved fashion. As a teenager, I was the girl who wore a bright pink, trench coat, cheetah pants (when they weren’t really in style ha!) and black and white houndstooth stilettos. That’s just me. I love finding unique pieces that push the envelope a little bit. My thoughts are that clothes should be fun, a form of art and a way to express myself. But I have to say, there have been times in my life, phases where I have gotten in a rut with my clothing. You know, where you lose that umph in what your wearing and things start look drab. Have you ever been there before? Maybe you’re there right now and don’t even realize it. I wanted to share a few reasons why we as women get in a rut with our clothes. See if you can find yourself in one of the types below and don’t worry, I’m going to give you some advice on how to get out of the fashion crisis you’re in. Ok, maybe I’m being a little dramatic, but you know what I mean. 🙂
- The Low Budget Girl. You’re on a super tight budget and spending money on clothes are one of the last things on the list. You would like to dress more fashionable, but really you don’t have the money for that. First, can I say, I am totally there right now. My finances are very tight, and to be honest I don’t buy clothes that often. But I do have a few options I’ve learned that can help you still have the ability to get some new pieces. Throw a clothing swap with friends. Shop at thrift stores and look for bargain pieces at regular stores. Learn to mix and match the pieces you’ve got to keep things interesting. This last one, is probably the easiest choice when you are tight on a budget. You would be surprised how you can keep your clothes interesting when you just switch up what you’re wearing together.
- The Under Confident Gal. You’ve gained a little weight, you just had a baby, or you just don’t like things about your body shape. There could be many different reasons for this one but girls, there is hope!!! I know what it’s like to not like a certain part of your body and to have to get used to the permanent changes after having a baby. There’s no reason to not still look cute! In fact, if you start finding the right clothes for your shape, that enhance your best features, you’ll start feeling more confident about your size. One thing I wanted to mention is that no matter your size, every woman can remember a time where someone said something negative about your body type. One time I was called a toothpick and another time overheard someone commenting on how they the veins in my arms stood out. I’m naturally a thin frame. That’s the way God made me, and I can choose to focus on those negative things people have said about me or I can be thankful for the blessings of my shape and what I like about it. This can change your whole mindset. Don’t forget, we all have flaws!! I better repeat that….WE ALL HAVE FLAWS!
- The Uneducated Lady. Maybe you really don’t have any idea what looks good on you. Your closet consists of very little variety. You get cold sweats thinking about shopping to pick out a new outfit. Well guess what, I bet you have a style-savy friend or a family member, who would absolute love to go shopping with you and give you style advice. Need I say, that friend may do a happy dance when you call them! It can really help to have someone bounce off ideas of what looks good on you and have an eye for putting things together for you.
- The Busy Momma. You’re living off of little sleep and feel like nothing less than yoga pants and a sweatshirt will help you make it through the day. Ya’ll I know what the zombie mom days are like with a newborn. Well try this goal on for size. Pick two days (just two!!) out of the week that you will dress nicely and do your hair and makeup. This is a really feasible task to accomplish. Instead of feeling guilty about not putting effort into what you’re wearing, you can relax on the yoga pants days knowing you’ll be making some effort on those two other days a week. Who knows, you may even enjoy how you feel on those two days that you’ll start expanding to three put together days!
- The Burdened Woman. You’re really struggling right now in life. You’re just trying to make it through each day and you’re experiencing a lot of heartache. Fashion and clothes are really last on the list. Ok, so you might be thinking right now. Hold up Molly, this is a little heavy for this topic. I mean come on, we’re only talking about clothes. Well, a lot of times, what we’re feeling on the inside starts seeping through to the outside. I’ve been there before- where life was extremely hard, and I didn’t really have the energy to look nice. If you’re in this spot, there are two things you need to do today. First, get on your knees right now and pray; pray for God’s help. Second you need to talk to someone, maybe even a few people about what’s going on. It’s going to take a village to help you, encourage, you and advise you out of the dark place you’re in. Just don’t forget, things won’t always be this way. If you ask for God’s help, he will meet you and be there for you in ways that you never thought possible. Trust me. I know. Ask me about it.
So did you find yourself in one of these types? I hope if you did, you’ll be inspired to try something new and find some fun again with your clothes. In light of sharing this post, the outfit I put together fits what I have been talking about. It’s unique and shall I say a little over the top…but that’s me! The pants were $5 at a local boutique called Ladder’s and Lace in Stanwood. The shirt and sweater were second hand from a friend who didn’t want them anymore. I paired it with flat sandals from Payless and a half-up top knot to give it a laid back, bohemian vibe. The purple lipstick brought a fun pop of color and pulled things together as the pants have purple in the design. See fashion can be fun…so go out there and get out of that rut girl!
P.S. My super amazing 4 year old took all these shots! She’s the best!