(spoiler alert: I’m talking about myself.)
Because she loved these things, Sarah purchased them in bulk. All the time. And, lo, her closet was stuffed with cute spaghetti strapped things and $15 shoes from Target.
This, despite the fact that Sarah lived in a state that boasted six months of snow.
And most of her time was spent sitting in her office (there weren’t that many events that necessitated cocktail dresses.)
And she had high arches that really sort of called for $90 shoes with well-made soles and lots of structure.
It only took me 34 years and numerous mornings standing in front of my closet wondering what I should wear now that it was December to have an epiphany:
Shop for the life you have – not the life you wish you had.
Buying cheap shoes isn’t going to change the fact that I have high maintenance feet and a predisposition to varicose veins.
Buying piles of summer dresses won’t change Minnesota’s climate and purchasing all those cocktail dresses won’t change my own propensity for house parties and hip hop clubs.
And having a closet full of clothing that didn’t fit my life stressed me out.
There is a wisdom to the old chestnut “dress for the job you want, not the job you have.” And I’m sure a personal trainer somewhere encourages people to buy a sexy little black dress in their target size. And that’s fine! But a closet full of things that don’t fit my life? It’s a recipe for fashion fatigue and morning style panic.
With that in mind, I’ve made the executive decision to fill my wardrobe with
* well made boots with good arch support (good for my feet and good for six months of winter)
* lots of layering tanks and cardigans (for Minnesota’s ever-changing weather)
* cute, stretchy-ish jeans that are comfortable enough for coffee-shop-writing-and-sitting and cute enough for house parties and hip hop clubs
deer sweater // red scarf // skinny jeans // green hat // red boots // dark wash skinny jeans // grey tee // patterned sweater // cat hat // shady lady mittens // black boots // blue scarf // grey coat
Do you find yourself buying stuff that doesn’t actually work for you life? If you’re really honest with yourself, which clothes should you be buying?