I think I need to do some fall purging. When I was trying to figure out what I was going to wear to Jon’s dad’s Memorial Service last week, I pulled a gazillion things out of my closet and got frustrated pretty quickly because I felt like I had a closet full of clothes, but nothing to wear. Does that sound familiar?
I have never been what you’d call “fashionable” and I’d like to emphasize that I do not spend a lot of money on clothing. It’s not that I keep buying clothes that I don’t wear. I always refer to myself as a “jeans-and-t-shirt kinda girl”, although I do own some pretty skirts and dresses. I just don’t often have an opportunity to wear them, and I feel most comfortable in workout clothing these days. If I could, I would wear yoga pants and tank tops all day, every day (and I often can on the days when I work from home and don’t leave the house).
It doesn’t help that my office has a non-existent dress policy. We are scientists, many of us do fieldwork or lab work, and we can usually dress in jeans and sneakers at the office. This means I’ve never really had to develop a professional – let alone personal – sense of fashion.
What looks fantastic on others (the model on the website, the mannequin at the store, random strangers on the street) looks only half as good on me, or at least that’s my perception. I often feel “dressed up” when I deviate from my usual casual, daily attire because that is what I am used to. I have jeans/shorts and a gazillion basic shirts but very few interesting pieces that can be mixed and matched. What I really need to think about is a capsule wardrobe. But where does one begin?
Sometimes I feel a little lost trying to figure out what styles and colors work for me. I usually stick to a lot of black-and-white basics, and for color, I tend to go for purple and teal accents. I also like pieces in lighter gray sometimes. In the past, I have tried to branch out to mustard yellow (because it looks so good on other people and is such a nice fall color), but I don’t think that’s a good color for me. Furthermore, I want clothes that make me feel good when I put them on and preferably pieces that can be dressed up and down.
Oh, and if you wondered what I ended up wearing to the memorial service: black cropped skinny pants, black shirt, purple cardigan, and a pair of black Michael Kors pumps (that I almost never wear, but love because they don’t hurt my feet. That’s a win!). Keeping it classy.
What would you wear to a memorial service? Tell me about your style and your approach to buying clothes and building your wardrobe. I could use some help.