Tuesday, 13 March 2012

True to Self

I've been reading a lot lately about dressing for who you really are. Not just for your body shape and colouring (although that, of course, is important), but for who you really are inside. Many times we buy the wrong clothes for the following reasons: someone else is wearing it, or we have gone shopping with a friend and have bought something we weren't 100% happy with because they liked it on us, or it's currently fashionable. A common reason for buying the wrong clothes is that we need something for an occasion and were not going to go home with nothing so we buy something that 'would do'. I've done that several times and always regretted it.  I've discovered it's probably better to shop in your wardrobe and wear something you know looks good on you, but is old, than run to the shops and buy a mistake.  We can apply this to shoes, bags and jewellery too. 

I like the concept of only buying clothes that I love and are drawn to.  I've never really thought that deeply about loving what I buy, but from now on I'm going to give it a try. I'm also going to eliminate from my wardrobe those clothes I don't really love but are only serving a purpose.  A lot of my clothes are several years old but that's okay - if I truly love them and they express who I am inside. If they don't fit that criteria - out they go!  How wonderful to be able to open my wardrobe door every day and see only clothes in there that I truly love and that love me back. Clothes and accessories that express on the outside who I am on the inside. I would rather have fewer clothes that I love to bits than loads of clothes that were bought on a whim and am indifferent about .  It's that 80/20 thing again (we tend to wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the time).

So, I'm on a journey of discovery and elimination and will keep you posted as to how I get on with this.