I’m betwixt and between everything. My house doesn’t know what it wants to do since all the holiday decorations got put away. The happy-happy, fun-fun-fun decorations are hibernating. The house looks like it’s in a holding pattern. I trust inspiration will hit and I’ll rearrange and restyle every table top with zeal … someday.
I’m feeling a little unsure about my style, too. Is this still me? I ask. Or am I going through a style evolution that isn’t clearly defined yet? I feel like I am close to falling in a rut, wearing some of the same things day after day without variations.
And it never stops raining. (I’m not complaining.) (Okay, I’m complaining a little bit.) Weather is a big influence on building outfits. Gray skies, fog when it’s not raining and then more gray skies and pouring down rain isn’t very colorful and I fear it’s dampened my creativity.
Stopping the slip into style doldrums
Okay, I can only take so much of thoughts like those so I gave myself a talking to and said, “Stop thinking! Go to your wardrobe charts and see if there are some outfits there you haven’t worn yet and wear them!”
Okay, BK, I will.
I went back to wardrobe charts I’d filled out a couple/three months ago. I remember that time. I was so excited about bringing out my fall/winter clothes and making outfits. All the ingredients seemed so vibrant. I was so happy to see them again after being stored away for six months.
I remember seeing everything with fresh eyes. I remember being SO HAPPY!!
Whoopee! We’re making new outfits! What fun!
I did what my wiser self told me to do: I reviewed my charts.
Oh yeah, I remember that outfit! Gee, I never tried that one out.
I was leaning into the creativity that existed then.
Wardrobe charts lead me away from a rut
What a boost it was to read those charts. I feel a bit more excited! My wardrobe charts are taking my hand and saying, “Come on Brenda, you can lean on us.”
I can totally understand when my clients tell me how they use the wardrobe charts all the time and love them. It’s because you never ever have to feel like you have nothing to wear. You have well thought out outfits that are offering you the luxury of not thinking and being dressed in five minutes.
It was good to swallow my own medicine. I know exactly what I want to wear tomorrow. And I’m excited about it! If the road to get out of Sonoma isn’t flooded (like it was for a week), I know just what I’ll wear on Friday.
Wardrobe charts have saved the day.
One more tip to avoid style ruts
There was one other thing I did when I pulled out the wardrobe charts. I went to my bracelets and pulled out three of them that I haven’t worn in months. One is a leather cuff by Calleen Cordero. One is a square cuff in kind of a butterscotch color and the other one is a textured looking, animal print lacquered wide bracelet.
I’ll let myself ponder those three bracelets and see if I can work them into an outfit. They may unlock some winter creativity. Wait, I think they already have. I’m thinking of a way I can wear the darkest one with a cardigan I haven’t worn in a bit. Hmm. That could work!
So from the sometimes wise image consultant that you often come in contact with here, let her give you some advice: When the creativity is flowing, make outfits and write them out on wardrobe charts … put in every single detail so you never have to rethink it when you wear it next week, next month, or three months from now. Wardrobe charts are your style safety net.
And when you’re feeling dull or drab, take a look at your accessories and pull some out you haven’t worn in a while. Let them marinate in your style slow cooker and one day they may surprise you with great ideas for a must-wear-this-minute outfit.
What do you do when you lose your style mojo?