I spent a lot of time considering what my real style was this weekend. This whole wardrobe therapy project started as a good idea to clear out my old, nasty clothes, just like I started AT to clear out my house of useless extra stuff . It's started to be much more, yet, I still had some nagging questions about my wardrobe, my "style".
Up until a few years ago, I would, could and did just up and go have an adventure of some kind. Jump into my jeep and just go. I started traveling cross country at age 18 by myself. I would get off the beaten path and find interesting and odd things to see and do. Sometimes it would be going to Alaska, sometimes to the Grand Canyon. I used to take weeks off and just go out west to Santa Fe, the Grand Canyon, Sedona or just the desert. When I lived in Phoenix I would jump into my little car and go to San Diego and hang out for a week. Once I drove to Florida and traveled these old off the main strip roads and stayed at these hole in wall motels for 2 weeks. I was an adventure girl. I love historical sites, parks, anything like that. For the most part I took pictures of my travels, no store trinkets for me. But, I have a weak spot for handmade jewelry and odd local art. As I got more money, my organic cotton t shirts were upgraded to designer organic cotton t shirts, a little more hip and trendy, but still pretty much adventure girl at heart. I just wore them with 4 inch heels and designer handbags.
When I came up here, I lost part of that. Less time, and another, smaller, person to worry about. My adventures were pretty limited to more urban locals ( and maybe a trip to the big lake here and there) and this place doesn't even recycle- so getting organic anything is a pretty big hassle. I used to make fun of Starbucks for their lame coffee, but I would die for one up here- McDonalds is the only coffee place within 50 miles.
So, thinking about all of this, adventure girl is gone for a while. At least till my son is a bit more self sufficient. But I still want to have a more natural way of dressing, and that does fit with my current lifestyle and locale.
I don't need a wardrobe full of suits and button up shirts. I need comfortable, flattering knits, jeans, shoes, sweaters etc..... I need washable stuff, and maybe a bit more rugged.
Today I went shopping. Supply line sourcing and all. I tried on a ton of clothes. And shoes. I purchased a new pair of dark denim Levis- and I promptly came home and threw away 3 pair of old, rabbity blue jeans. I also got 2 short sleeve t shirts for under jackets- and neither one is black! One is a combat green color (good with my skin tone and hair) and the other is orange and brown. My husband was blown away.
I realized if I am to find some new shirts I have to be re-fit for a bra. When your girls are as big as mine, they have to be reigned in, and mine are finding a way to jump the fence. I have a Dr. appt. on Monday in the semi big city and I am going bra shopping on Monday.
Well, that's it. I think I have some insights on what I want my wardrobe to do- make me look more polished and less sloppy, and now I have some insights on my style- a little more natural with some very slight funk.