1. Simplified Style
Rachelle is another blogger who is on the same wavelength here because just last week she wrote, "It took me awhile to realize that really you just need to stick to items you love and are comfortable in. It makes dressing easier and helps you define your style." I might put this mantra as the background on my phone and computer for all the times I'm browsing blogs or Instagram and being tempted by the latest trend. While it won't give me the most diverse wardrobe, I think will simplify my life and that's what I'm after. In terms of this blog it means my signature outfit formulas (explained here and here) will stay on repeat, because that's what I "love and am comfortable in."
Express / Tee: Old Navy / Necklace: Express / Jeans: Express / Shoes: Target (black sold out online) / Pink Crossbody: Express (Similar) /
TWO: Top: Express / Jeans: Express / Shoes: Sole Society / Belt: Gap / Watch: Fossil / Necklace: Express
THREE: Jacket: LOFT / Tee: Old Navy / Jeans: Express / Flats: Sole Society /Necklace: Express
FOUR: Top: Express / Jeans: Express / Shoes: Sole Society / Necklace: Express
2. Multi-Tasking Outfit Planning
When I first started doing Inspired-Style blog posts, I chose outfits based on whether I had the pieces in my closet and whether it made a fun post. Sometimes (e.g. my Nicole Richie post) I would try outfits I knew I wouldn't personally wear just to fit the content. I've always been up front about whether something was a try-on or a real outfit, but the "try-on only"outfits are becoming a thing of the past because it's just not a good use of my time. Now I make it a point to pick outfits that I will really wear, then I wear them within a week or two of the post so that my planning time fully pays off. That's exactly what I did with my Tee Time Post on June 1. I wore one of the outfits the same day I created the post, and in the same week I also wore the pants version of this outfit as shared in my recap here.
Tee: Target / Jeans: Express / Shorts: J Crew / Necklace: Express / Watch: Fossil / Bag: Target (Similar) / Wedges: Vince Camuto "Luciah" (Similar) / Flat Sandals: Old Navy (Gold Sold Out)
I also just added an outfit planning section to my Friday posts (here), to give myself a list of outfits to choose from with no shopping or planning required. I'm hoping it helps me shop less to see that I already have "new outfits" waiting for me to wear.
I think bloggers in particular have gotten used to feeling compared/inferior to so many other bloggers who have the ability (for a variety of reasons) to share All New Everything on a regular basis. And those of us who don't do that start feeling compelled to apologize for repeating anything at all. I personally decided I'm just not going to do this anymore. Not even #sorrynotsorry. Whether I repeat a favorite item, an outfit formula, or an entire outfit exactly the way I wore it before, there won't be an apology attached. These are my clothes, the point of owning them is to wear them repeatedly! They're not tissues that I use once and throw away. There's nothing to be sorry about.
* * *This whole simplifying movement is really all over the place. Two of my real-life friends recently read Marie Kondo's The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and are on de-cluttering kicks and have. Then over the weekend two more people I follow on social media mentioned they were reading this book too! I need to know what the fuss is about with this and I'm already in the right mindset, so I downloaded it over the weekend and am hoping it gives me some more ideas and motivation to keep going. If you've read the book or are feeling the Summer Simplicity vibes I'd love to hear what changes you're making!
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