I recently asked the question on my Instagram: What’s the first memory you have related to fashion? Here’s a few of the responses:
Having a favorite red summer dress that was great for twirling down the sidewalk
My mom made all our clothes
My brother’s green sweat suit
My personal favorite: Wearing tutus while having chicken pox (spoiler- that was my sister!)
My personal first memory related to fashion? The earliest one I can think of was wearing my dinosaur dress to preschool every other day. I LOVED that dress.
I grew up the youngest of three. Anyone who has been the youngest knows about hand-me-downs. Funny enough, I used to get excited about the hand-me-downs! It was like a new art medium to use. I could spice up my wardrobe with whatever was given to me.
Like most children, I couldn’t afford a shopping spree, so I worked with what I had. So I’d make use of my existing wardrobe, mixing and matching, styling and editing.
Most of us can agree we like “new”. But with everything new, the excitement fades eventually, and inevitably we want MORE.
The experiences we have with things are what keep us fond of them. This concept is something I’ve learned as I’ve gotten older.
But I, like most people, know that wearing the same thing everyday to work or school or out to eat can still get monotonous if we let it, so here I’m going to share with you a few ways to add excitement to your outfits/wardrobe without overspending:
Use an accessory you forgot about. The one that’s been collecting dust at the back of your closet shelf. Or pick something from a category you tend to neglect like belts or neck scarves.
2. Freshen up your hair and makeup.
Find a look you love on Pinterest and try to recreate it. Maybe get a new lipstick or eyeshadow color in a different color. Do the same with your hair.
3. Go to Goodwill and buy something you would never normally pick.
This is a way to challenge your creativity. Add it to your wardrobe and find out how you can make it your style.
4. Make something :)
This is my favorite. Whether it’s jewelry, an accessory, or an old item of clothing that you can make into something new. You could cut and re-sew something, embroider something, or dye it a different color.
We are all creators, whether you like it or not. When we get older, a lot of times we don’t spend enough time with our inner child. We don’t spend enough time doing nothing. I know I get caught up in the mindset that everything I do has to be productive. When was the last time you did something just for fun?
Don’t know where to start? Learn how to make something on Youtube. It doesn’t have to be expensive, and it doesn’t have to be perfect.
Need inspiration? Look through magazines, Pinterest, make a mood board, or go for a walk!
Add whatever you make to your wardrobe and see how you can style an outfit around it :)
Purchasing mindfully is a beautiful thing, but we don’t need to constantly purchase something new in order to get satisfaction. Getting creative allows you to add excitement to your personal style without feeling like you need to add more.