Sparking Joy in My Wardrobe

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Prior to my life in stain-covered sweatpants I took great pride in attempting to dress nicely. I realized at an early age that the external way in which I presented myself to the world told a story. I wanted to tell the story that I was put together and, somewhat, on trend.

Just as fashions change, so too does the story I want to tell. I don't want the world to see the overwhelmed, tired mom I often am. I want them to see the woman who has her crap together, who manages to feed, bathe, and clothe her kids. I want them to see the woman who juggles managing her home with a day job. I want them to see the woman who has grown into her own and had figured out what she believes and what she will and will not tolerate.

I am more than those sweatpants and even though other clothing options will likely end up stained too, the joys of little kids, I want to dress up for the day. I want to put that effort into myself.

At first I had a goal to work through The Curated Closet by Anuschka Rees but then got my hands on The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I spent the month of July going through each category of my wardrobe. I had to touch everything and I went one step further to try everything on. (I know, I know, I broke the rules.) I had to pay attention to how I felt while in and handling each piece.

I got rid of quite a lot, because I had bought a lot of pieces to hide in. I thought this was the season of life when I couldn't be fashionable or wear nice things. After all, I don't work in office all that often and my kids are the only people who see me. As a result I was allowing myself to dress in a way that told a story that wasn't quite accurate.

I don't know that my wardrobe will ever be the stuff of Pinterest dreams, but I do know that from here on out I will be buying and wearing those things that make me feel good, that accurately tell the story of who I am, or at least who I'm trying to be.

When you look at your wardrobe, what do you think it says about who you are? Come and share over on Instagram.

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