Fashion Funk; Overused Wardrobe
“Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way you live.” —Gianni Versace
Welcome to my 3 part series of self discovered ways to get out of a funk. I’m sure we’ve all been in a ‘funk’. A period of time where you just feel..not so great for whatever reason. I know I’ve been there more than a few times, all for different reasons. I want to share some of those reasons I might get in to a funk and the things I’ve done to overcome them because I’m sure there are hundreds of people out there who have dealt with some of the things I’ve experienced. First thing’s first- you have to recognize what it is that is putting you in this funk.
Introducing Part 1: Fashion Funk
Sometimes I feel like I wear the same things over and over again. My closet is mostly made up of clothes I’ve hoarded over the past several years, some pieces I’ve had for 10 years [and I’m only 24…yikes!]. Part of me has kept so many of these clothes because I have the mindset that I *might* could wear it again one day but the other part of me has kept these clothes because I can’t always just go out and buy new things whenever I want to so I keep these clothes thinking that I can pull something out of the back on my closet and have that ‘feeling new’ sensation because I haven’t worn it in a while, but when I actually do I feel like I’m just overusing old clothes. I don’t have that satisfying feeling of wearing something new and different. I’ve found that doing this just brings me back to that funky feeling that I don’t like, but I think I’ve found a good solution for myself.
Working in a boutique with an employee discount my wardrobe outgrew the small closet that comes attached to the bedroom so when my boyfriend [now husband] and I moved in together I managed to convince him to let me use one of the spare rooms as a large walk-in closet. It is the largest bedroom in the house and it is filled with color coordinated racks of clothing, a shoe cubby mostly double stacked with different style shoes, racks of jewelry both on a dresser and hanging from the wall and a shelf full of handbags and purses. Once every so often I’ll go through my entire closet piece by piece and decide what I can part with. Sometimes I’ll post for sale the items I feel have value and put the profit towards purchasing new items and the other items I’ll toss in a box and drop it off at the Salvation Army. I’m sure you’re wondering how I can have a closet full of things yet still feel like I’m overusing my wardrobe. After wondering this same thing I realized that with the changing trends and my own personal style developing in different ways the things I had hoarded from years past had become obsolete.
So here I am, ready to get something that makes me feel new. Everyone struggles with their own insecurities and one of mine is having shorter legs so I tend to not like myself in certain clothing. I veer more toward skirts, high-waisted pants, dresses and other things that give me the illusion of having longer legs. From my experience working in a boutique we would have women coming in having the same insecurities. Some dealt with size, big and small, and others it was height, both short and tall. The awesome thing about fashion is that there is a style that suits everyone, you just have to try some things out to find it. When high-waisted pants made a come back I remember calling them long butt pants and thinking they would look so funny on but now they’re my best friend because they give the illusion that my legs are longer than what they are. I’m on the shorter side so paired with a cute pair of booties I looked a bit taller too. I love the way I look and feel in them! It actually took a bit of searching on Pinterest for ‘short leg fashion’ and I even went to a few stores to try on what they had to offer to find what I felt good in. What you should take from this is think about your personal insecurity if you’re dealing with a wardrobe crisis and research what others like you are wearing that empowers them. Take some time to visit a few places and actually try some things on, you may be surprised what can pull you out of that fashion funk! I can’t always afford to go out and purchase a new outfit [some of these boutiques are expensive] but I recommend checking out the sale racks first. Most of the items might be out of season but you might get lucky and find some things for a few dollars. I always find things at H&M, Forever21 and even Target. As a final tip: I would recommend trying on things as a full outfit so you can be assured you wont get home and want to return what you purchased. Trying on high-waisted pants with the type of shoes and blouse I’ll be wearing it with help me make a more assertive decision to purchase the item or put it down and keep shopping.
Have you ever been in a ‘fashion funk’? I’d love to hear what you do to give you that fresh new feeling!
Clothing and jewelry pictured: U&I BTQ