You know how in movies and TV shows, there’s always a city girl going to a gallery opening?
Well, I’ve never been to a gallery opening in my life.
But if I was ever to go to one, this is the outfit I think I’d wear. Unless jeans aren’t allowed. I don’t know the gallery opening rules. But it looks modern + relaxed + sharp all at the same time, so I’m thinking it’s gold.
And now, a less than graceful transition: Winter wardrobe update!
Here’s how this thing usually goes down.
I fill out my wardrobe planner first, do a lot of online browsing to see what’s out there, and then I do my first round of shopping. I buy a few things, get them home, and try them on with pieces I already own to see how everything works together. Then I usually sit with these pieces for about a week, to make sure they really work.
While I’m sitting with them, I ask myself questions. Right now I’m asking two main Q’s:
Does this match my style, or was I just in a New York City wear-all-black kind of mood when I bought it?
Did I buy sweaters because that’s what I need, or just because I was cold when I bought it?
This “sitting with” time is always a valuable part of my process. Right now, it’s where I am. I may take a few pieces back. I may refine my vision a bit. That’s okay. It’s part of the process.
And this process of simplifying actually isn’t simple. It takes lots of work + lots of thought + lots of foresight.
“Simplicity is complexity resolved.” -Constantin Brancusi
“Simple can be harder than complex. You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end.” -Steve Jobs
Yes, for me, it’s so worth it. Because the time I spend on the process of simplifying is small compared to the time I spend enjoying that simplicity.
I just think back to how I used to seriously struggle with shopping, spending hours a week just shopping — spending money + time I didn’t have for anything that might lift my mood for a few minutes. It caused so much unneeded stress.
Yes. For me, the process is worth it.
Bag: Madewell (similar)