Lately, I’ve been feeling like my style might be changing.
Life has evolved, and most importantly my attitude has evolved.
When changes solidify and I feel like I’m finally entering a new phase of life, I have a new appreciation for style. Or rather, for what style represents — that connection between who we are on the inside + how we try to artfully communicate it to others on the outside.
For me, showing a change on the outside is a special part of owning + celebrating the growth on the inside. It’s an opportunity I’m grateful for.
But what do you do when you want to reflect those changes while honoring the clothes you already have in your closet? What do you do when you’re trying to be mindful of your purchases, make your clothes last longer, and consume less?
Typically when we think of styling, we think of accessorizing or adding more things to an outfit. A necklace, a bracelet, a scarf, a hat.
Accessories are a great way to style. But you know me, and I’m not big on lots of accessories.
So I approach styling as simply adjusting or tweaking, instead of adding things to my outfit. Here are my three favorite tweaks:
- Pair unexpected pieces. This doesn’t have to get zany. In fact, for me, these shorts + clogs were an unexpected combo. Not sure why, sometimes I just get it stuck in my head that certain things don’t go together — like shorts and clogs. But I tried pairing them and this outfit feels completely new — I feel new in it. It’s fun to play outside of the lines we subconsciously draw.
- Try wearing your hair differently.I’m starting to believe that hair is the ultimate power player when it comes to changing your style. Again, this doesn’t have to mean chopping off your hair or getting a bold new color (unless you want to). It could be as simple as changing the way you part your hair or trying a braid. You might have seen on Instagram that I’m trying to master a messy french braid — it’s becoming an integral part of my new style direction — and every time I wear it, my clothes feel completely fresh.
- Make an adjustment to what you’re already wearing. Roll your jeans differently, tie your shirt in a knot, cuff your sleeves, tuck your shirt or try a half tuck. Try each adjustment a little differently than you have in the past and see what happens.
Styling can help us feel new without a wardrobe overhaul. This doesn’t mean we don’t get new pieces along the way — we can honor the clothes in our closet and learn to style them while thoughtfully adding intentional pieces that reflect our style shift.
I’m excited to let this “new style” process unfold and share it with you over the next few weeks / months as I figure it out for myself.
In the meantime, go on, practice styling today and let me know how it goes!
Your turn. What do you do when you feel your style start to change, but you still want to honor the clothes you’ve already got in your closet?
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