When I was younger, I thought if I had owned a brand label, I would be more liked in school, I would get accepted into the cool crowd & the boys would think I was pretty.
Note to self: A Polo shirt will not make you popular.
I remember the first brand label I purchased. It was a white, green & blue striped Izod shirt. It took me ages to finally make a decision, as my mom would only let me get one! I guess in the back of my mind, I thought this shirt would miraculously alter the future of my high school days. Well, I think you know the answer … I was still friends with the same friends (who I still love dearly today), ate at the same lunch table, sat with the same crowd in the football bleachers & stilled arrived at school every morning reeking of chlorine (I was on the swim team). Here was the silly thing, I felt MOST comfortable in my old hand-me-down jeans, regular ol’ shirts, & of course, my sweatpants with the swim team logo.
I kept chasing this silly mindset when I got older in my 20s. I thought buying clothes would make me pretty & acceptable. People would want to be around me, be my friend & I would finally be popular. If I could talk to my younger self, I would ask, “How in the world did you come up with this idea?” “What is being ‘popular’ anyway?” “How could you possibly come to the conclusion that clothes will make you cool or pretty?” “Where does this thought process stem from?”
Maybe we should dig deeper into this in another post…..
The bottom line is no one is going to like me MORE or all of a sudden what to become my friend if I purchase the latest & greatest. Clothes can give your audience a little sneak peek into your personality, a little about your demographics, but they DON’T make you a likeable person, the most popular or the cool kid. Clothing is a creative way to define yourself & a fun way to express who you are. But, the true beauty of you, the core of who you are comes from within, not what you purchased at TJMaxx.
Staying strong on my quest to be purchase-free for 3 months, I’m showcasing a 2nd look with my Express slip dress. In a recent post, I went for a more edgy, street vibe. Today I’m going a bit out of my comfort zone with a playful, ladylike look. I’m fond of mixing prints & achieved that here with my dress, my H&M jacket, delicate piping on my Zara high-neck top, Mixx Shoz shoes from Modcloth.
I first called this a journey, then called this a challenge. January 30th is one month! There is nothing difficult, sacrificial or tough with this personal goal. I first thought I’d be missing the latest & trendiest, but I don’t feel like I’m missing out on anything! I still look at style magazines, other bloggers & just within myself for inspiration. It doesn’t matter what’s new for s/s17 & a/w17, there is nothing out there that I can’t create with the items I already own in my closet. Like I mentioned before, I feel less stress, I have more time on my hands & feel more creative than ever.
It’s a little blurry, but gotta love a goofy photo, right?
I say Go For It!!!
In an attempt to learn how to enjoy what you have & have some fun with what you already own!
√ Here’s the Challenge:
- Dig deep & find an item that has been hiding in the back of your closet.
- See how many looks you can create with that one item.
- Take a photo, to reference in the future.
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