I don’t think I will ever be a fashion blogger. I am characteristically “un-cool” in front of the camera and don’t have near the confidence as others showing off the newest pieces of my wardrobe in cool girl street style.
However, I do think I can weigh in on the importance of finding a personal style!
With my year of less in full swing, I’ve started to notice a shift in the way I view my closet. It no longer is swimming with too many t-shirts and un folded sweaters that haven’t seen daylight since graduation. It may not have as many fashionable moments as it used to, but it’s much more paired down and manageable.
I think when we leave college we are so used to scraping by and having to just deal with what we have, that throwing out anything seems sacrilegious.
Though often it’s what our closet needs.
A closet built solely upon low risers + too tight t-shirts (college girl staples) are most likely going to find themselves pushed to the side for more professional attire as we enter the 9 to 5 world. A few pieces from college cab be kept – pretty lace cami’s that can be styled a bit more professionally – but for the most part the majority should be tossed or donated.
It’s natural for our closets to go through some growing phases, we just have to give them a little overhaul sometimes through the stages.
Once I purged my closet it gave me a bit more clarity of what I missing and actually needed. Needed as in not what is showcased in all the magazine covers or email subscriptions, needed as in what was actually lacking.
Rather than restocking on too many of something I started to i n v e s t in the staples that I knew would make to from this season to the next.
It’s quite mind blowing how an overstuffed closet can cloud your decisions once you head into the store. I’d often find myself in a store wondering what I exactly needed or getting completely distracted and winding up with a too similar top. Simplifying a closet can be just as important as starting over with one.
Build from the ground up.
It’s not entirely where you think you should start, but I’ve kind of noticed my shoe collection says much more about my everyday style than anything else does.
And don’t fret! I’m not saying what you wear everyday means that’s your style (ie – nurse shoes), but I do think your style starts at your feet.
I bought a couple new pairs of shoes this year after throwing out all my bar stained flats from college and the two pairs seemed to sum up my style more than any amount of blouses could. I like feminine touches along with staples that can be worn everyday is what my wardrobe is made of.
Fashion is not just for streamlined images that grace every Vogue cover, fashion is also what we participate in everyday. Sure, deciding between your pleated white button down versus a green v-neck blouse may not seem Vogue worthy, but it’s moments like these that make up the ideas behind Vogue.
I always like to follow along to fashion half listening. I have my personal style that lasts through as many seasons as they can, though I do like to let what’s currently fashionable influence pieces in my closet here and there.[wc_divider style=”image” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=””]
Whether you are a fashion blogger, avid Vogue subscriber, or someone who just wants a decent closet, know that a good wardrobe is not based off how many hangers you have. Nor is it based off the current season trends.
What style staples do you swear by?