Sometimes fashion can get me down. The comparison game is a beast and often times, I can let it rob me of my joy. This is true in all areas of my life, but especially in fashion. You may call that materialistic; I call it a creative struggle. Hear me out.
I’ve talked before about how fashion is a hobby. An artistic outlet. A way to share my inward self outwardly. Which means fashion and clothing are personal and emotional. What you see reflects a piece of me, in other words. Yes, inward beauty far outweighs the importance of outward beauty. However, personal style can reflect our souls in unique and beautiful ways. To discredit it as materialistic, then, isn’t seeing fashion for what it can be.
On the same page now? Good.
Whether it’s transitioning from season to season or from weight gain to weight loss (or vice versa), I can get bogged down with my wardrobe. Things feel old; over-worn; boring. When this happens, I can do two things. Tunnel down the comparison hole. Or. Focus on fresh ways to wear old things.
The comparison hole is so easy nowadays, what with social media at our finger tips. We are bombarded with new all the time. New arrivals. New trends. New takes on old classics. Fashion bloggers make a living out of it. And that works—for them. You wouldn’t compare your fitness routine to that of an athlete. So why compare your closet with that of a fashion blogger? Because if we do, we might come to believe that new is the only way to enjoy a stylish wardrobe. That everyone owns everything—so you should too.
It’s a trap, readers. New is fun. New is happy. But new is fleeting.
Instead, let’s focus on creative ways to wear our own things. Whether that’s spending a night in with a glass of wine or cup of tea, having your very own fashion show; inviting your girl friends over for a clothing swap; organizing your messy closet into one that’s clutter free. Whatever it is, choose to enjoy what you have. Choose to enjoy the style you’ve created. Choose to enjoy the old. The worn. The repeats. Because new isn’t always better. A content heart and a creative mind win out by far.
So, excuse me while I go shop my closet.
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