Today I am linking up at Suzie Studios Capsule Project. I was intrigued when I saw that this is what The Capsule Project is all about.
“I think The Capsule Project provides an opportunity for us to answer this question in part. Who am I? What is my style? What is NOT my style? What clothes do I look good in? What clothes do I NOT look good in? What is my body type, face shape etc.? The more we know who we are and who we aren’t the more we can celebrate who others are and when we can do that there is no room for comparison.”
This is something I could relate too. The idea of finding my own style, and being confident in allowing that style to express who I am. So I have started putting some thought into what my style actually is and what I can do to help create a wardrobe that is functional, expressive, and still cost friendly. Here is what i have come up with so far.
In thinking about what styles I am normally drawn to, and searching Pinterest to review what style of clothes I had already pinned and what I gravitate towards, I came up with name for my style. Casual Girlie/Boho. I like clothes that are feminine and pretty, but they have to be comfortable and functional. Not something that requires 10 layers to look just right, or pants that you can’t move or sit down in comfortably. I also love to mix in some flowing, comfy layers, scarfs, headbands and the like. To get a visual sense of my style, my wardrobe board on Pinterest has grown. It helps create a visual of what kind of clothes I like and may want to think of purchasing. You can also get a sense of my style by checking out my Pinterest board here.
1. Purge clothes that don’t fit right, or aren’t worn.
I need to make a conscious effort to get rid of things that just don’t look right on my body or fit me comfortably. I have a tendency to hang on to things that I think I just might wear.
2.Start building a better wardrobe with staple pieces that fit my style
I noticed when I was pinning clothing ideas that there were certain items that kept reappearing in the styles I like. Thing like a well fit chambray shirt, knee length skirts, cardigans and a few other things. Some of these things I have, while in other areas I need to fill in some gaps.
3.Buy things that are well made and actually fit my body.
I tend to want to buy things just because they are on sale, and not because they actually look that great on me. I need to realize that investing in a piece of clothing will pay off in the long run. It will be worth it to buy one item that looks great on me and can be worn again and again, rather than buy five cheaper items that may not fit quite right or be something I need and hardly get worn. I also have to take into consideration at this point in my life that a good chunk of my clothes should also be functional for nursing. I nursed Miss G for about 15 months and am now a month in to nursing Lilly. Let me tell ya, it’s not really ideal or fun to try to strip off a billion layers or not feel like you’re even half covered in order to feed your baby. It definitely gets easier as they get older and don’t require being fed every two hours, but it’s still something I would like to keep in mind when making a purchase.
4. Make financially and socially conscious purchases.
While I want to work on being ok with buying a piece of clothing that is a little more expensive for the right quality and fit, I still want to make wise financial choices. With two little ones in the home, there are many other purchases that take priority over clothes. I rarely buy myself clothes. So while I do plan to work on saving up some money for a few key purchases, I don’t want to go overboard. I want to be a good steward of our money and realize that clothing purchases are not at the top of the list right now. I also would like to be more conscious about where the money from my purchases is going. I like making purchases from companies like, TOMS, because I know that when I make a shoe purchase, a pair of shoes is donated to a child.
So here’s to joining in this journey with other women. A journey of finding a style that expresses who we are and what we stand for. A journey of being good stewards of our money and being confident in the body that Christ has given us. A journey that is also helping me towards one of my 2014 goals to Simply.
As a sort of, kind of, tied in side note… I wanted to post a sneak peek of some new headband designs I have been working on. I can’t wait for Spring, and these new Spring colors definitely add some cheer to these drab Winter days. As an unofficial goal #5, I want to try to actually make myself and my girls more of these headbands to wear out and about. I seems I never quite take the time to make these for me! And they tie in perfectly to my casual girlie/boho style! Head over to the store now and use code WINTERSALE through March 8th to get 10% off your purchase. Once the sale is over spring stock will soon be up!