It. Was. Miraculous.
For the first time someone actually said out loud that it was okay to not like trendy.
I have always kind of struggled with this inner fashion battle. Part of me wants to own designer items just because they are the current “IT” thing: i.e. True Religion jeans, Coach bags, etc. But then I have to ask myself, do I really even LIKE those items? Hmm…
A Brief History.
High school was exactly the same way. (I don’t even want to remember anything I wore before high school because it will just make me cringe.) Once I got a part time job and had a meager income to spend, spend it I did. On lots of clothes from the Gap and Abercrombie and American Eagle. Which was so dumb. Those clothes were way overpriced for my budget and all I seemed to care about was having clothes that were trendy, and apparently looking just like everyone else. Sure I wanted to look cute too, I guess.
For some reason I am drawing a blank on the things I wore in college. I know I didn’t care as much about being trendy and just bought clothes I liked and that were cheap. I looked fine, I guess. Good enough to go on a few dates and attract my very handsome husband. 🙂
The Mom Uniform.
And now that I’ve graduated and had two children, I have officially graduated to the place where style goes to die…the Mom Uniform. You know it. The boring Target shirt thrown with some jeans. And just maybe that shirt is slightly stained. And maybe you ‘mix things up’ by wearing some sort of Downeast layering tee with it. Shoes are flip flops, always flip flops. Clothes have become a necessity, something to essentially cover up nakedness and a lumpy figure, as opposed to something that can boost your self-confidence. When do we ever get time to shop for ourselves? We think about the options…1) drag your kids to the store and either chase them around the store or strap them in a stroller where they whine the whole time while you try and find something quickly to make the whole experience overwith or 2) Stay home. Eat.
What is Style?
I’m tired of not knowing if something is ‘styish’ or not. I want to find my own style and not question myself time and time again. I keep dreaming of how I want to decorate my dream house and am totally drawn to the whites of Life in the Fun Lane. But I love pops of color too, far more than she has in her house. I need to discover my style. And I need to stop spending money on crappy clothes that I buy out of necessity. I need to say No to the Mom Uniform.
Challenge of 2011.
My challenge for 2011 (other than the endless weight loss challenge) is to discover my style. And I want you all to discover yours, too! I’ll keep my eyes out for things that I like and don’t like and post them. And I think that this will help me to figure out what I like, no matter what any one else says is cool. I will like it. I know what you’re thinking, “Isn’t this a craft blog? I’m getting confused…”
I won’t force my style on you. I’ll be creating a new separate blog just for this journey to my style, so you can read about it there. I’ll have pictures of outfits I wear or pictures of things that I like (cuz let’s face it, I have a LONG way to go before I will look fashionable.) I’ll keep you updated on it as I go.