I heard a statistic (and of course I can't remember wear) that a person usually wears 20% of their clothing 80% of the time. "Can't be," were the first thoughts I had. But then I looked at my closet. Not only was I probably only wearing about 10% to 15%, but I was gravitating to jeans and sweatshirts most of the time. My mother would be unhappy at this fact. She always wore nice trousers, blouses, suits or dresses. Even on a Saturday, Joyce would don wool slacks with a belt, a silk blouse, bracelets, necklaces and nice flat shoes. Sometimes I think Chelsea is a mini Joyce with her accesorizing and pretty dresses.
This week was my first attempt to wear a range of clothes. I didn't only wear jeans during the day, I slipped in some khaki's and skirts too. Instead of tees and sweatshirts, I put on button down shirts, sweaters and cardigans. Every day I took a few extra minutes to plan the outfit and accessorize. Yup, I was wearing belts, nice shoes, scarves and jewelry. Felt like I was channeling my mom a bit, which seemed to lift my spirits. My husband had a date night Tuesday. I pulled out that dress that I never seem to have the occasion to wear and put it on. Yes, I was a bit overdressed for a casual restaurant...but honestly it didn't feel awkward, it felt more empowering. I wasn't going for it, but this week I got a few compliments on my appearance, which was a nice change.
So I am hoping to keep up using a range from my closet. It felt good and less wasteful to wear pieces that were never worn. It felt creative to find new combinations that worked. Like I said, I felt empowered a bit because I knew I looked more put together than usual. Put all these reasons together and it makes sense why taking a few minutes to put together more of an outfit and less of a uniform (tees and sweats) makes sense.