Since we moved and I started working in an office again, I've been a little bit (really a lot) clothing obsessed. My daily T-shirt plus yoga pants or jeans on office days and khakis with a button down for customer meetings uniform no longer cuts it. This being clothing obsessed and actually needing to budget for clothes (as opposed to just buying things as others wore ou) has been an interesting challenge—expecially since I started at pretty much zero a year ago. D and I have very different views on what represents a reasonable clothing budget. We've more or less compromised on a number that I can live with if I'm thoughtful about what I buy.
I still hate shopping even though I live within sight of a giant mall. And I'm still terrible at putting together an outfit complete with accessories. I always feel like I'm trying to hard when I toss a scarf on with whatever else I'm wearing. Even after many years of watching What Not to Wear, I'm stymied by getting dressed most mornings. I can envision what I want to look like, but I rarely manage to put all the pieces together.
I've never thought hard about building and maintaining a working wardrobe. My attitude has always been buy classic pieces and wear them until they fall apart or don't fit. Since my size has been nearly constant for about 10 years, falling apart has been the criteria for cycling things out. Or, I get tired of something, stop wearing it, and discover it five years later lurking in the back of my closet when we pack things up to move.
Just before we moved to California, I learned about Stitch Fix and getting dressed got significantly easier. Once a month (or so) a box of clothes arrives on my doorstep. I try everything on, and send back the things that don't work for me. Every piece comes with a styling card with two ways to wear and accessorize it—dressed up for work and more casual (which almost always works for me). Best of all, the box pushes my boundaries just enough to make my outfits interesting. Some of my favorite clothes are things I never would have bought for myself in a store but I fell in love with once I tried them on.
I still gravitate to classic syles, but I'm slowly developing a bit of modern edge with a tiny bohemian vibe—a silk tunic with skinny jeans, a maxi dress, a motorcycle jacket styled sweater. And getting dressed most days is less work because I have things in my closet that I love and can work with. And I can continue to avoid the mall because someone else shops for me and usually listens to my preferences for natural fibers and high quality clothes.
To help out my stylist, I may feature an occasional favorite outfit on the blog. I doubt that I'll start sharing everything from every Stitch Fix box as some bloggers do, but I'll be sure to call out those things that did arrive in that monthly box.
Note: this post published itself last night before I finished writing it.