I’m currently going through what is commonly known as ‘a fashion rut’. I can’t stand the sight of most of my clothes, but I don’t want to satisfy my hunger for newness by buying a bunch of 10$ t-shirts that I ‘kind of like’ and that will literally disintegrate after one wash.
I feel like when you move into a new apartment and you refuse to buy all of your furniture at IKEA because you’re too afraid to end up with the same exact bedroom as in the catalogue. Just like with your clothes, if you’re looking for pieces of furniture with personality which you won’t want to throw away in six months, you must compromise: like living without a bedside a table for a year or enduring a hideous bed cover until you have enough capital (RRSP don’t count) to be the proud owner of the one you saw at Anthropologie.
My wardrobe is exactly like a new apartment right now. I have old stuff I just want to burn to the last thread while singing along to N’Sync’s Bye Bye Bye and pieces I love unconditionally, mostly vintage treasures I’ve found over the years. Reality is, even if I can’t stand that given coat anymore, which feels like a fashion reincarnation of an old couch passed down way to many times (you know what I mean ‘been there, done that’ kind of vide), I still have to keep it until I find a new one. Because, contrary to popular belief, I’m far from being a compulsive shopper. In fact, I pick my clothes with extreme meticulousness at about the speed of a hundred-year-old turtle. Like YOU DON’T WANT to shop with me (unless I’m shopping for you, that, I’m crazy good at).
Just like the saying ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’, my wardrobe won’t be either based on my obsessive shopping nature. Nevertheless, when you’re looking to set your style into a new direction, a moodboard is one of the most effective tools out there; it becomes like a compass when you find yourself lost deep in the woods (something that hasn’t happened to me very often, I must admit). Having inspirational images close-by allows you to regularly soak yourself in the aesthetic you’re longing for and, consciously or not, influence your future buys.
So after falling deep into the Instagram black hole for two hours, here are the looks* I’ll be wearing as soon as snow is out of my sight. Now let’s see if I have enough time to put them together before fall comes knocking back again.
*If a therapist were to analyze my picks, she would definitely say that I have unresolved issues with oversized pants and cutsie dresses.
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