I am wrestling with my clothing style again. I say again because it is one of my periodic areas of upheaval, at least since I have been pregnant, not pregnant, skinny because of losing Adrian and being sad, a bit overweight because of IVF with Emma, then pregnant with Emma, then post partum, then fit but not very skinny until Daniel, then pregnant with Daniel, then back to fit and not the skinniest ever but normal BMI weight again.
Are you dizzy yet?
On top of that, I have started work again after being a stay at home mom for eight months after having Daniel. But I am only working half days, so that leaves half days of being with kids at home. My work and the kids require vastly, vastly different clothing choices. I work in an office, and although the environment is very forgiving, I am a professional, and I feel better if I dress as such.
Lastly, I am torn between my equally strong pulls towards minimalism and order on the one hand, and creativity and choices on the other hand. I need to respect both, as if I forget about the minimalism/order side, I feel overwhelmed, and if I go too spartan in that direction, I feel bored and drab and blah. I have been down to one pair of pants, one skirt and two sweaters on the one hand, and up to a very full walk in closet of which I pretty much wore everything, as everything fit and had a cousin to match. I now do not have the time to sit and fold and look after so many clothes with the TLC that they deserve. I like my clothes ironed. I don't like stains or pills, and I spend time getting those out. I fix small holes immediately, no kidding, I have a needle and multiple threads next to my toothbrush in the bathroom.
My actual style is forever changing as well...I am talking about my style at work. At home, I have a simple formula of 4 jeans (or 2 lululemon crops in summer), and four nursing tops (long sleeve in winter, and short sleeve in summer). Ugg boots in winter, and flats in summer. All done. Summer is short, winter is long, so I allocate proportionally more clothes to winter, and more money to that department.
At work, I mostly wear wool skirts with boots and cashmere sweaters on top. I have just acquired (this year) two wool trousers, one dress, and two blazers. I am branching in that direction now, so as to avoid the repetitiveness of skirt plus sweater. However, as a wannabe minimalist, I should love the repetitiveness of my very defined tendency towards skirt/boot/sweater. See what I mean? I am pulled in the direction of variety and my minimalist side feels uncomfortable with the expansion, but my variety craving side was feeling bored and wanted to break some new ground.
I am reading style and fashion blogs, and find that even stylists don't have their own style sometimes!! Some people alternate so much from earthy/warm colours to cool/black/white, from whimsical/boho to clean/sharp lines, from patterns to solids, that I am thinking IF I WANT TO BE A MINIMALIST, I CANNOT READ FASHION/STYLE BLOGS. I would say it is definitely a good idea that they vary things, but man, I need to see a trend, a pattern, a tendency of the wearer, not just nice outfits creatively put together.
I have no idea what any of this has to do with the topic of my blog (nothing?), except to say that, as with anything in life, we hold inside ourselves two opposing sides, and they pull us in different directions at different times. If I were to listen to miss minimalist on the left side of my brain today, and severely cut down my wardrobe today, miss creative on the right side would be very sad tomorrow...