I used to believe that I possessed a strong sense of personal style. Turns out, I'm a closet schizo. I am dressing at least 3 totally different people in one wardrobe.
Sure, my clothes need to perform a wide range of functions, but whose don't? I work, teach, beach, run, and mother - sometimes all in the same day. But, that doesn't mean that the style of my clothes should span the gamut from Librarian to SoCal Beach Rat.
I am having a difficult time narrowing down a description of my preferred image or style. The fact is, I like it all. And I feel limited in choosing just one.
So, I first thought of what I don't like so much.
- flowing crop tops, colored jeans, etc
- "sexy" (think Victorias Secret)
- "outdoorsy" (think Keen shoes)
- pleated front pants
- Victoria Beckham
- hippie stuff
Then I thought of what I do like
- 40s/early 50s
- athletic - the comfort of warm ups/between games garb
- structured/tailored things
- Ivy League
- academic (think elbow patches)
- natural fibers
- nerd rock (think Weezer)
The most surprising part of this exercise was discovering that my ideal wardrobe isn't necessarily a reflection of all the things I love most in life. I love Asian aesthetic...in my house. I love Hawaiian...in my spouse. I love punk...in my music. I even love Renaissance...at the fair.
Clothes should say something about us, but they don't need to say it all. In order to avoid a closet full of craziness, it needs to be narrowed down to pieces that can interact with each other. My closet isn't quite there, but if I can look at it through this filter, finding things that adhere to a certain aesthetic and eliminating items that don't, I will be that much closer to a small but functional wardrobe.