If you had looked in my wardrobe last year and looked again this year, you would notice a big difference. It’s half full, or half empty (depending on how optimistic you are). “Why?” I hear you say, “Did the fashion police confiscate your harem pants?”
Well, not quite, it’s because I read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, the Japanese art of decluttering and organising. I then embarked upon a mammoth chucking out-throwing away-keeping only if it sparks joy-event with my shoes and clothes, and I ended up getting rid of 8 bags of clobber, yes 8. And when I say bags I’m talking about the big black bin liner size. Oh yes, I was ruthless and it felt cathartic.
It has been a month since I threw out half my clothes and guess what. I wake up nearly every morning thinking “Oh no, I didn’t throw that out did I?” But at least my wardrobe is tidy and uncluttered.
Having half the amount of clothes that I had last year, I’m left with thoughts of what to wear with what I have left. And what items are going to fill the big space that I have created.
2017 is my time to put order to my shopping and sewing. Only buy/make things that I know I can wear with the things that I already have. Stop wasting time and money on clothes that look good with nothing that I own.
My Story jacket was made 2 years ago, I’m very pleased with it but I’ve worn it only twice. It doesn’t seem to fit into any season. It’s a spring style with a winter fabric (oopsie!) and it just doesn’t look right with many of my clothes.
As I look in my freshly decluttered wardrobe, I see 90% monochrome. Lots of people tell me that I should wear colour more often, it suits me, but I actually prefer and feel more comfortable in black, grey or white, occasionally yellow and sometimes blue. For me, black is always the new black, apart from when it’s grey.
But every once in a while I surprise myself and buy something completely unexpected like PINK SHOES!!!!!!!
I really don’t know what I’m going to wear with these. Pink and light grey go fabulously together.
I also see that 15% of my clothes are handmade, something I really want to change. 50% + is where I would like to be, because the clothes that I make for myself bring me an immense amount of joy.
I need to make better choices about what I sew and the fabrics I use. And I hope to sew one item of clothing for myself each month #projectsewit
A few days ago Bonobos got in touch, the menswear brand that pride themselves on a great fit for every body type, with a focus on men’s pants. They wanted to know my Fashion Resolutions for 2017 and how I would like to perfect my personal sense of style this year.
So I’ve been thinking about what my style says about me and what I want it to say about me.
I organically come up with a style of my own because my body shape did not fit with what’s on-trend. When I was younger I longed to wear low rise skinny jeans but bum cleavage is not a good look. Short denim skirts would look great at the front but jut out at a weird pointy angle at the back where it would not sit comfortably over my butt.
Trousers would be tight in the thighs and gape massively at the back of the waist. And let’s not talk about the scar my school uniform has left as I lived my youth in a brown (I hate brown) skirt that appeared long at the front and short at the back due to my non pancake butt. I’m now wondering if this is why I love a high low style so much (long at the back, short at the front), compensating for my awkward school years image.
I’ve had to work out what fits my shape first, then what suits me and use that to develop a style that I’m comfortable with and makes me feel confident.
Confidence is key and if I feel it, I can ‘own it’.
High drama is what I’ll be focussing on in 2017. I don’t mean flamboyant or eccentric, far from it and I’m sticking to my beloved monochrome. What I mean is clothes that have exaggerated detail. Severe high low hem lines. Drapes, I’m obsessed with drapes and I have a big love for clothes that are slightly irregular.
I’m all about mixing the rough with the smooth in an effort to be anti glamourous. Combining clothes that you wouldn’t necessarily expect to wear together. Something smart with something casual, something tailored with something distressed and layering to the point that you can’t work out where one garment ends and the other begins.
What are your Fashion Resolutions for 2017? I’d love to hear.