This is something I’ve touched on briefly in recent posts but it’s really been bothering me, so I feel like this topic deserves its own post. Getting more serious about style blogging derailed me from my less-is-more values… and I feel like a hypocrite. I had Instagram envy from watching an endless parade of new outfits. A pressure to constantly wear new clothes on the blog started to creep up on me… and get me down. All for what? Because other bloggers were doing it?
As a grown ass woman I’m embarrassed to admit I was sucked into unrealistic social media envy. Feeling less-than for not keeping up with the other bloggers… yeah fuck that. Comparison is the thief of joy (in all aspects of life – not just fashion) and it’s so important to remember to cherish what we have.
The Capsule Wardrobe Game Plan
The plan is pretty basic: follow my own advice. I started with a Pinterest moodbard and put together a strict capsule wardrobe for fall 2016 based on what I already love in my closet, plus some selective wardrobe additions. I plan to mix and match to the point of (hopefully!) never repeating an exact outfit during the season, sharing the experiment with you guys along the way.
Taking this type of approach is 1) way healthier for my wallet and 2) probably way more helpful for you guys! Learning how to style things in different ways will be infinitely more applicable to your daily wardrobe than seeing an endless parade of new outfits.
1. Stop Impulse Shopping
All those $20 and $30 scores from the sale rack for the sake of “new stuff to wear for the blog” are going to end pronto. In the meantime I’m purging everything unloved from my closet.
2. Shopping With Intent
There are a few big ticket purchases that have been on my mind for a while, and I’m finally giving myself permission to bite the bullet & buy them. Completing a solid foundation of basics will unlock dozens of new outfit combinations and they’re items that will be in my closet for years. I’m also following my own 80/20 Rule to choose a few trend pieces to keep my wardrobe spiced up for the season. A tightly edited closet doesn’t have to be a boring closet!
3. The Exception To The Rule
I really LOVE using my blog as a platform to discover and share new brands with you guys… so I am going to allow new c/o items into my closet throughout the season. Contrary to popular belief, (good) bloggers don’t accept free stuff just for the sake of getting free stuff. I turn down 90% of the offers that come my way because it doesn’t do any good to me, my readers, or the brands if I’m featuring items that aren’t 100% true to my values and aesthetics. I even turned down a luxury facial once, and trust me that did hurt a little 😉
As a blog reader or blogger have you ever felt shopping envy from blogs or social media?
I know that a minimalist wardrobe isn’t realistic (or desirable) for everybody, but would you try it? Share your thoughts in the comments!