We have discussed my fashion issues before. I’m struggling to not dress like a camp counselor 24/7. I’m struggling to feel fully dressed and not like I’m simply playing pretend, walking around in my mother’s pumps. I’m struggling to make my dream fashionista (the person who lives inside of me and says, “oh, that looks lovely… don’t you wish you could pull that together? be that cool? have that hair? pull that off? Hmm… too bad.”) a reality fashionista. And I’m trying to do it while keeping my closet from overflowing.
I’ve taken to giving away a lot of clothes. I’ve taken to living with less and less stuff. I enjoy feeling light on my feet. And apparently, I’ve recently taken to the long necklace.
(This is a splurge I found on sale at Nordstrom, and I couldn’t resist. A talisman of sorts.)
And why the long necklace?
(Why the long face?) Well! Let me tell you! It’s super easy and it appeals to my lazy nature, while being quite en vogue. Or something.
(This little doozy was only $7. Yes, that’s right… seven smacks.)
I don’t have to clasp anything, or remember to take something off before I get into the shower (it’s nearly impossible to forget … I play with the necklace all day long, so I am very aware that it’s there), or worry that it will give me hat hair, or that it will make me too warm, or worry about whether or not it’s appropriate.
(My Christmas present from the Maris)
Because… it’s always appropriate. It adds some class and it doesn’t make feel self conscious. In fact, rocking the long necklace makes me feel even more confident, and shouldn’t that be the sole purpose of a fashion risk in the first place? Maybe it takes a little more effort than you usually put into what you throw on your body for the day, maybe it takes an adjustment of your shopping budget, setting aside $10 here or there, maybe it’s a little thrilling – as trying something new can be – but ultimately, when it’s a real success, it’s the icing on the gravy, the creme de la creme, it’s the one thing you were missing in order to stomp down the sidewalk on your way to the office.
(The surprise Kamel had planned, on super sale from Anthropologie)
More than being edgy or fashion forward, I want to feel put together. It’s the little things that do that: the dangly earings, the hair accoutrements, the scarves and little jackets. The items that say you put that extra moment of thought into how you present yourself. Clothes and fashion can be frivolous, but self expression – creating your own personal narrative – can always be what you make of it.
(Rammy again (i couldn’t resist) – with Kamel and the camera in the reflection)
What are you saving for? What are you rocking fresh in 2012? Where is your secret (don’t worry, you’re among friends) shopping place for cheap finds? For unique finds? For fashion that makes you go oo oo oo? Here’s to hoping we all stomp down the sidewalk this year… again and again and again.