Last night, my husband booked our Valentine's Day date. Well, it's actually going to be on the 15th, but considering VD day is on a Thursday this year, we figure we're good. But what this means is that I have to delve into a part of my closet I don't see very often. It's my narrow section of wedding/reception/nice restaurant/my mother-in-law wants me to impress someone clothes. Every year, that section gets a little bit smaller.
Years ago, I had a personal style. I was quirky. I owned a single pair of jeans. I shopped at thrift stores, mixed and matched to find things that epitomized my creative spirit. I owned a lot of hats, and at one point, my favorite item of clothing was a pair of harem pants I begged my grandmother to make for me when I found this creamy, satin-like fabric with dark blue rocking horses on it. Trust me. It's not as weird as it sounds, lol.
When I entered the professional world, I had to start toning things down. I worked in offices where there were certain dress codes. So I adapted. I tossed my funkier items and started doing this retro-40's suit thing that worked great for my figure.
Change came again when I moved overseas to get married. It wasn't that I couldn't take my clothes with me. No, the truth was, a month after exchanging vows, I got pregnant. All of a sudden, I had to deal with maternity clothes - yuck - and comfortable clothes that didn't require a lot of time or attention because I didn't have those anymore. It wasn't worth it to have fun, cute clothes, only to have them get stained with baby spit. So out those went, too.
My kids are in elementary school now, but a lifestyle as a stay-at-home mom doesn't really leave me a lot of room for tons of individualism. I still stick with vibrant colors if I can, and truth be told, I will always look at prints before I look at a solid fabric. But you know, maybe it's time for me to start breaking out of the mold again. I don't have to go back completely to the way things used to be, but nothing says I can't start adding individual pieces back into my wardrobe. Maybe by the time I'm white-haired and living it large in Florida, I'll be back to that bohemian thing I had going at 20. My husband will love that.
What's your personal style?