Last Friday, I stepped out of my wardrobe comfort zone.
I didn't realize how far out I was stepping until I was getting dressed that morning.
Here's what happened...
At Anthropologie we sometimes kick off the coming weekend with Fashion Friday. These special Fridays have a 'theme' and the whole team dresses accordingly. It's a
way to inspire our customers and ourselves. Last Friday, the focus was dresses.
Now, if you've read even one or two of my previous posts, then you know that I am a certified 'jeans, striped top and blazer' kind of girl. I am most comfortable in some version of that classic 'uniform'.
It hasn't always been that way. I used to wear dresses and skirts. Often, actually.
I can't pinpoint when I began to choose pants over dresses (for ease, 'dresses' will include skirts for the rest of this post). I just stopped wanting to wear dresses.
As, I began to consider my outfit for Fashion Friday. I looked at the dresses hanging in my closet. I decided on an ivory lace treasure from Anthropologie. I loved this dress when
I purchased it in November, 2013.
Last Friday was the first time I have ever worn it!
While getting ready for work, I noticed that I was really struggling to stay commited to the dress. I had a running battle in my head. I am a 'rule follower', so I really wanted to show up in the suggested garb...but the urge to wear a pair of lovely, flowy linen pants was hard to ignore.
In the end...I decided to just leap.
I put on the dress and walked out the door.
I received the nicest compliments all day. Co-workers and customers commented on how great they thought I looked. How fresh and feminine. After each kind word, I found it hard not to explain and justify why I was wearing a dress. This was turning into a psychology study!
I had a really hard time wearing that dress and feeling like me. I felt like I was playing dress-up all day. I was thrilled to slip it off when I returned home. I never expected the simple act of wearing a dress to affect me so much.
Since Friday something interesting has happened...I keep thinking about dresses.
Specifically, about how I can incorporate a few dresses into my wardrobe.
Dresses that will feel authentic to me. Crazy, right?
Here's what I learned:
Though I was way out of my comfort zone, I survived. And as a bonus, the way I look at dress has changed. I realize now that the dresses in my wardrobe don't reflect my current style. They don't feel like me...so I never wear them. There's an easy fix...
find a dress or two that will fit into my existing wardrobe. A dress that feels like me.
Often the best way to shatter a limiting belief is to just leap through it.
It is possible to alter our usual 'uniform' and still be authentically ourselves.
We create our own story and image...so we can just as easily recreate them.
Want to try something new with your wardrobe? Dive in.
Here's an experiment:
Pick one self-imposed style rule that you live by and break it. Most of us have a
piece in our closet right now that we like, but don't wear because it just doesn't feel
Often this piece was purchased with good intentions and never worn (like my ivory lace dress). Keep in mind that while this item might not be exactly right, wearing it could change your thinking...and open your mind to new style possibilities.
Simple ways to shake things up in your own wardrobe:
If you always wear solids...pick a pattern.
If you only wear flats...step into a pair of heels.
If you never wear knits...try a t-shirt or sweater.
If you always wear small jewelry...rock a statement piece.
It's a small risk that might just lead to a new favorite look.
Let me know what you try and how it works...
Thanks for reading.
Hello, I'm Kristen.
As a personal stylist,