How does your wardrobe define You?

ps. hope you like the Christmas garland![new_line]
Like most of us, I’ve entered lots of different stages in my life. Each one bringing it’s own set of challenges and opportunities. Having grown up insisting on co-ordinating my underwear with my outfit, style has always been played quite a large part in defining each stage. As a young professional, with a clearly defined identity it was fairly easy. Smart, formal and sensible. I knew how to do that.[new_line]
Then my job changed. I became a wife and a mother. In my wardrobe, power suits and heels sat alongside sloppy t-shirts and jeans. Not to mention the array of dressy tops and ‘going out’ clothes.
I am woman....
I would go shopping and buy things that would be added to the bulging mass of confusion that lay behind my wardrobe doors. I loathed getting dressed in the morning, I wanted to look good but had little confidence in how to achieve this. [new_line]
I was also struggling with the new me. Suddenly having the responsibility of being a parent and the new role of being a wife, dependent upon someone else for the first time in my adult life.[new_line]
One day, enough was enough and the clear out began. I shed everything that no longer belonged in my life. Things I hadn’t worn for years, things that no longer fitted me and lastly things that no longer defined me. The result was one of the most refreshing things I have ever done.[new_line]
I had far fewer clothes, shoes and bags but I could see what I had. It was organised. It had clear direction and plenty of space for new items that may come along in the future. [new_line]
But these would only be things that had been carefully considered, thoroughly vetted and that would fit perfectly with the rest of my wardrobe and my identity.[new_line]
In so many ways, this very clearly reflected my life. As time went on I felt increasingly comfortable with my new role but felt there was plenty of space for new things to slot in. I had finally accepted my identity and my wardrobe reflected me.[new_line]
Your style can be a good indicator of how you feel, what you think of yourself and your life. Match your wardrobe to your life.
Does your wardrobe reflect how you feel? Does it define you?
Image sources: Featured image, Carrie Bradshaw’s wardrobe from SATC. White wardrobe image, Pinterest.
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4 comments on “How does your wardrobe define You?

  1. Katy
    December 2, 2013 at 10:39 am

    I do love this post! I have probably read it about a hundred times and it still serves as a perfect ‘refresher’ on how our lives change and how we need to adjust our wardrobes accordingly….love it!

    ps – Laura, the christmas garland is divine ;-) x

    • My Pollyanna
      December 2, 2013 at 3:02 pm

      Thanks Katy! That’s why I picked it today while I had a hole to fill because it’s good to think sometimes about our identity and wardrobes especially as there is a frenzy at this time of year to buy buy buy!!

  2. My Pollyanna
    August 16, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Hi Sally, I would be delighted to help you out. I can help you filter through what you already have and leave you with a wardrobe with clarity and far less overwhelming!

    You may not even need to buy a whole heap of new things because hopefully you will see what you already have in a different light and put different outfits together, that you hadn’t previously seen.

    If you do need shop, it will help you identify gaps much more easily which means shopping has a purpose and direction.

    Here is my email address and we can set something up.

  3. Sally
    August 14, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Oh my goodness, that is exactly what I do wrong! At the shops, I still go straight for clothes that would be perfect for work or going out but as a full time stay at home mum (at the moment) they are completely inappropriate!
    I would love love love to make a fresh start on my wardrobe. Is there any chance that you would be interested in helping me do this? And then help me work out what else I need? I’m feeling kind of stuck and overwhelmed by all the clothes in my wardrobe but really only have a few things that I wear in constant rotation!

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