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Building a Better WardrobeOctober 2, 2013

Clothing rack by Annaleena

I’m not great at receiving compliments, and if and when I’m applauded for my attire, I awkwardly make a comment about trying on several items before settling or, conversely, saying, “This old thing?” I should really be more confident, attributing my conciously-chosen wardrobe from years of actually paying attention to what I wear and how I shop. I used to collect magazine and catalog pages of favorite outfits, then file them in a binder stored in my closet. More recently I’ve been relying on my Pinterest board, “her style‘” for fashion advice. For special events, shopping trips, and lazy mornings, I log on to see what I’ve posted to help inform my decisions. I’ve often been able to assemble an outfit with what I already have, but never thought to put together without a visual reminder.

I’m also a pretty thrifty shopper and tend to stick to neutral-colored staples in my wardrobe. Not much room in my budget to buy latest fashion trends I can’t foresee wearing 3 days a week. However, by poring through pins, I’m able to admit that perhaps I could make a pair of bright colored pants work into my wardrobe, or perhaps invest more into a pair of shoes that will be a workhorse for my everyday attire. My cobalt blue pants did me well the last few seasons, my Clark’s desert boots were only ever replaced with cozy slippers during the cold weather, and Frye ballet flats are doing the work this spring and summer. I’ve even used it for hairstyle counseling, braving thick-cut bangs with curly hair for while. Overall, it’s given me confidence to invest in my style, and how to dress up and down pieces, adding value to each piece – how else would I be wearing a chiffon polka-dot skirt to the coffee shop one Sunday morning when I last wore it to a wedding?


I’ve been pinning on this board for over a year now and it’s interesting to see what I’m drawn to each season – what styles repeat themselves or how color palette changes. I think I could live in dolman tops, skinny pants, dresses, and cardigans (sort of “sexy grandma / grandpa”) and my style board will prove it.

So go pin and see for yourself. Your past-pinning self may reveal more than you think.

Note: I found this post floating in my draft folder from probably months ago! I’ve since started myself a “her maternity style” board to cope with this watermelon I seemed to have swallowed… 

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