Defining My Style and Streamlining My Wardrobe

Shop the post: J.Crew Coat (similar here and here), Gap Girlfriend Jeans (size down 1 size for a slimmer fit), Old Navy Sweater, Gucci Mules, Balenciaga Sunglasses (look for less here), Sezane Bag

At the end of every year I always reevaluate my fashion choices. Not that any of them are complete obscure but I always tell myself my style is going to be one way and then all of a sudden I have a ton of random shit in my closet that I don’t remember buying (kidding but kind of). The truth is I sometimes like to shop like I live in a much warmer place but the reality is it is a frozen tundra 75% of the year. If I could have it my way, my daily outfit would include a dress, ballet flats and a light jacket or jeans and a light sweater with sneakers. Unfortunately Chicago doesn’t let me be me. This year I’m defining my style and streamlining my wardrobe to make sense for my lifestyle.  

As my journey as a mom progresses, I’m starting to come to terms with the fact that my wardrobe is going to be casual majority of the time. That doesn’t mean I still don’t love to get dressed up (my favoriteeee) but my purchases this year need to be based around the basics! Items that can be transformed into multiple outfits. 

  

Instead of starting this year with the same intentions as I always do, and never really feeling totally satisfied with what’s in my closet. I decided to tackle this issue before we left for Charleston. I spent a couple hours going through my closet and considered every item a reflection of the personal style I want to portray in 2018. No more overly patterned blouses, no more short dresses, no more pilly sweaters (that should been given away last year). No more super trendy items that cost $30 and look like crap after one wash. There is a reason they are never worn but for some reason I still keep them around. 

Want help defining your style? Ask yourself these questions.

Does this item genuinely bring me joy?

Do I feel confident when I wear this item?

Is this item flattering?

Have I worn this item at all in the last year? 

If you answer no to any of these questions then it is time to give that piece to a new, loving home. 

 

So what does that mean for my style in 2018? It’s going to be a more paired down and effortless version of the style you usually see here. I’m always going to feature sthe items that I have and love for specific occasions but you’re going to see me in my natural element: comfy, casual and laid back. A little more appropriate for every day. These outfits are what make me feel like the most natural version of myself and that is when I personally feel the most confident. 

Shop the post: J.Crew Coat (similar here and here), Gap Girlfriend Jeans (size down 1 size for a slimmer fit), Old Navy Sweater, Gucci Mules, Balenciaga Sunglasses (look for less here), Sezane Bag

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