Today I spent the morning cleaning out my closet. In addition to carrying another human for nine months, we now live in a much less walker-friendly city, and the shape of my body has definitely changed. I returned to my pre-pregnancy clothes and almost nothing fits. Well, some of it technically fits. But it shouldn't be worn in public. And dresses are currently out due to breastfeeding. In addition to appropriate fit, I found that I just don't like quite a few things anymore. Things that made sense in preppy, wintry New England just don't work here.
At the end of the morning I had three bags full of clothes to consign or donate and felt close to the verge of tears. My body feels different, my sense of place feels different, and my style feels . . . in question. As a teacher and a new mother, I feel like I'm always on the verge of dowdy, and right now it's in danger of outright sloppy. And since I've been staying home for the past sixth months--- while trying to become less and less of a consumer--- it's hard to give myself permission to invest in a few basics, or even know what to buy.
Participating in Julia's Wardrobe Challenge is helping (at least I can develop a skill while trying to make some things. I think a skirt or new purse is next on the list), and a few nice finds at the thrift also brought a smile to my face this morning.
However, I would still love your comments on a couple of things:
1) Where do you find style inspiration? I find that a lot of fashion magazines don't make sense for my budget, lifestyle, or line of work. I do like checking out Wardrobe Remix , What I Wore, and La Fille d'Or. Are there any other websites you all would recommend?
2) If you sew, are there any favorite patterns you've used to create clothes for yourself?
3) What is your favorite place for accessories?