…to make one feel entirely unfashionable. Of course, I do love getting a fashion magazine every month. It’s a nice departure from either web or architecture magazines, the usual. But I have realized the following things.
- I can’t tell if anything will fit because everyone is so thin and gangly. I’m all for being fit, after all I run and whatnot, but I can’t change certain anatomy. Anything that requires double-sided tape and forgoing a bra is not really an option. There seems to be a lot of that these days.
- My love of small historic homes has limited my closet size so anything and everything coming into my closet has to be very versatile and well-thought out. Not a lot of that these days.
- And, like everyone I know, I need to be thrifty. I have to know that I’ll be able to wear something until it falls apart. I can’t buy something and only wear it once. I’m not sure I would want to wear most of anything I’ve seen more than once.
I can’t be the only one with this fashion delema. And then I have style ADHD and like so many styles from several periods and every time I go into a store I get distracted. I’m a shopping disaster.
To cope, for the past ten years or so, I’ve been collecting pictures of clothing and shoes I like from magazines and taping them into a scrapbook organized by jackets, shirts, skirts and so forth. Every so often, I go through the book and edit my choices. Since it’s an edited version of all the things I like, that have survived years of pruning, the book is now a solid representation of what my every day personal style is.
I realize this sounds OCD but like all people who live in small houses, we follow the “one in, one out” rule. I can’t get a new shirt unless one of my existing shirts needs to be replaced and I need to love it just as much. So I use my scrapbook to narrow down my choices before I get to the store to avoid the emotional trama of shopping and buying a mistake. And as a full-time working mother, I don’t have a lot of time to shop and if I have the Pumpkin in tow, it isn’t long before she starts to “remodel” the store. Having the book keeps me on target and in and out as fast as possible.