Today I want to revisit style lessons learned, or as Grandma Gibbons used to say, “we don’t need to wear that again.”
Having read Marie Kondo’s earthshaking (it seems!) book about tidying, I am more conscious of the phrase “it sparks joy.” Although I enjoyed the book, I have not done a thorough clean-out of my home. We’re fairly minimal right now, living in about 1300 square feet with no storage and only a mini garage for the car. I have about 60 pieces of clothing on hangers, and likely another 50 or so pieces: tees, underthings, workout wear, jeans and shoes. So I’m well-equipped but far from a hoarder (that TV show makes me want to scrub the ceilings).
I often ask the question at the heart of Ms. Kondo’s book – “does this spark joy?” – when handling my clothing. It helps when shopping too, to choose only the pieces that make my heart flutter. Ms. Kondo advises when we say goodbye to our donated clothing, we thank it for what it taught us, even if that lesson is: “we never need to wear you again.” I’ve been inspired to look back at some of my non-joy-sparking outfits, to learn from them.
Here are a few, along with the lessons I’ve learned. There’s no embarrassment or shame here, fashion is about experimenting and should be fun. And some looks just don’t need to be repeated. And these are just me: you wear whatever moves you.
Do you have some departed clothing that taught you a style lesson?
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