How to deal with wardrobe boredom. Do you ever get the urge to toss your whole closet and start over? I mean, just a fantasy: a clean slate, an empty closet, a couple extra thousand $$ in hand?
I get this urge now and then, and I interpret it as a symptom of 1) spoiled, consumerist American disorder; and 2) boredom with my wardrobe.
There are times when a completely new wardrobe is called for, but I’ve never experienced these events: big changes in weight, natural disasters, airlines losing all my luggage. So my closet has edged forward incrementally, adding and subtracting each month, and mostly getting better over time.
I’m not a fickle person by nature. I’ve had the same loveable guy in my life for thirty years, and I worked at the same rewarding job for almost twenty. My kitty is now age 16 and I hope to have her several more years. But clothing — I want something different!
Since money is (always) an issue, how do you deal with your craving for novelty, wardrobe-wise? This is what I do, until that mysterious benefactor’s check arrives:
- Study your favorite blogs/IGs for new ideas. 40 Plus Style has a wealth of creative looks. Sheila of Ephemera and Catherine of Not Dressed As Lamb show imaginative ways to re-work their clothing.
- Troll the thrifts, naturally. I look for pieces I wouldn’t have normally bought in “serious” shopping trips. Like my Anthropologie white cotton blouse with 70’s lapels, below. I try to not exceed $15 for any of my experimental items.
- Wear surprising shoes. I’ve been living in sneakers throughout the pandemic. But I’ve added a pair of red high-tops and a comfortable blush pink pair. And I love them to pieces.
- Experiment with your jewelry philosophy. I went from loving multiple pendants to eschewing necklaces altogether and wearing cuffs. I found a pair of pearl studs while cleaning out my jewelry, and wore them for two weeks straight, no danglers. We’re due for a change-up soon.
- Buy some makeup. My hair doesn’t lend itself to experimentation; it is what it is and resists change. But I like a new wig or a new makeup color, like my creamy blush in Peony. New fab lipstick find: Glossier Sheer Matte Lipstick.
And I remind myself that wardrobe boredom is not really a life problem. Life itself is not boring and I am fortunate to have so much to contemplate and work on. But fantasies are fun.
“I would rather die of passion than of boredom.”–Vincent van Gogh
Care to share any of your clothing boredom-busters?
Stay fabulous, xo
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