Jacob Dress (c/o)
I've had a few conversations with some friends of mine, who also happen to have blogs, about our wardrobes. I used to blame my blog on my overly stuffed closet but let's be honest, I've loved shopping and have spent far too much money on clothes since I started working. I've changed my shopping habits in the last few years because my priorities changed and my closet is still bursting. I now know the problem isn't the amount I shop, it's what I shop for.
All I can blame on having a blog is that I have purchased too many pieces of clothing with my blog in mind. Things that I barely wear but that I felt would make an outfit that much more exciting when I did wear them. Or trends I wouldn't normally want to wear but I thought would be good for the blog. I feel like I already re-wear a lot of my clothes but If I wasn't photographing my outfits I would probably "remix" even more. I would have a closet full of pieces that I loved and those disposable pieces that I am sick of quickly would be really rare.
I feel this pressure to blog a certain amount or to show a certain amount of variety in the pieces I wear and it's been weighing on me for a while. The majority of you have never made me feel this way, there have only ever been a few comments making reference to wearing a certain item too often, it's a pressure I've put on myself.
I can't keep worrying about having something new and exciting to wear and photograph. It's ridiculous that I've put these expectations on myself and really unrealistic. I can love style and I can love getting dressed without needing such excess in my closet.
I am going to wear what I love and what inspires me. Sometimes it will be outfits I wear when I'm going out (which is the majority of what I post now) and sometimes it's going to be the jeans and t-shirts I wear to run errands.
I already feel like the outfits I post have a lot of repeated pieces and I have this fear of boring all of you. I just really need my blog to suit my life right now. I feel like I've lost why I started blogging (which might bring me to write an entirely different post soon on that topic) and I think taking the pressure off and just going back to basics is really what I need. I want my blog to be a realistic representation of my life and the outfits I wear so it can (hopefully) inspire other women who have budgets and need to use what's already in their closets.
It was this red trench that brought me to finally bring up these thoughts with all of you. I bought it with some birthday money and I adore it. I think the colour and cut are perfect and I plan on wearing it a lot. I actually considered not buying it because I knew that a red trench would be really obvious if I posted it too much. I contemplated buying a coat I didn't love instead of a coat I thought was beautiful because it would be easier to re-wear without you guys noticing. It was this blogger's version of hitting rock bottom.
/end rant. Phew! Thank you so much for letting me get that off my chest! It has been on my mind for so long and the idea of talking about it really stressed me out, but it was nothing a jumbo bag of m&m's couldn't fix. Do any of you feel this way? I'd love to hear your thoughts.