Ok, sorry for the pun! I couldn't resist! I've been thinking recently about clothing. And, about how it reflects on who I am: my personality, my values. But, this is an area I struggle with. I'm not really good at fashion - and shopping takes time which is a precious commodity to everyone.
Mrs. Wilt has been talking a lot about modesty lately. And, while I am definitely looking for clothing that is modest, I'm having a harder time finding clothing that I think reflects my personality. Some of the colors and styles I saw at the mall this week just won't work for me!
I find that I often settle for something I don't love or doesn't look super on me because I have to have something or just don't think I have the time to keep looking.
I'm sure that we all could name at least one way we think we are hard to fit - who goes in and just finds the perfect thing quickly that fits great, is flattering and a good style right off?!
I am not an advocate of comparing ourselves to others. But, when I was out with my littles one day last week at lunch - a bunch of moms came in from a Bible Study. I quickly noticed how they were dressed and how I felt, um, under dressed or under styled. Now, I am not saying this because I think I need to go out and spend tons of money on a super fashionable wardrobe. But, what I noticed about how they were dressed is that their clothing was so suited to each one of them. A couple of them I already knew by face/name and I was just really impressed by all the different clothing choices and how they were really fitting for each of the ladies. Their clothing added to who they were by the colors that looked good on them or a style that was flattering (lest you think they were all in perfectly coordinated outfits, one mom was wearing jeans and a t-shirt - but it still looked great!) I certainly could not have said that about myself that day.
All of this got me to thinking - why am I not more intentional about my clothing? Why do I settle for something less than best? And, so I am purposing to be more careful about my purchases making sure that they fit my criteria.
What is my criteria?
* Flattering color and style (I like the vintage look, I know - big surprise! But, I find that I'm occasionally drawn to other things as well - a variety is fine!)
Now, while I am looking for clothing that is affordable, I will say that I do think there will come a time where paying a little more would be worth it. When clothing that fits all of the above is hard to find - sometimes it will be worth paying a bit more to achieve these goals.
I'd love to hear from you on this!
Where do you purchase your clothing? I'm really interested in learning about new sources because the traditional department store often isn't my style. I love this one that Mrs. Wilt shared!
Do you have your clothing altered to fit when you find something you like? For someone petite like me where even petites are too long waisted, I have had things altered in the past but it has been a long time. Maybe I should revisit this.
What are your standards or criteria when looking for clothing?
My Mom was just telling me about a lady in their city who does personal shopping. She takes into account your size, colors, style and goes shopping for you. All you have to do is go to the dressing room and try on what she has picked out to make decisions. Seriously, that sounds like it would be worth doing at least once, think of all you could learn from an experience like this! Have any of you ever tried this?
Any ideas on developing our own sense of fashion? What is right for our personality, body size, budget, colors, etc...
Ok, please share all the scoop on how you choose clothing. I'd love to hear your thoughts.
In addition to everything mentioned above, I know that the way I dress reflects on my husband, sets an example (positive or negative) for my children, and ultimately may affect someone's opinion of Christ. This is certainly not an area to be taken lightly!