The Big Change

This morning I took some time to change out my summer clothes for my fall/winter ones. I’m always amazed at how many clothes I have and how often I think I have nothing to wear. Let’s face it, if I didn’t buy another piece of clothing for several years, I’m sure I’d still have plenty to wear. But that’s not the point. In order to look fashionable, I need variety in my closet. That goes for accessories and shoes too; especially shoes.

I did come to one important conclusion: I don’t need a variety of heels specifically to wear with jeans. Over the past few years, I’ve picked up a few pair of chunky heels to wear with jeans but I rarely wear them. If I’m at work, I wear boots and if we go out, I still wear boots. I got rid of all of them except the ones I really liked and had worn over and over again. I also don’t need as many brown dress shoes as I’ve accumulated. I remember, years ago, not being able to find nice brown shoes to wear to work (at the advertising agency). Fast forward to now and I suddenly have more pairs than I need. Again, I am keeping only the ones I really like.

I was also reminded that my wardrobe lacks color and pattern. I guess I’m just not a fan of prints (or color for that matter) so I tend to buy a lot of black, charcoal and chocolate. I have begun adding a few print shirts to go under my solid pieces, but I don’t see color invading my closet any time soon unless it’s in accessories. I just like my black too much! I have eased up on banishing navy from my closet and bought a pair of [navy cords](http://bananarepublic.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=21902&vid=1&pid=670871&scid=670871062) yesterday (with a coupon, of course). I think they will give my black pieces a fresh, modern look.

Going through my wardrobe also reminds me that while I love embracing trends, I need to stay focused on the pieces I truly love and the styles that appeal to me. Dresses just aren’t my thing no matter how hard I try. I keep a couple around for special occasions, but I’d rather wear pants. The motorcycle trend is appealing to me and has been for years because I love hardware on clothes to add a bit of interest. I don’t like ruffles, sheer fabrics, most silks or chunky sweaters. None of those things look good on me and none of them feel like my style. Guess I’m a little bit of a bad girl when it comes to my style!

Bottom line is that I’m finally beginning to figure out what I like rather than what the magazines say I should wear. I know, I know, I’m probably the last person to figure this out but at least I’m getting somewhere! Whatever your style, always remember it’s about QUALITY not QUANTITY. A great investment piece will always be worth the money in the long run.

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