“I hate wedges! Luckily they aren’t IN right now anyway,” my friend Claire said to me a few weeks ago. “They aren’t!?,“ I replied, as I looked down sadly at my wedged feet. How did this happen?
My biggest fashion fear is that I would be one of those people, that when you see them on the street you say to yourself, “Uh, someone is still stuck in the 80’s!” Do you know what I mean? Those people who rock the same hairstyle, clothing style, or makeup that they wore 20 years ago, think it is still cool and that they are still 20 years younger. Well, I think I am turning into one of those people. For example, when doing my makeup I could do “cat eyes” or “wings” on the eyes everyday… “gettin wingy with it” as I like to call it (told you I was uncool), but that look can be a timeless look, so I am ok there. But when it comes to fashion, lately, I am at a loss!
This wasn’t always the case. Not that I ever claimed to be a fashionista…not at all. But at least I knew what was in and if I wasn’t wearing anything cool it was a conscious decision…unlike now where I am just lost in a sea of high wasted shorts (really?). You see, when I was pregnant I was one of those people who gained a ton of weight. This all led to me literally wearing the same 2 pants and 1 pair of yoga pants for the entirety of my pregnancy. I wasn’t one of those “cute” pregnant people who can remain fashionable while rocking the bump. By the end, one of the pants had a huge whole in the leg from over-use so I wore yoga pants. And my swollen feet could only fit into boots so I rocked the classic yoga pants/UGG boot combo (which a co-worker told me is SO early 2000’s…along with jean skirts and UGG boots…I know, I am just as shocked as you are). Anyway, I am sure a part of my lack of fashion was due to the fact that I didn’t see the point in spending money on clothes that I wouldn’t wear forever, and needed to save that money to pay for baby expenses. All this getting ready for baby led to me losing touch with fashion and what is “cool.”
So now that my belly is not the size of a watermelon and I am back to a more “Normal” life, body and routine, I can’t help but want to go shopping and be “cool” again. But every time I have gone to the stores I feel a bit overwhelmed. I feel like I am so behind in just the basics of what is cool that buying one or two statement pieces would look just silly on my pants that are 3 years old. (As a sidenote, the only pants I have are skinny…is skinny still in?). So instead I just keep rockin the same clothes, accept hand me downs from friends that are trying to make me cool, and buy a few things every now and again. I haven’t really dived into being cool full throttle because A) money but B) being uncool really doesn’t bother me all that much. This isn’t to say that I am not taking care of myself or “letting myself go,” but that I am ok with my style and don’t need to worry about adopting all the latest and greatest trends.
Let me leave you with this great quote from my very fashionable friend Karla Reed: “If you love it, and it looks good on you, then it will never go out of style.”
There is something freeing about saying, “I like my style, whatever that is.”