Over the past few months, I've really begun to see how fashion can fall under the heading of "self-help," or at least self-care. I mean, when I actually make an effort to put an outfit together and do my makeup and wear clothes that I feel confident in, it usually makes for a happier day. When I was super depressed in 2013, I did not give two shits about how I looked and pretty much wore a uniform of jeans, a hoodie, combat boots, no make-up, and bitch face to work every day. Yeah, not a great look, and certainly not one that made me feel good about myself and my life. These days, I'm feeling much better on the inside and so I try to make sure the outside reflects that, keeping up the feel good-look good cycle.
My job, however, has basically no dress code (obv, considering my depression attire!), so as extra encouragement to not just throw on the first thing I see when I wake up, I've started taking pictures of my outfits, shoes, accessories, etc. Just because my job doesn't need me to look all cute and pulled together doesn't mean I can't do it myself! And I love a good creative outlet, so the photography aspect of this has been pretty fun too. :) Here are a few examples of how it's been going:
- Banana Republic turtleneck (2011) (similar)
- Rich and Skinny jeans (Plato's Closet in exchange for old clothes, 2014)
- Madden Girl boots (2011) (updated version, similar)
- Patagonia coat (2013) (similar)
- Mossimo hat (2013) (similar, similar)
I must say, this exercise of documenting when I purchased the things that I wear has been pretty comforting: I'm not buying everything in sight! I'm still wearing things I've had for a long time! Wooo hooo!