It seems like lots of bloggers have been taking breaks lately. It makes sense–the holidays can leave you exhausted and yearning for some relaxation. And it’s a whole new year, the perfect time to reflect on what you’re going to make of the next twelve months.
Like many of you, I spent a few weeks taking stock, which of course includes Mox and Socks. Ever since I started this blog, something seemed off. Not the photography; I’ve learned to become a decent photographer in the last two years. Not the subject matter; I’m a good writer. No, it was something more fundamental–the clothes.
We as style bloggers struggle more with the identity of our clothes than anyone else. Our clothes mean more because we want them to mean more. Sometimes it’s difficult to figure out what exactly we want to say, and I’ve had that problem for years.
I never really understood why I didn’t like most of my outfits. I had all kinds of rules governing how I chose my clothes, and I thought those rules would make me happy. When they didn’t, I started to copy other people, trying to capture whatever it was that made their outfits stand out.
It took me ages, but I learned some key points that helped me figure out what my style was. A Clothes Horse’s outfits won’t look right on me because they’re not me. But this outfit? She’d never wear it, but it feels exactly right on my body.
In a few days, I’ll recap some of the things I learned in putting together a new wardrobe for myself. I hope that if you’re having problems with the things in your closet, I can help.
I’ve collaborated with thredUP again, and that site has been invaluable in helping me rebuild and refine my closet. They had all of the basics I needed plus lots of unusual statement pieces, like this beaded cardigan. (Side note: that thing is so heavy that my back still hurts–worth it!) thredUP is literally the only company I can think of that offers (by definition) ethically-sourced petite clothing, so I feel really good about adding to my closet with the things I’ve found there, plus I know they’re going to fit me.
If you’ve never shopped with thredUP before, I have a little goody for you. You can get 50% off your first-time purchase on their selection of Free People clothing using the code FREEPEOPLE50. It’s good for up to $50 off! So go on, check it out!