Do you wear the same outfits over and over? I do. A few months ago I blogged about dressing more my age to be taken more seriously. Well, since writing that post, I have kept up with dressing in snappy, sharp, put-together outfits, complete with accessories and more often than not, makeup. I leave the house feeling put-together and confident, and less like I grabbed the first thing I saw in my drawer, whether I wanted to wear it or not. It's gotten me a lot of compliments, and my favorite jewelry pieces have been getting a lot of love.
Dressing this way for me has led to a lot of outfit repeats. I find that if I wear and outfit and get a lot of compliments on it I am likely to wear it again because I know it looks good. But there is another reason I will wear an outfit often: because I am scared of trying something and having it not work. There's more to it than that: I'm worried I won't know I am a fashion don't until after I've made it to work or another destination, far from my closet and something to change into.
In the grand scheme of things, I know this is silly, and also, highly unlikely. It's also extremely self-centered of me (not to admit, self-conscious). Who cares about what I am wearing? For me, as long as it is comfortable, goes together reasonably well and looks good one me, why aren't I trying to mix it up more with my closet? Only I can change that.
Of course, there's also familiarity and ease of putting an outfit together in the morning. I value sleep, a lot. That is part of why it has taken me a long time to decide if I am running the Flying Pig Half Marathon again this year - I can't decide if I want to commit to pre-dawn runs again. Valuing sleep as much as I do means I am less likely to wake up a bit earlier to put together an outfit. It also means I am likely to put something together before bed, when I'm tired and just want to curl up beneath my fuzzy blanket. Putting together an outfit that I've worn before is easy, quick, and when I'm tired, ensures that I'll look my best without having to put in a lot of effort.
Typing that sentence, I realize it sounds lazy, and it is. Which is why I want to work to change that dynamic, repeat outfits less often (but not never, I don't have a lot of clothing to start with), and be more adventurous with the clothing that I have. I'm sure I'll end up a fashion don't, but with some quick thinking, I can make that less of an issue while out and about, break even MORE out of my clothing rut. Additionally, I can find new outfits that work and find new looks without buying anything new. I'm excited to see what fun combinations I can come up with.
What about you? Do you wear outfits over and over, or do you mix it up a lot?