April 21, 2012

My Style Adventure, part 1


This post is the first of what I’m hoping will be something of a series, though I’m not sure how many parts it will include. I’m sort of calling it ‘my style adventure’ as it is based around ideas of fashion and I hope you’ll join me for the duration.

From a young age, I loved clothes and dressing up. I believe we are all born with some kind of personal style even if everyone doesn’t share the same love of fashion.

Because of my lack of confidence in the area of fashion in more recent years (or possibly lack of effort), lately my clothing choices haven’t really been what I would call an expression of my personal style. I’m not even sure I’ve ever fully known how to express that style through fashion.

Part of my problem has been that I have gotten in a bad habit of buying whatever clothes I could find that happened to be a) my size and b) on sale ….not thinking at all about what they might express or how they would make me feel.

Then last summer I stumbled upon a new healthier way of eating and through that experience, have gained new confidence in the realm of fashion. My dilemma? I have a closet full of clothes that I can’t figure out how to wear in a way that really speaks about who I want to be. So I end up wearing the same three or four outfits all the time, “saving” other items for some special occasion down the road and feeling pretty much uninspired every day when it’s time to get dressed.

Instead of brushing this off as trivial or settling for a lifetime of boring outfits, I decided to call on a professional. My friend Brianna Lamberson is a fashion stylist extraordinaire as well as a health coach, artist, writer and champion encourager. I’ve seen enough of her stylings on display at the consignment boutique she manages to know she could help me.

Mind you, I don’t want to copy her style (or anyone else’s). I just want some help in the form of a fresh perspective and Brianna is someone who can offer that. We had our initial consultation to discuss things last week (more on that in a coming post) and I’m so excited already. Who knows what this style adventure of mine will bring!

Have you ever found yourself stuck in a style rut? If fashion isn’t your thing, what other ways do you express the beautiful person God made you to be? Have you ever sought the help of a professional when you didn’t think you could make any progress on your own? I’d love to hear your thoughts!