I thought I'd share with you all a little update on what week number one in my forty-for-fall challenge looked like, mirror-self-portrait style.
I know it's only been a little over a week, but I'm over the moon in love with this challenge. I've already said this once, but this whole thing has been way too much fun. Getting dressed in the morning is a breeze--I know what I have and pretty much all of it will work together. So the excitement comes with experimenting in different ways...wearing a pair of shoes that aren't as matchy-matchy as I would have normally picked, layering different fabrics and textures, playing more and more with lip colors and hair styles. I've discovered that when I don't have to focus solely on my outfit, I'm enjoying the whole experience of getting dressed so much more.
Oddly enough, I'm now opting for a spritz of perfume more often as well? I usually forego a daily spray, but I'm having fun picking and choosing different scents (that have probably been sitting on my wardrobe for far too long) for different days.
And when I'm finally all put together and ready to go, I always love how I look. There are usually a few days out of the week when I feel like a top doesn't fit right, or a shoe looks weird with a certain style of jeans, and while that doesn't leave me feeling utterly self-conscious, my mind does keep tugging at the off-kilter annoyance throughout the day. Not once since I've started my challenge has this been an issue. I know I love how all of the pieces I've chosen look on me. I don't have to worry about making a too-small skirt work for the sake of a color scheme. Every piece of clothing I'm reaching for, I adore.
I'm also finding myself in the same uniform over and over again. Even if that uniform is just a chic t-shirt and jeans, at least I know what I like. And when I stick to what I enjoy wearing, I feel like I have an all together more cohesive sense of style, instead of wearing a radically different outfit every day of the week.
There have been a few times when I wish I would have switched out some items for others. A nice blazer is an always-must that I'm missing, a chunky knit sweater could have easily been exchanged for one of my crew necks. But I suppose that's what this challenge is all about: really taking stock of what I have, what I want, and what I need.