I ain’t no fashion blogger.
Seriously. I have one style. Straightforward. Choose a top, choose pants that match (or at least don’t clash), choose shoes, throw on a coat (usually – I’m a Melburnian, after all) and walk out the door.
Sometimes – maybe – I’ll do something more with my hair than just throw it back in a ponytail. Sometimes – rarely – I might even attempt make-up.
So why on earth do I take a photo of my outfit every day, and participate in Styling You‘s #everydaystyle?
It’s pretty simple, really. I do it for all of the reasons I just listed. I don’t feel like I have style. I don’t make an effort. Or I didn’t. I’m getting there.
Before I started playing along with #everydaystyle, I had five or six outfits that I just rotated. I had a work wardrobe that had lain dormant for four-and-a-half years, a special occasion wardrobe that scored a quick glance from time to time, and a whole heap of clothing I didn’t bother looking at because I was pregnant/had just had a baby/was breastfeeding/wasn’t back to pre-bub weight/was trying to conceive/was pregnant for the second time and MUCH bigger/had just had a baby/was breastfeeding/had given up on ever getting back to pre-bub weight.
And I had tracksuit pants. Good old reliable tracksuit pants that I’d wear on days we didn’t have concrete plans. Which was most days.
Now, I can’t remember the last time I wore my tracksuit pants. And while this might not sound like a big deal, I find that avoiding the trackies and making (some sort of) an effort every day impacts on those days in a few ways.
It stops me from saying ‘I can’t be bothered changing’ or ‘I can’t be bothered putting something else on’ if I’m invited somewhere at the last minute or if my kids want to go out.
|“You want to go to the park? Great idea! Let’s go!”|
In fact, it makes me seek new things to do with the kids every day, because when you get out of the stay-at-home mentality, you get out of the home.
|“We’ve just been invited over for a play. Let’s go!”|
It makes me look at my wardrobe. At everything in my wardrobe. Things that were reserved for special occasions are worn more often. Things that were always paired with certain tops and bottoms find new mates. Things that I thought didn’t fit either do fit (surprise!), fit in different ways or can be given to charity instead of being kept ‘just in case’.
|This jumper was in the ‘won’t fit me for years’ pile.|
It makes me feel like part of a community. Those who participate in #everydaystyle range from the fabulously fashionable super special sparkly fashion bloggers to those who tag their pics with #notafashionblogger. And everyone in between.
And, shallow as it may sound, it just makes me feel better. I know it probably shouldn’t and I should just feel 100% totally gorgeously smoking HAWT all the time, no matter what I’m wearing, but I don’t. Of course I don’t. Does anyone?
I also know that I could just do this anyway, without posting the evidence. But I’m a girl who needs to be held accountable to something to make it stick. If I have to post the proof online, I’ll make the effort. I can even have fun with it and post the ‘please tell me you’ve stopped taking photos now’ out-takes.
So I play along. I used to play along on Facebook, and post weekly montages of the previous week’s outfits. Now I’ve joined Instagram (trendsetter alert!), so I post the pics there daily.
I’m still no fashion blogger. I’m not really really ridiculously good looking, and I can’t tell you what’s so hot right now (except that damn Hansel). But I can tell you something that’s always in fashion. And that’s feeling good about yourself and what you’re wearing. Even if your style hasn’t changed much from straightforward. (Choose a top, choose pants that match, choose shoes and walk out the door.)
There you have it. Just some of the reasons I participate in #everydaystyle. Thank you, Nikki from Styling You, for making me feel just a little bit better about how I present myself to the world every day.
Do you participate in #everydaystyle? Why or why not?