Last week I went to an (incredible) worship concert with Jonathan and Melissa Helser, and Holy Spirit used the opportunity of his closeness to remind me of important aspects of our collective identity. The one I have been most recently dwelling on is the aspect of creativity. Most of this information is coming out of a book named Cultivate, which the Helsers helped to write, and I strongly recommend it to each of you! It is a beautiful reminder of your inherent identity as creative people.
Reading the book, and it's powerful belief that every human has an embedded ability to be creative, made me remember why I love fashion so much - it's a unique, everyday form of creativity. One of the downfalls of fashion, though, is that it can be overwhelming because of how expansive it can be. So, I decided to create a to-do list of sorts, in order to help you (and I) work out our fashionably creative sides.
~Identify a Color Palette~
Do you prefer all neutrals, or do you have a soft spot for bright blues and greens? Whatever the case may be, finding out what colors you like is a great place to start. And as you begin to choose clothes out of that color palette, make sure they will match each other! Having a pair of green corduroy pants and a bright blue blouse can be great, but they may not look awesome together - so be careful!
~Breakdown Your Fashion Needs~
It's very important that you own the clothes you are actually going to need to wear, so breakdown exactly what sorts of activities you do in an average week, and what kinds of outfits you will need for those activities. For example, if you work an office job, you shouldn't have exclusively workout clothes in your closet. But if you are a student and can dress casually every day, that's totally fine (although it may be a good idea to have a few office-appropriate outfits ready to go). As a jumping off point, some the most prevalent outfit varieties include:
- Includes office-appropriate wear, such as blazers and modest black dresses.
- This can be as fancy or as casual as you need - it depends on you! Oftentimes includes sneakers, jeans, and casual blouses.
- This will be what you wear running, or to the gym!
- Night Out
- These outfits will be what you wear to a nice dinner with friends or a date. Your night out clothing can overlap with your professional outfits, but usually includes a fun twist!
It's unlikely most lists like this would include jewelry as an entire category, but I think it makes a world of difference! A statement earring versus a quaint hoop (like what I'm wearing here) can make all the difference in an outfit. My favorite way to figure out what I like is to go on Pinterest and browse. Start pinning all of the things you like to one board, and after a bit you an peruse the board to get a feel for you overall preferences (I have a board like this for fashion, too). Oftentimes people prefer gold over silver, or have an affinity for a certain size or shape of a stone. You can also figure out if you would rather wear statement earrings or dainty necklaces (or both!) Once you have an idea of your specific preferences, go shopping! Online jewelry shopping is awesome, too, because you don't have to try things on like you do with pants or shoes. My favorite online jewelry store is BaubleBar. 🙂
Once you've laid the groundwork for the previous three things, the only thing left to do is start pairing things together! Don't be afraid to try new things - worst comes to worst, it'll only last for a day and you'll learn something about yourself (and pro-tip : if you're feeling iffy about an outfit, wear it out anyway but bring a spare). You'll never know if those bright purple earrings will go with your neck scarf if you don't try it out. And although it can be very helpful to wear it out in order to get a more concrete idea of how you feel about an outfit, a lot of this mixing and matching can take place in the privacy of your own room (hello full length mirror)!
The most important thing to remember is to have fun. Fashion is an awesome, unique form of creativity that can be married to our idea about our identity, so it shouldn't be confined to steadfast rules and immovable opinions. If you're having a good time putting on clothes and enjoying them throughout the day, you're doing it absolutely right.