Oh you all, I’m so happy that I’m not the only one with pieces in my closet that I don’t absolutely love. That makes me feel better, it really does. And it is inspiring me to get rid of even more of my clothes. Yes, really! (Wade thinks I’ve lost my mind. He may be right, it’s hard to tell.)
A really tightly edited closet can be scary — if you only have a couple dozen pieces, how does that work, exactly? Don’t you spend a lot of time repeating outfits? And won’t everyone notice? Yes, and yes. So is that something to worry about?
I don’t think so.
“I am looooving that pink blazer too,” Leslie says, “I can’t get it out of my head. But I keep wondering if it will be something that I truly wear all the time, or will I purposely not wear it because it is so distinctive (oh, she’s wearing that blazer AGAIN).” Leslie is on to something: when you opt for a distinctive piece, of any sort, people will remember it — but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
There’s no rule that says you can’t wear the same distinctive piece over and over, but somehow we’ve gotten the idea that this is a DON’T, probably because fashion magazines constantly tell us we need something new. Instead of continuously recreating yourself — which makes it hard to get dressed, especially for those unusual events — think about cultivating a distinctive look.
When you wear something often enough, people begin to associate it with you — in a good way, if you’re doing it right. I have a pair of pink silk flats that I’ve had for literally years. Every time I take them to a conference or retreat, someone says, “Oh I was hoping you would wear the pink flats!” Those shoes are famous now. I saw Maggie at Alt, and she told me that she had bought a vintage pair almost exactly like mine — and thought of me when she bought them. I love that.
How do you feel about distinctive pieces — could you commit to the pink blazer, or would you worry that people would remember it?