What portion of your closet consists of garments you like, but seldom wear? Are you storing a party dress that never seems to match the party or a vibrant shirt you can’t quite muster up the confidence to wear to work?
Your wardrobe challenge this week is to find the right occasion for an under-used gem.
You can go about this in one of two ways:
- Organize an occasion that suits the outfit (e.g. take your significant other to a formal restaurant, visit a hip art gallery where you’ll feel at home in creeper shoes and mixed prints) OR …
- Be bolder in your choices. Inch out of your comfort zone by wearing something in your regular life that you’ve been reserving for an ever-illusive occasion. Don’t compromise appropriateness (especially at work), but take a risk in terms of standing out or stretching your personal style.
This is my personal never-the-right-occasion dress. With a high neckline and a fitted shift silhouette, I view it as more professional than formal. The shoulder detail, however, is quite dramatic and might come off a bit too prissy at work.
I’ve often thought this would be the perfect dress to wear to a work-related event or banquet, but I haven’t found the right occasion to do so for more than a year. Thing is, I love the dress. It’s crisp, polished and very well made. As I work in a business-flexible environment with a very fashion-forward manager, I think it’s time to wear it to work and determine, once and for all, if this piece compliments my current lifestyle.
How will this challenge improve your personal style? Many women have the habit of buying fabulous pieces they leave unworn in the back of their closets. Sometimes our purchasing habits and dressing style are out of alignment; we buy clothes for their symbolic attributes even though they have low utility in our life.
Conversely, sometimes we purchase inspiring clothing that would work great with our lifestyles and desired image, but, come Monday morning, we’re not up to the challenge of drawing attention to ourselves or revealing our true personality.
By challenging yourself to wear these fabulous pieces in your real life, you just may expand your sense of self, realizing that you’re even more fabulous and fashion forward than you gave yourself credit for. Alternatively, if wearing these clothes in public sends you running for the nearest shelter and aching for your favourite jeans, it’s a clear sign your making symbolic purchases that aren’t true to your authentic sense of style.
Are you taking this weekly wardrobe challenge? I would LOVE to hear from you! Please share your experience and tell me how it goes!
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