JAMES PERSE leggings
SPLENDID layers long sleeve shirt
ZADY wool sweater | 100% sourced & made in the US
RAG & BONE Aston booties
CASLON (Nordstrom) jacket | mine is an older style
JAS M.B. Bag
Everlane laptop sleeve
MADEWELL scarf | sort of similar
WARBY PARKER Webb frames
After I made the decision, resolution, goal, whatever, to set aside time to write non-“work” related stuff every day, it hit me quickly how unrealistic that was…
- I wrote a lot of content most days last week, and by the time I am “finished” for the day, I don’t want to write anymore
- I LIKE to write about “work”-related stuff
So I decided instead, that I would make time on the weekends to write, because I don’t “work” on the weekends. I also wanted to do my “extra-curricular” writing somewhere else, besides home, for a change of scenery.
I sought out coffee shops that looked interesting and decided to go to a local (very large) independent bookstore in Dallas to sit and work for a while. And wore basically what I was wearing at home, just switching out my UGG boots and adding a jacket.
It turns out, it wasn’t as interesting as I thought it was going to be, and the atmosphere left a lot to be desired, but I was incredibly productive. I sat for an hour with some peppermint tea and wrote a lot. About clothes. See…I just can’t NOT write about clothes & personal style. It’s impossible. I tried, but everything I think and want to write about comes back to personal style, perceptions, why we buy/wear what we wear, etc., etc.,
And I’m not going to fight it. That’s what I love, and that’s what I want to write about, so I will.
While I was sitting there and getting ready to leave, I thought for a second since it’s so close to the mall I like to go to, I could pop in to Nordstrom (I desperately need new underwear). But then I realized what I was wearing. And that it’s not something I would choose to wear “shopping;” definitely not something I would wear to NorthPark mall.
Which led my thinking back around to why we (I) wear what we wear, and how occasion, circumstance, weather, and people affect our sartorial choices. I’m a practical dresser, always. I want to be able to walk and be comfortable in whatever I’m wearing. But, I also want to look somewhat stylish & modern, “dressed” appropriately, and I use occasions, like going shopping, as reasons to wear something I wouldn’t normally wear to just run errands.
It’s normal for people to have somewhat segmented wardrobes, depending on the stage of life they’re in. If you go to an office, you probably wear something different to work than what you wear at home, or on the weekend. If you’re a new mom, you’ll wear something different than you’d wear as your children get older.
I don’t have that segmentation, so I create it. What I wear to sit and write at the bookstore is different than what I wear to go shopping (or at least walk around) at an upscale mall. Not that I absolutely wouldn’t have gone to the mall if I really wanted to anyway. But it was an interesting “aha” moment…
I realize all of this may sound silly to a lot of people, but I have a feeling many of you understand. Do you ever have a moment of spontaneity and realize you’re not quite dressed for it?