Wearing the same outfit every day?

I don’t know if I would say that I’ve ever had a particularly varied wardrobe. I’ve gone through several phases of style throughout my life, but during those phases, I feel like I’ve mostly worn whatever style of clothing I favored at the time.

Right now, I’m really favoring sweaters and leggings, which I’ve talked about in a previous post. It feels like a really comfortable uniform for my life at the moment. And who wants to be uncomfortable all day? Not me.

Another thing I’ve noticed about my wardrobe recently is that it’s gotten very monochromatic. I’ve always been a fan of the color black, at least since my goth/alternative phase in middle and high school. But even beyond the goth associations, I just feel like it’s the easiest and most flattering color to wear. I never feel uncomfortable when I’m wearing black. It also goes with pretty much every other color. I have a few items of clothing that have color, but mostly I wear a lot of black (also a fair amount of gray). This is really helpful when I’m deciding what to wear, because almost everything goes together. I rarely have to worry about my colors clashing anymore, since I have so few to begin with. It makes it so much easier to pick out clothes in the morning.

There are so many more important things to worry about in the day than what to wear. Don’t you think?

Alyss

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Vacation shopping!

I did plenty of shopping while I was on vacation, some of it for myself and some of it for other members of my family.

I already talked about the books that I bought in a previous post (you can see that here if you haven’t already), but I also bought a couple other random items. I got a really cute metal bracelet with a cat charm on it (shown below), and a little pig statue for my husband (this might seem strange, but it’s a little joke between him and me).

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As far as clothing goes, I got some new leggings and sweaters. I’m pretty excited about these, since as far as I’m concerned, you can never have too many of either of these. I even got a pair of leggings with a blue/purple space pattern (even though the picture looks mostly purple), which are pretty much the best thing ever. They’re really soft too.

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I also got two pairs of shoes. One is a pair of black ankle boots. I currently have a pair of black boots, but I’ve been wearing them a lot since I bought them more than a year ago, and they’re pretty beat up. This is my new pair, pictured below, and I’m really happy with them (which is good, since I’m a bit picky about boots).

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(photo courtesy of DSW, although I bought them at Marshalls)

The other shoes I bought are a pair of slip-on vans, which I didn’t strictly need, but are really cool. I haven’t had a pair of vans since high school, and I forgot how comfortable they are. These are the ones that I bought, and the pattern just felt very appropriate for me (sorry it’s a little bit hard to see in this picture, but if you’re interested in seeing a better picture, click on the link below).

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(photo courtesy of Vans)

I don’t do a lot of clothes shopping on my own anymore, because I don’t have a lot of expendable income. But it’s always fun to go shopping on vacation. I especially like to go shopping with my mother when I see her. It also helps that she tends to buy me things, which I really appreciate. This year, I specifically asked for her to take me out clothes shopping as my Christmas present. But it’s mostly good just to spend time together, and we always have a good time.

What fun things did you do over the holidays? I’d love to hear what you did in the comments.

Alyss

Can you ever have too many pairs of leggings?

I came late to the cult of leggings. For the longest time, I was one of those people who swore that leggings were not pants, and should not be worn as such. I might wear a pair of leggings with a skirt or dress, but never on their own. I was just never comfortable with the idea of all of my business being on display through thin, tight fabric.

But I still like to be comfortable. I don’t like a lot of pants and jeans because they’re tight and uncomfortable and unforgiving. So for the longest time, I wore a lot of skirts, dresses, tights, and stretchy jeans, because they were the most comfortable things I could find. They were also more in line with the way that I like to dress, which is reasonably modest. I’ve never been one to show a lot of skin, and tend to favor looser clothes.

Somehow though, I started to see the upside of leggings. I don’t have to dress very professionally on a daily basis, since I work in a public library. And they go great with a long sweater, which I’m a fan of. I still don’t wear them so that my business is on display, because that makes me uncomfortable. But as long as my butt is covered, I’m definitely on board with leggings. Really, there’s no reason not to be comfortable, and they look good too.

What do you think? Are you a fan of leggings or should they be for exercise only? Let me know in the comments.

Alyss

Changing your style

I think this is something that most people do throughout their lives, since different parts of our lives require different clothing and wardrobes. For myself personally, I know that I’ve changed my style several times throughout my life. I had the obligatory style changes throughout my adolescence, where I was intermittently trying to dress like everyone else and trying to find my own style. It made for some interesting outfits in pictures of me throughout my childhood.

Around late high school and college, I settled into the style I’ve had since then, which includes a lot of sweaters, skinny jeans, skirts, dresses, and tights. It’s hard to describe in a sentence, but think librarian (and this was before I even started working in a library!) meets hipster on tumblr. In college especially, I dabbled in high heels, but those were never for me.

More recently, I feel like I’ve been leaning much more casually, mostly because libraries are usually pretty casual places to work. So sometimes I just feel weird wearing dresses and high heels when no one else does. Not that it would stop me if I really wanted to, but lately I just haven’t wanted to.

My most recent clothing purchases have confirmed my commitment to a more casual style. I’ve bought a lot of leggings and loose, comfy sweaters. Maybe it’s not a huge change, but it definitely feels like a shift for someone who used to wear more skirts than pants. During this process, I’ve also gotten rid of a lot of old clothes that I never wear. So I guess there’s no going back now.

Have you ever had this kind of shift in style as an adult? What made you want to do it? Let me know in the comments.

Alyss