A/W Style Switch Up
I’ll be honest, proper winter dressing is completely foreign to me. Although I complained about winter in Sydney every year, Toronto is on a whole other level, and it’s still technically autumn! In Sydney I would essentially wear my summer clothes with a pair of tights and a coat over the top, but that doesn’t really fly over here, so I finally understand the need to have distinctly different summer and winter wardrobes. In the interest of literally not freezing to death, I’ve had to push myself to try some new things when it comes to my personal style because Toto, we’re not in Kansas anymore! What this means is most of my style “uniforms” that I’ve been relying on are pretty new to me, and they definitely aren’t things that I was wearing last year.
My Summer Wardrobe Essentials
There have been a lot of changes in my life this year that have had an impact on what I’ve been wearing, but ultimately I’m feeling far more inspired style-wise than I have been in years. I wrote about being in a style rut and not having a suitable work wardrobe for the job I was in, but now that I’ve moved countries and am working in an industry that doesn’t have a dress code, it’s a completely different story. I know it's a bit late for S/S content since we’re definitely in autumn now, but I thought it would still be fun to do a recap of what I was into during the warmer weather, and I know this will still be relevant for anyone in the southern hemisphere as it warms up for you guys (jealous!).
A Curated Wardrobe: My Way
The notion of having a curated wardrobe, decluttering your possessions, and adopting a minimalist lifestyle is getting more and more popular in the online world these days, and for a long time I didn't pay much attention because I thought it wasn't for me. Although I agreed with it all in theory and I can appreciate it on an aesthetic level, I also love displaying sentimental bits and pieces on my walls and in my living space, and I have never once found myself daydreaming about a monochrome capsule wardrobe made up of 30 pieces of clothing. It always seemed like there were too many rules you had to follow that don't fit with my lifestyle or personal tastes.
But after looking into it in greater depth and following some great bloggers and YouTubers for a while, I can see that actually, there are no rules, and that it's up to you to adapt the principals of minimalism to your life in a way that works for you, not the other way around. You don't have to be come a hardcore minimalist who counts everything they own and turns it into their whole life. You don't even have to feel comfortable with calling yourself a minimalist, but you can incorporate elements of the lifestyle at your own pace and see where it takes you.
On Being in a Style Rut
It's taken me a while to realise it, but I've finally come to accept that I'm in the middle of a style rut. I wanted to write about it not just because it might resonate with any of you, but also because you might have some help or advice for me and I'd love to start some conversation. I feel like I'm finally getting through the halfway point and I'm starting to take control and make my way to where I want to be. I know there are far, far greater problems to have in life, but for me and for many people, getting dressed every day is a form of self expression and being in a rut is just like any other creative outlet, so it's pretty shit when when you feel like you've lost your mojo.