Last week I gave my sister and mother full access to my closet and asked that they pick out my outfits for two weeks. I have wanted to do something different with my style or at least be a little more explorative with my fashion choices for sometime. Even after going through the KonMari method of minimalism a few months ago, I would admit that my closet still has a lot of clothing options but inevitably I seem to always go for the same 10 outfits.
The actual inspiration for this challenge came from an article I read a while ago, where a mom let her toddler pick out her clothes. It was an adorable story and her style that week, was not surprisingly very different from her typical fashion choices. Since I don’t have access to a toddler and my dog is pretty much only motivated by food and could care less about clothes, I thought it would be fun to see what would happen if other people styled me.
My 2 Guest Stylists
My younger sister is a clothes horse. She takes solace in shopping trips, has stacks of fashion magazines and seems to always have an inherent understanding of what is ‘in fashion’. She is basically the polar opposite of me when it comes to style. But over the years my fashion has slowly morphed into hers, where she periodically clears out her closet for updated styles and subsequently fills my closet with her clothes that have lapsed a season or two. My sister looked at my closet like a puzzle to be solved, looking at patterns and prospective pieces that could best compliment one another.
My mother on the other hand is much more of a creature of comfort. She loves her Birkenstock sandals and comfortably fitted clothes. For my mom this was an opportunity to finally influence more color into my wardrobe. ‘You never wear any colors,’ she insisted as she made a bee-line for the pinks, greens and blues in my closet.
Week 1 Takeaways
- Jewelry and Accessories– From this first week there were some outfits that were pretty similar to my typical choices (a comfortable cotton dress and cardigan) but where that deviated was with lots of jewelry that almost never sees the light of day. The same outfit all of the sudden feels really different with a necklace and set of earrings.
- It’s just clothes– I think it is easy to get stuck in a rut for comfort and consistency. I am also guilty of feeling a little self conscious at the thought of going outside my comfort zone of style, so this week has been a nice reminder that style is supposed to be fun.