Dressing for Me

So I have a confession to make. I am a really bad shopper. Not in the sense that I shop too much (although that’s probably true as well), but because I am an impulsive shopper. I go to the mall on my lunch break, go to the clearance section of my so-called favorite store, and look through clothing I don’t need. Then I end up buying one thing because its ‘cute’ and on sale, and waste money on something that might not even fit in with the rest of my closet.

Well friends, no more. This year I decided that from now on, I am going to dress for me. When I first told my husband this, he was confused. “But you already dress how you want to.” And yet, the truth is that I wasn’t. Instead of having my own style, I have a lot of differing clothing fabrics, patterns, and styles; many of which don’t even work together.

My true style is much more feminine and vintage than I usually dress. My favorite color is pink, and yet I only own 3 pink items of clothing whereas black dominates my wardrobe. Thus moving forward, I want to shop more consciously and only buy things that 1) I need 2) I truly love and 3) Are of quality.

This sweater (which is currently on sale) was the first thing I purchased since making this decision, mainly because I loved the pastel colors and it felt very well made. Granted, I didn’t need it, so I obviously still have some work to do. Either way, here’s to shopping smarter!

If you are interested in re-inventing your wardrobe, I highly recommend The Curated Closet: A Simple System for Discovering Your Personal Style and Building Your Dream Wardrobe by Anuschka Rees. It’s super helpful and offers a step by step process of how you can create your style in the way YOU want. I read it but only got to Step 1 last year, so this year I plan on re-reading and completing the steps. If you would like me to write more posts about this journey (as in, 1 for each of the steps), let me know below!



  1. Dennis Manhart
    January 17, 2018 / 10:35 pm

    I love your posts and your desire to grow smarter and more self controlled! Your poses in the article are feminine, not girly girl but well thought out! We love keeping up with your meanderings!

  2. Bee
    January 19, 2018 / 12:03 pm

    I love this!! Super inspiring message on decluttering your closet and shopping smarter. I need to read this everytime before I go shopping! 😅

    • Madeline
      January 19, 2018 / 12:05 pm

      Thank you! And I need to also 😂

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