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I talk a lot of my style’s evolutionary journey and my pursuit of perfection in a curated wardrobe. Towards the end of 2011 I had never felt better about my style and expected this sentiment to continue to grow as I moved into 2012. But circumstances change and I’ve come to realise I’m floundering in the most unexpected of ways. Getting dressed every day was a joy, but it has become again a burden. It crept up insidiously, first a gentle nagging but soon a daily dejection. How did it come to be and why is it so?
No, it is not like before; where I was unhappy with what I had made available to myself – quite on the contrary. I have diagnosed my dejection and found that I’m feeling so unsatisfied with my wardrobe right now because I’m rarely ever wearing it. Lately my time is taken up largely with either uni or my casual job. I wear the same thing every day to uni and feel like a slob because I have so few workshop-appropriate ensembles. I wear the same thing every day to work and feel bored because I’m sartorially stifled by my uniform.
Some women can make a t-shirt and jeans look exquisitely chic, but on me it is a look of defeat. My beautiful curated wardrobe sings to me; begging to be worn — but by my day off I am tired. Conquered. No energy or desire left to make an effort. If my style is an evolution then it is good to remember that survival is only for the fittest; and it is plain to see I am simply not surviving as I once was.
I have always made jewellery but it is only in the last 9 months that I’ve been working more frequently with all kinds of chemicals and machinery. Since I plan on doing this for the rest of my life I seems clear to me that in order to survive the next stage of my evolution, I need to make my workshop wardrobe my priority when considering future purchases.
I imagine that re-educating myself on how to shop for this stage will be a challenge. I remain dedicated to my style, and now must find a way to channel that into a more practical collection of garments fit for this new lifestyle. It may mean giving up some of what I own to make room for what I need (check out what I am currently selling here).
Have you had a lifestyle change that required a new wardrobe? How did you handle the transition and how long was it before you felt comfortable again?