Top- Loft outlet
Cardigan- Ann Taylor via Ebay
Shoes- Charlotte Russe
Today's outfit was insprired by the bracelet. ETA: wow, I need to iron this shirt! Just realized it's a mess.
When dressing in the morning, there are some things that really limit my style possibilities. To be clear, I don't think it is necessary to have a lot of items in your closet to look put together or fashionable. In fact, the opposite is usually true- the more variety, the easier it is to get stuck wearing something that doesn't work, or not looking very cohesive day-to-day. But I have made a lot of choices that limit me- some due to impulse buying (see the other day's post on impulse buys), and some due to intellectual choices.
For one, I have chosen the wrong footwear over and over again. It's like I am developmentally behind in the shoe department, which I am very aware is important for any basic wardrobe. For example, I have a pair of burgundy stilleto (well, close) ann taylor pumps. I have been unable to style them, and they are not comfy. The color doesn't work with 95% of what I have. I also have a pair of clunky cork wood/black patent sandles I have worn 1x. As for things I could actually use? Not many. It's pretty sad. I need to learn how to pick shoes that I need and will work well in my wardrobe. There are lots more examples I could give you- like my belts. I own two belts that fit ok- and neither are simple, so they don't work in most outfits. Or my overabundance of cardigans (many of which are too boxy for my shape or too small) that really gets me stuck in a 'uniform'.
Another example is the choices that I have made intentionally. I refuse to buy leggings, jeggings, or anything of the sort. I think they are absolutley unprofessional, no matter how they are done. And I don't think they qualify as pants or psudo-pants. This limits some of my possibilities with styling, but I am 100% fine with that. I could be more open about it and try it for my weekend wear, but I'm just not ready to go there (and doubt I ever will be). Another example would be my disinterest in purses. I have 1 big tote I use for school, and a little purse that is so worn out I almost never use it. Bags are supposed to be a part of the 'look', and I fail in this catagory. I should probably have a couple nice bags and alternate them, but finding the interest in me to purchase them is like finding a needle in a haystack. I always avoid the purse section.
What are some intentional and unintentional limiting factors in your wardrobe?