I was standing at the edge of my bed, folding a load of laundry. I glimpsed my jewelry collection out of the corner of my eye. It lives on my desk, among the papers and pens. I have multiple little homes for my jewelry. I have one of those contraptions with many necklaces hanging free. I have the stacked bowls that hold my bracelets, watches, and more. And I have a little dish for my rings and earrings. My collection is impressive. I have something pretty for every possible occasion.
And I wear almost none of it.
I started putting my clothes away. I slid my favorite striped sweater on top of the shelf. I hung my long, black cardigan up in the front of the closet. I placed my Sisterhood-of-the-Traveling-Pants jeans on top of all the rest. I swear these jeans fit me no matter what has happened to my body – through aging, pregnancy, and post-partum changes. These items are ones that I cherish and they hold prime real estate in my closet. They are the pieces I reach for first and wear over and over again.
My closet is overflowing and yet, I wear almost none of it.
I’ve come to the conclusion recently that my style is simple. This is something I’ve known all along, but have tried to fight time and time again. I’ve bought countless pieces of jewelry and items of clothing that fit this image of myself I had in my mind. But they didn’t fit me, the real me. I bought something pretty, something bright, something loud. I bought things that were trendy and things that I thought may look good. I bought it all and I wore almost none of it.
Over the years, I’ve learned to embrace my style. I’ve learned that I love neutrals. I love grey, white, dark blue, dark green, and black. I love plain tee’s and stripes. For jewelry, I wear the same three pieces every day – my pearl earrings, my wedding bands, and my Fitbit. I like to keep things simple. So I am taking steps to ensure that my style reflects the real me. I’m paring down my jewelry collection and donating most of my clothes. I’m only buying items that complement my cool, neutral tones and the style that I have come to love.
Our style is a statement about who we are and what we love. Our style is a work of art that lets outsiders know a little about the artist at a glance. Our style is us.
Embrace what you wear. Embrace who you are. Embrace your style.