I'm not tired of fashion. Nor have I lost my enthusiasm for finding, say, those perfect jeans or the exact sweater I need to go with them. Far from it. It's just that when it comes to outfit posts I think that I've run the gamut of everything that's currently in my closet. That I've tried every possible realistic combination and permutation that I can come up with given the items I currently own. You see the outfit ideas that left me cold this week, did so because once I tried them on I realized that I would never wear them. They were too fussy, too boring, too "not me." And I ask you... what's the point in blogging about something that I wouldn't actually wear?
And this made me think of a post that I read in the spring written by one of my favourite fashion bloggers. Silvia Cristescu is an Art History major turned fashion stylist for the Romanian magazine Viva! And last spring I saw this picture on her blog The Stunning Look. And I couldn't get the little sign she held out of my head. "Practice what you post"... perfect.
|The Stunning Look|
Most of the outfits I've posted this fall, I've worn. Like these three. I wore my Paige jeans, purple Tory Burch tie blouse and Vince coat sweater for lunch and shopping one day in October. First time that Tory Burch blouse had been out of the house in years. I wore my jeans, white tee, and black Helmut Lang jacket for tea at the Chateau Laurier with my friend Susan. High tea calls for pumps, doesn't it? I added my silk animal print scarf. My blue equipment blouse with jeans and sneakers was perfect for a very full day of shopping with my sister. She was looking for outfits for several events. I love shopping for someone else. And then seeing how fab they look. And she did...look fabulous, I mean.
And later in the fall when it was chillier, I wore my Vince coat sweater with burgundy jeans to my "To Hell with the Bell" lunch with a group of my retired teacher friends. I swapped the leather trousers for my Paige jeans for afternoon tea at the home of a dear friend. The better to curl up for a long, long chat. The striped Vince tee and green tweed blazer have been out a number of times. With and without the scarf. Great for running around town.
But as much as I theoretically would wear... could wear... these three outfits, alas, none of them has made it out the door. Not once. At least not yet. And there's more where they came from. Sigh.
Which kind of brings me back to my problem. My outfit post apathy. I can't muster much enthusiasm for coming up with new outfit ideas when I'm so busy trying to wear the ones I've already planned. It's like I can't keep up with my own blog. I'm a victim of my own successful planning. Too many outfits, too few appropriate engagements to wear them.
The way I look at it is... I have four possible solutions to this conundrum. I could stop posting so many outfit combinations at a time; that way I might have a chance of keeping up with them. Or I could go out more, thus requiring more outfits. Or I could go shopping. And add a few new pieces to my wardrobe that might pique my interest and give me more scope for creative outfit planning. Or I could write about other stuff for while. Thus not requiring outfit posts on a weekly basis. What to do...what to do??
As Viola said in Twelfth Night...."O time, thou must untangle this not I. It is too hard a knot for me to untie." I guess we'll just have to wait and see what transpires.
And in the meantime, take a gander at some of the looks that Silvia Cristescu has put together for her blog. I love her minimalist, kind of retro style. She's very young, but her style is timeless in the best possible way. All photos are from The Stunning Look.
And so, dear friends. That's the truth about blogging, from my point of view. I try really hard to "practice what I post"... I don't see the point of writing a blog otherwise.
Now... I must run. I've miles to go before I sleep, well, a really good book to finish, anyway. But I'm sure you'll be hearing about that soon.
All comments, possible solutions, commiserations, admonitions, and ideas gratefully appreciated as always.
Linking up this week with:Visible Monday at Not Dead Yet Style, #IwillwearwhatIlike at Not Dressed as Lamb, What I Wore at The Pleated Poppy, Passion 4 Fashion at Rachel the Hat, Fun Fashion Friday at Fashion Should Be Fun, Friday Finds at Forage Fashion, Casual Friday at Two Thirty-Five Designs, TBT at Happiness at Midlife.