October 17, 2011
Posted by Steph
Fact: I am completely unfashionable.
I'm not, like, fashion blind. It's just that I prefer to be comfy. I'm a t-shirt and jeans kind of girl. If I could live my life wearing a soft, worn in t-shirt (not big and bulky, but the kind that clings and flows in all the right places), a pair of old jeans that hug my curves in all the right way (while flaring out a bit at the bottom, because that's how I roll) and a pair of birkenstock sandals, I'd be a happy girl. I don't like the feeling of not being able to move my arms with a full range of motion or wear a material that's itchy or...look like I'm trying to hard to be something I'm not.
I'm also a stay-at-home mom. And let's be honest: If I'm not leaving the house on any given day, why would I waste awesome outfits on the interior walls of my house (and my children who, inevitably, will mar said outfits with juice, mashed food and spit up)?
But, I'm not fashion blind. I see the fashions. And, hey, I kind of like some of the cooler trends going on. I'm inspired by fashionable friends and local fashion bloggers on a daily basis. I see an outfit they are wearing or blogging about, and I'm all, "I want to wear that! I think I could pull that outfit off!"
My problem? I don't know where to start.
I'd love to show up at the mall or a playdate in a reasonably cool outfit, or confidently wear something trendy for a date night out. Who wouldn't want to turn a few heads with the clothes they put on that morning?
I can appreciate an outfit that someone else has already put together. But plop me in a store with the instructions, "Here's $500! Pick out cool outfits! Run free! RUN FREE," I'd be lost. Completely lost. I'd end up with an armful of plain scoop or v-neck stretch t-shirts and maybe a plain sweater. I'd probably grab a pair of jeans, but they would mostly be the wrong cut for my body.
I also don't have a ton of money to spend on a new wardrobe. And by "don't have a ton of money" I mean no money. Well, maybe a little bit of money. All that to say, I need to get some good staples into my clothing rotation at a good price, but without sacrificing style.
So...I need your fashion advice: