Sometimes I get so stuck in the mindset that I ought to push myself to try new things and step out of my comfort zone when it comes to clothing that I overthink outfits that should really be a no-brainer. The amount of time I’m willing to spend deliberating what to wear on any given day is like, I don’t know, 90 seconds maximum. But since I do want to look nice and get the most out of my wardrobe without spending a fortune, I try not to get stuck in a rut wearing the same things the same ways, over and over and over again—this usually means trying to put items together in ways I haven’t before, or trying color combinations I haven’t been comfortable with in the past, or accessorizing in an unexpected way. Anything to keep my closet feeling fresh and exciting.
But trying to keep it fresh and exciting sometimes results in me fussing over things that aren’t worth fussing over. Like this outfit, for instance. I liked the skirt. I liked the tee. I liked how clean and fresh they felt together, and wanted to wear them to church a few weeks ago. But I kept returning to my closet while I got myself and the kids ready, thinking, “It’s too plain. Too simple, too boring. How about adding a jacket? A scarf? A belt? Bigger jewelry? Colorful shoes?” I kept trying combo after combo, getting more and more frustrated over my search for the perfect way to wear this, and fighting my instinct of just leaving it simple.
And after quite a few attempts that I just didn’t feel happy with, I stripped it back to what I had started with, stopped trying to turn it into something bigger and better, and finally felt good about it.
Yep, it’s simple. Maybe even boring (although I hope not). It’s not pushing any boundaries of what I feel comfortable in or stretching me to think or style myself in new ways. But you know what? More often than not, I feel pretty darn happy wearing simple things, and when the effort of pushing your limits is just causing stress without any reward, it’s time to step back and remind yourself that they’re just clothes and who really cares, right?
Just a soft mint skirt with a quiet cream tee, and a few blue and gold and brown accessories. Nothing loud or different or eye-catching, but I felt pretty and I felt comfortable and I felt happy wearing this, and isn’t that the point?
A quick word on this necklace and ring from Wrenn Jewelry—I can’t say enough good things about them. They are simply beautiful. I worried a tad about the necklace the first time I wore it—Darcy always yanks on necklaces while I feed her, and since the chain looks so dainty and delicate, I was worried she’d break it with her tugging. But I’ve worn it probably a dozen times in the past month or two, have loved it more and more every time, and Darcy has really put it to the test with her death grip and tug-of-war practice, but it is no worse for wear. This one is sturdier than it looks. Lovely + child-proof? SOLD.