Avoid Dealing With Outfit Regret
Yikes! We’ve all been there whether it’s the fault of 7 am morning brain or it was virtually impossible to locate any two pieces of clothing that were both clean and presentable. Sometimes we all make fashion faux-pas. (Hey, we can’t all be Olivia Palermo.) And while I wish I was coming at you with this blog post solely as a conceptual, hypothetical blogger tip, I’m actually writing from a place of (recent!) personal experience. Today — and I cringe as I prepare to repent for my style sins — I’m calling myself out.
It started when I woke up. I already had an outfit planned but when I put it on, it just wasn’t right. I’m not sure if it was the overall aesthetic or if it just didn’t fit right or the pieces didn’t go together but I wasn’t having it. I tried sweater after sweater, swapped jeans out for other jeans.
What I eventually settled with still didn’t work and I sat at my cubicle all day long, regret pouring through my glands like sweat after a workout. Adding insult to injury was the fact that I had to attend an important presentation. Luckily, my participation wasn’t required but my attendance was. While I didn’t have my time with the microphone, I still felt disgusted with my getup as I shuffled in and sat in the back of the room.
One mantra I’ve started to live by is this: curate the wardrobe carefully. If the closet is full of timeless basics, it’s theoretically much easier to coordinate outfits and possibility of clashing is slimmer.
So why was it still so difficult for me to get dressed this morning? After all, 99% of my clothes are classic wardrobe staples. (I’ve conducted several clothing purges since moving.) The craziest pattern you’ll find in here is navy and white polka dots, okay?
The answer is in the second mantra: it’s all in the fit. I’ve learned if it doesn’t fit, don’t wait around for it. Donate it! There’s few things worse than getting to the office in too-tight jeans or an unflattering shirt. All day long, the uncomfortable, unflattering fit bothers my mind, mentality, and work ethic. I just want to squirm and go home to change. Even if an outfit matches visually, most people equate feeling uncomfortable in an outfit with a decrease in immediate mood. Don’t let a poor fit ruin your day.
My last tip for avoiding outfit regret would be to get inspired. There’s nothing wrong with drawing inspiration from already-crafted outfits. Peruse Pinterest, Instagram, and even look back at your older #ootd photos to recreate successful outfits that you loved and felt confident in!
If you don’t feel 100% comfortable, confident, and like yourself in an outfit, it can really mess with your happiness, even if just from 9-5. Your wardrobe should reflect the pieces that make you you and also make you happy.
Which outfit caused your worst case of style regret? Share it with me in the comments!