Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Style during stressful times

Before we went out on Sunday I had DH snap a photo. I almost didn't, but my daughter asked me why we haven't been taking pix and I really didn't have an answer for her. Then I got to thinking about how style has been the last thing on my mind...and thus this post was born.

My mother comes up nearly every Sunday to watch the kids for a precious few hours so DH and I can go out. Since DH is home I can take my time getting ready without kids clamoring for my attention. On a typical lazy Sunday morning, cup of tea in hand, there’s a pleasant feeling when staring into the closet and thinking about what I shall wear. The possibilities are open to me and the day ahead is fresh and still unspent.

Needless to say I’ve had a lot on my mind and fashion hasn’t been at the forefront of my thoughts. So this Sunday was a bit different. I barely looked into my closet and quickly grabbed a top, then a cardigan, with very little consideration.

The point is this: even tho I put practically no thought into what I threw on my back, when I looked in the mirror I actually looked fine, none the worse for wear. This made me realize my wardrobe works pretty well, and when need be, effortlessly so.

My outfits are simple and practical, perhaps not always adventurous but they do match my casual lifestyle. The shapes and colors are basically flattering and all of it seems to go together, very mix and match.

I now have a wardrobe that functions for me when I can’t possibly deal with thinking about clothes.

How often in life do we get crazy busy or majorly distracted? I remember other times when it was a struggle to figure out what to wear during those stressful periods, and the last thing one needs when under duress is more struggle. This was so much nicer, a moment of calm; of needed mindlessness.

I guess what I’m driving at is that this is yet another way developing a personal style can impact our lives. I feel pretty crappy, but it’s nice to not add to that by also feeling like I totally look it. And when navigating the stressful times in life, every little bit helps.

Yet another discovery on this journey.

Thanks for listening…see ya soon!


The WalMart Vegan said...

Bless your heart! You are right -- having a wardrobe that pulls together with no problem is definitely a blessing in difficult times.


Sal said...

So glad to hear your wardrobe is a source of support and not a point of stress during this difficult time. If you hated how you looked this week in addition to everything else, that would SUCK.

Sending ongoing good vibes ...

Trace said...

Another great post K. You are super strong, super fashionable, and super graceful under stress. Sending all the positive vibes and ju ju I have your way!!!

La Belette Rouge said...

You amaze me in so many ways. You certainly look beautiful, strong, calm, and fashionable.

Erica said...

Yes, you do look effortlessly amazing! Keep us updated!

Snowbrush said...

Interesting. I've never been happy with my wardrobe. So, why not change it? Because it's comfortable. It's too casual to suit me aesthetically, but it's comfortable.

I saw that you're from the Mid-Atlantic. That's where the Hardy Boys are from. If you ever run into them...

Kayleigh said...

Thanks so much everyone!

It's amazing the little things that pop into your head right along side the big ones. If you'd asked me whether my clothes would even be a blip on the radar screen of my world for an instant I would have thought you were nutz, lol. Yet there I was getting dressed and thinking that I was thankful it was so stress-free. Go figure.

I'll say it again and again, you all are such wonderful, caring people, the support is so overwhelming and uplifting, I can't thank you enough.

PS: Snowbrush, the Hardy Boys? Wow, haven't thought about them in years!

Snowbrush said...

"PS: Snowbrush, the Hardy Boys? Wow, haven't thought about them in years!"

Do you mean to imply that there are other things to think of?

Chuck Dilmore said...

from the start
and here today
i have only seen
beauty and calm.

the center of you
is not a hurt, a fear...
the center of you is strength and love.


Kayleigh said...

Thank you Chuck -- that was lovely :)

Snowbrush -- yes, many ;)

Unknown said...

Your wardrobe is beautiful and a daily inspiration to me, and I'm so glad to know how it's there for you when you need it the most. I too have been in really anxious and uncertain situations where my clothes have made me feel calm and steady.

I am rooting for you!