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A Fashion Pause

A Fashion Pause

January, the month of new beginnings and aspirations beckons. While the winter landscape appears stark, cold, and barren, nature is at rest. We should be too!


Just as nature ceases from activity and settles in for a long winter’s respite, this is a time for us to pause, to dream, and to discover. Instead of making resolutions that become quickly broken or fragmented, we ought to record our most personal aspirations.

“The ideal wardrobe is a balance between the clothing you want and the clothing you need.” Roxy Rowton

“The ideal wardrobe is a balance between the clothing you want and the clothing you need.” Roxy Rowton

While I don’t want this writing to wander into the depths of self-introspection, I do want hope that we will resolve to let this be the year of discovery — to grasp an awareness of what it is that makes us happy and fulfilled. And because, this is a space that focuses on the how to of building a better wardrobe, I would like to frame this writing around the message of a fashion pause to assist in resetting wardrobe preferences that reflect our inner woman with the outer package.

We’ve just come off a season of a bustle of activity, as well as, joyful celebration and purposeful giving. Just as nature settles in for a winter pause and repose, we should too! The winter interlude is the right moment for taking stock of the wardrobe and reconsidering our relationship to clothes. It’s an ideal period to shift into a thoughtful retrospection of what’s in the closet, what do I like to wear, what fits me, what do I feel good in, or what’s my personal style? Now is the moment to consider our authentic self, real lifestyle, and the garments we want to wear everyday.

I like to start by redefining my wardrobe with an examination of what I already have first. Later, I can clean the closet of clutter and shop to refresh the wardrobe with the introduction of garments that feel authentically mine, that work for my lifestyle, and that translate into an expression of my individuality and style. I examine closely the garments in the closet. Which ones do I feel comfortable while wearing? Which fabrics feel good up against the skin? Which size am I the most comfortable?

Sometimes the best way for us to pause and reset is to simply slough off any outdated attitudes and viewpoints about what is fashionable and become intentional about the selection of garments we admit into the repertoire. Authentic personal style and intentional dressing converge when we’re ready to seriously part with the fashion mistakes and abandon the garments that simply clutter the closet or wardrobe.

A fashion pause prompts us to define the classic ideas of what’s fashionable.  A better wardrobe can emerge from the clarity and acknowledgment about our fashion and sartorial preferences. We do have need of patience. We’re not going to overhaul our wardrobes in one day, one week, or even one month. We must trust that our authentic style preferences will emerge. The best wardrobes develop over time and one piece at a time. Let’s make 2019 the year to pause, to question, to discover, and to build the better wardrobe.

Elements of a Better Wardrobe

Elements of a Better Wardrobe

Everyday Pieces Can Party Too!

Everyday Pieces Can Party Too!