I’ve really been struggling to find inspiration in my closet for the last few weeks (hence the lack of blog and Instagram posts!). Despite a slightly warmer than normal January and February, the last couple of months in Edmonton have been cold, snowy, and overall depressing. I want to wear all the gorgeous spring things that I see all over my Instagram feed, but alas, I do not live in Texas or Florida or somewhere where there really is a spring. I live in Alberta, where the weather sucks more than it doesn’t (with the exception of sunny days, which we have a lot of) and it can snow literally any month of the year.
But, I digress. I love so much about Alberta. It’s weather is just never going to be one of those things.
As I said, I’ve been struggling, so I starting thinking about how to handle that tricky transition period between seasons, particularly if you live in an area that has two (or if you’re lucky, four) distinct seasons that sometimes get confused. So here are my go-to methods to deal with wardrobe and weather despair:
Look back at old photos for outfit inspiration.
I’ve been doing this quite a lot, looking back to last year’s Instagram pics to see how I dealt with the transition period last year. Truthfully, that’s only been helpful to a point because we had a gorgeous spring in Edmonton last year, but it did remind me of some great outfits I thought up last year that could be updated or recreated for this spring. Obviously, you don’t need IG (or Facebook, or any of those things) to do this – just take a look at the photos you have saved from previous seasons and you never know what you might find.
Do a closet purge.
Sometimes, getting rid of the things you’re holding on to that you truly know you aren’t going to wear is the best way to become inspired again. It’s so easy for our closets and drawers to become jammed with so much “stuff” that we forget what we even have. Purging is a great way to clear out that space and make it much easier to see what you have and think about how to pair it. I cleaned out a ton of old things that I was keeping on the off chance that I might wear them again. HA! You and I both know that’s not going to happen. So I pilled all those clothes on the bed, went through them one by one and thought about the last time I wore them. If it was more than a year ago, they went into the donation pile. To make sure that I hadn’t gotten rid of anything I regretted, I left the pile at the foot of my bed and walked by it a few times. There were a couple of dresses that I kept going back to because I really wasn’t sure I wouldn’t wear them again. So after consulting a friend, I decided to put them back. The rest of the items were donated the very next day to prevent me from changing my mind on anything else!
Don’t go shopping!!
Yes, I know this doesn’t sound like something I would normally recommend, but shopping when you’re completely uninspired can be a disaster. Literally everything in my closet that I question on the hanger was purchased during a time when I felt uninspired with my clothes or life in general! You’re much better off researching upcoming trends, thinking out what you need for the upcoming season, and planning your purchases, rather than going out to buy a new sweater or skirt. Remember that the lack of inspiration likely won’t last – once the weather changes, I’m willing to bet you’ll have lots more to look forward to with your wardrobe!
Overthinking is nearly always my worst enemy. I strive to show different ways to pair things and to show off interesting styles through the blog…..but sometimes, that means I get stuck trying to think of a new outfit for today’s #ootd shot. It’s best to just cut your losses when the weather is crap. If you have a tried and true winter outfit you love, don’t put it away as soon as the temperatures warm up – wear it, again and again if you have to (because your hometown got hit with winter number 4!). A tried and true perfect outfit will feel so much better than the struggle to be overly creative.
What do you do when you’re lacking wardrobe inspiration? Are there go-to tricks you try when you’re not loving your clothes but can’t afford a new wardrobe? Share your tips with me in the comments, I’d love to hear them!
Enjoy the pretty things in life,