One of the hardest parts about living in New York is resisting the constant pressure to keep up with the latest trends. It is that same pressure that propels us to purchase new item after new item, without us giving the clothing we already have so much as a second thought. Eventually, we find our wardrobes piling up with mounting heaps of clothes we’ve most likely worn once and then tossed aside.
Being a so-called “outfit repeater” might not have done Lizzie McGuire any justice, but alas, times have changed. This year, I have made it my mission to purchase less of what I THINK I need and instead, spend more time dedicated to styling the items I do own with more creativity. I even spent last night color coordinating my closet to make it a bit easier for me to find what I’m looking for, and ultimately, to put new outfits together. Most importantly, it will help me avoid buying more of the same thing so I can spend my money where it counts.
Everything I am wearing in this look has been showcased on the blog before. Last weekend, Mother Nature brought New York a tease of spring weather, so I thought I’d forgo the pants in favor of a dress. Initially, I wanted to break out one of my recent purchases from Zara, but I swiftly decided against it. Why not recycle a few pieces I have previously shown you guys into a brand new look?
Moral of the story: Less is more. Of course, if you find something in-store or online that you can’t stop thinking about after a few days, get it. It obviously has a place in your heart (and wardrobe) for a reason. Overall, though, invest your energy in what is currently dangling in your closet. You’d be surprised at the sartorial magic you can create.
Photography: Jacob Goldberg