Recently I asked myself; does my current wellbeing influence my personal style and are my daily outfit choices an outward reflection on my present state of mind?
Having recently returned to work after maternity leave, I found that having the opportunity to dress beyond my comfort zone of leggings, was having a positive impact on my body confidence. Being able to dress “for me” injected my wardrobe with little sparks of joy in the shape of dresses, pretty blouses and heeled ankle boots.
As part of my wellness journey, I wanted to keep a journal documenting my daily outfit choices and most importantly, my subsequent moods. Now in retrospect, diarising my emotional state in January was always going to be influenced by the darker winter cold days and post Christmas blues.
For this reason, I found myself gravitating towards muted tones and comforting textures that complimented my somewhat sombre mood. Grey, black and camel knits have been worn on repeat with high waisted skinny jeans and comfortable ballet flats. My go-to wardrobe in effect has been a slightly more sophisticated version of my weekend with the kid’s attire.
Truth be told I just wanted to hide under layers of black and feel comforted by my old style friends and feel secure amongst the familiar. Navigating multiple morning drop-offs with the kids, a 9-5 job and daily family life suddenly felt very overwhelming. My little ones have also not been sleeping due to various bugs, therefore finding the motivation to get up an extra hour earlier to look nice, has lost its appeal. My closet was very much telling the world, please leave me alone. A very different state of mind after the fun and sparkle of Christmas.
Now in my 5th week of January, I have come to realise that my wellness and personal style are intricately linked and each has equal influence over each other. I have come to realise that we can play a part in uplifting our moods and well being by faking our mood outwardly with the clothes we wear. The last few days I have injected my daily uniform with a colour palette of butter-soft creams, sunshine yellows and a touch of blush pink. I have kept the textures comforting and familiar because I still need a good clothing hug in these cold days.
If your wardrobe could talk, what would it say about your current state of mind?
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