I recently started choosing themes for my wardrobe for seasons. Something to guide my shopping and help me look at my closet/options in a different way. I’ve recently realized that those themes also started to guide how i viewed things outside of my closet.
For example, last fall/winter, i geared myself around Comfortable Elegance. Pearls, cardigans, high waisted dresses. Basically, I wanted any snapshot of me for the fall/winter to be one where people would think “wow, she’s together.” And looking back, I can see how that shaped everything else. My leadership experiences, the tons of traveling, the work I did at school – all of it was shaped around being simultaneously elegant and comfortable in my own skin.
This spring/summer, my theme was Cupcakes and Champagne. I know, a little amorphous – but basically i was going for a sense of lightness and that bubbly happy feeling you have after eating a cupcake or drinking champagne. I was all blushes, roses, lavenders, and gold. gold and pink jewellery ABOUNDED in my life. And i can see now how during that time, it was exactly what i needed. graduation, studying for the bar, moving back home – i needed to have an attitude that sought out the light and lovely and happy in my circumstances.
So, what now? I’m coming to fall/winter, and have been thinking about what I not only want my wardrobe but also my life to reflect. Right now? I definitely need some sparkle and colour in my life. I’m thinking I’m going to go with “Dazzle and Shine” for my fall/winter theme. every outfit will have a dash of sparkle, or a dram of shine. I’m thinking, some piece of bright color, or shimmer. A pick me up to an otherwise dull and scary existence. and like my outfits, I’m going to be looking for what adds a dazzle or shimmer to each of my days. How is God dazzling me? What brings the shimmer out in me? This fall/winter, I will seek to add colour to someone else’s existence, dazzle someone with a smile, and leave behind a shine.