New Year's has nothing on Fall when it comes to that fresh-start feeling.
Seriously, our biggest celebration of new beginnings happens in the dead of winter after Christmas has already happened and with no expectation of more presents. What a letdown.
But oh, FALL - crisp morning air, flannels and jeans, pumpkins and golden leaves, new notebooks and pens... everything about Fall makes me feel new again.
It's especially so this Fall, since I've officially returned to school to finish my degree after a five-year working hiatus. So, I'm stoked.
And as much as I've loved reveling in my easy summer dresses, I can't wait to bust out my chunky sweaters as soon as it's cool enough.
As with each seasonal shift, I've got a few goals in mind for my closet this time around.
I won't be dealing in "capsule" terms - you can see my year of capsule wardrobes here - though I may need to impose a shopping ban since I seem to get carried away with wishy-washy guidelines.
Instead I'll be focusing more on curating my style, along with a few other things:
As a result of my capsules' evolutions and my loosening of the rules, I've begun to develop a small build-up of disarray in my closet.
So it's time to get back to the spirit of the capsule wardrobe by choosing only my favorite things, keeping a vision of the styles that bring the most joy in mind, and setting the rest aside.
2. USE WHAT I HAVE
And what I have is enough.
I plan to capitalize on what I already own, re-styling and getting creative.
Not only is it more responsible to the planet, it's better for my wallet and, I genuinely believe, my brain, to utilize what I have and avoid giving in to impulse purchases and cheap trends.
Because I have is more than enough.
3. DRESS FOR ME
Even if I don't have anywhere to go that day.
Working from home means that sometimes (lots of times) I'm in sweats from morning to night.
Partly this is laziness, but it's also partly because I don't feel it's worth the effort to dirty something, wash it, dry it, and iron it again when it's just me and the kitties.
But I've been thinking that maybe this is actually a terrible way of thinking.
Not only is there evidence that getting dressed (or even just putting on proper shoes) helps a work-from-homer stay sharp.
I think it also says something about the way I value myself.
I mean, who am I trying to impress with my style? What am I trying to express?
This project is meant for me. It's meant to help me feel comfortable in my own skin and discover something about how I want to express myself daily through fashion.
Even if no one sees it but me and my cats.
I'll keep you apprised of how this goes, and I'm super excited to see how this beautiful season shapes out.
Now it's time to hit the books!