In life, you have to learn adapt to unwelcome change in order to survive. Whether it’s to cope with life’s hardships or simply to insure your survival, adapting is an essential skill that we sometimes never learn until our backs are against the wall. Well at least that was the case for me. I’ve always worked in some field of Fashion or retail since I was able to work. I easily fell more and more in love with beautiful clothing due to three reasons other than a pure love of fashion and style. The first was the coveted employee sweet discount as a retail Visual Merchandiser, then being able to pick out some of the most fashionable items before others as a Fashion Stylist an lastly, simply being able to walk into a store and buy what I wanted because I had a well paying job. Eventually I became addicted to the thrill of shopping. So what happened to ruin my dream life? Well for starters, being young and dumb happened. The years sped up I began to realize that I not only let numerous opportunities slip by but I also spent too much money on clothes (yes clothes not bills or savings). So i’ll repeat, young and dumb delivered me to a place called Broke and Confused! Then of course a little bit of bad luck and recession left me unemployed and depressed for close to 2 years! How was I not only going to keep up with my quasi ‘image’ but most importantly, how was I going to survive with no income coming in? Check here for more info – http://www.topshelfclothingmi.com
Luckily for me, I knew that style was the one thing that money couldn’t buy.
I was no stranger at being broke and picking myself back up! I fell back on to my God given talents and decided to start to create my own lane in this Fashion world. Faith, hard work and resilience would be my three favorite words. After I made that career move, I turned back to my wardrobe because after all, image is key. My first step was to categorize my personal style, which is classic mets vixen on somedays and alluringly androgynous in others. Knowing my personal style was the key ingredient needed to create a recession proof wardrobe.
The first thing I did was clean out my closet by creating two separate piles. The first pile consisted of all essential and well kept pieces needed to create looks for my personal style. The second pile was all outdated clothes and shoes which I planned to donate. I wasn’t interested in holding on to it in attempts that the style may resurface because in my mind, that just created more clutter in my closet. This next step, though small, was crucial to the revival of my outfits. I invested heavily in adding new accessories into my wardrobe. For someone is budget conscious, this is the SMARTEST way to rejuvenate your wardrobe because they are the most affordable add-ons! The last step was hair and make-up. We tend to forget that this is as much a part of an outfit as any other thing. It can either steal the show or cancel it! All of these steps were a life saver. It also made it easier for me to get dressed in the morning and it worked perfectly with my non-existing cash flow.
As the saying goes, ‘Experience is the best teacher.’
I’ve learned the hard way on how not to live and deal with my money. I’m not saying that I’m totally out of the red yet, but it’s a little better and my future is looking much brighter than it has in years! A sense of purpose and little faith is what helped me keep me head high when that was the hardest thing imaginable. To other’s going through a similar experience, I would encourage you to look at your situation as a positive thing in the long run. It’s a way to start over and be a better, smarter and more unstoppable you! P.S…One last thing. I know that I feature a lot of expensive items on this blog. What else can I say, but that I love well made garments. I can appreciate the art and craftsmanship of luxury items. Although I drool over these items, I know where my pockets are and when I’m able to allow a few of these dream pieces in… I’ll be on cloud nine! Until then, I live in a ‘Look for Less’ reality.
Loving Your Style Within,