I had an epiphany this past weekend. Ryan and I were going to a friends house for dinner and I just wanted something casual and cute but had a heck of a time finding something. All the clothes I own are “work”clothes; whether work as in my 9-5 or work as in work out. I do not have any casual cute clothes. I also realized I have completely lost my sense of personal style. My closet is almost all black with a pop of purple, pink, or blue thrown in, but for the most part it’s all black. My shoe collection has dwindled to a sad state of sensible heels and flats in single colours.

I know how this happened. It started after college. I was stylish, an Elle subscriber, and very fashion concious (I tottered through the rain in open toe stilettos on a regular basis). I  set aside a small shopping budget in every  pay check of my teeny tiny entry level salary for Forever 21 or Value Village runs. But over time, that shopping budget shrank to almost nothing. By the time I was 25, shopping stopped being fun and started being utilitarian. I go in for items I NEED that are on the clearance rack. Everything I buy is “office appropriate” since I spend the majority of my life in a conservative office.

This has to change! I’m approaching 30 this year and I’ve noticed a huge shift in my thinking. I don’t want to be serious and bored all the time. I feel like as I’ve transitioned into adult hood that I have lost touch with myself. I want to go back to being my fun-loving, CRAZY self, and I want my sense of fashion to reflect that. Since I entered the workforce I dressed according to business standards at work AND in my personal life.  I need to push that envelope a little?

Yowza this is a text heavy post. Anyway- this is the year I shake things up. I have always admire Gwen Stefani’s style and I think it’s time to channel it a little, every girl needs a style muse. I’m going to start buying clothes because I like them and feel good in them, not because they are on sale and appropriate for work.

I really think I could pull off the patterned/coloured pants with plain top at work.

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Any advice for a gal trying to find her style again? 


  • jenna fay May 7, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Splurge for a few things that add in to your ‘black canvas’ of sensible clothes. Just go for it. Gwen’s a great muse.

    • Betty LIVIN May 7, 2014 at 10:55 am

      Thanks Jenna! I have to! I can’t keep looking so boring!

  • Kristin May 7, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    OMG, I’m totally into the pattern tights with basic top!! SO freaking cute!!! You would pull off this style FOR SURE!! Go for it!! It’s so you and fabulous!!

  • Colorado Gal May 7, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    Man, I’m miserable with fashion so I am absolutely no help. But it sounds like fun!!!

  • Running Betty May 7, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    I have ZERO advice on fashion, I’ve totally fallen into the same rut! (I’m a tech geek though, so my work clothes are jeans, t-shirts, and sneakers! )It’s something I want to remedy ASAP as well! I don’t think I even remember how to walk in heels! Haha

  • Jenny May 10, 2014 at 9:44 am

    I feel the same way about my wardrobe – too many boring pieces of office wear that are all exactly the same! Recently I set myself a monthly clothing budget and have been very purposeful in buying pieces that aren’t my typical black, white, grey. I just bought a crazy flower print spring jacket that was so out of my comfort zone but makes my wardrobe so much more fun. I say go for the patterned pants!

    • Betty LIVIN May 11, 2014 at 8:07 am

      That’s what I’m going to do! This weekend I went shopping and I had to force myself to pick out colourful stuff, I automatically went for the black and grey pieces because that’s what I’m used to.


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