Wow, you guys. I am really in my feelings with posts these past two days (sorry!) Let me explain…
Yesterday, I HAD it with blogging. I published my post I’ve been working on about feeling like I don’t fit the ethical fashion aesthetic, but then I kept reflecting on the topic all day. In this instance, writing about it didn’t have the cathartic effect I had hoped for.
Then, I was ruminating about my blog and Instagram statistics and generally feeling pretty negative about them (and objectively, they aren’t even bad). I purged a bunch of my prior posts that I didn’t deem “good enough.” I looked at other bloggers who I think are doing “better” than me.
I haven’t been feeling well lately. Living with depression is hard, and feelings of inadequacy definitely take hold. Sometimes randomly.
But ultimately, I decided not to give up on blogging.
All of the above feelings are the result of doing things for other people, not for myself. And that isn’t why I started this blog. Seriously, why is it so easy to get caught up in what other people are doing and what other people think?
I started this to reflect upon how a more curated wardrobe makes me feel. To reflect upon how having items I truly love and making fewer decisions about getting dressed really helped me fight my depression when it was at its worst.
I feel connected to something bigger than myself when I look at a piece of clothing that was made by someone being paid a fair wage, and when I share those items with the people who do read here.
So, in that spirit, let’s talk a little bit about the above outfit.
I call this look my “rainy-day-uniform.” I like uniform dressing for certain weather or occasions, since it is one less decision to make during the day. For example, when I have to give a presentation, I generally always wear a black button-down blouse and black pants.
For rainy days, I typically always wear a black dress (I have three that I rotate between, appropriate for different temperatures), with tights (if necessary), boots and some simple jewelry.
Today I’m wearing the Amour Vert Marilyn dress that I originally featured here. I love the sleeve length for spring, and overall the dress has a really flattering cut.
I accessorized with Vince Camuto mule booties, my Berg + Betts watch, my Vrai & Oro initial necklace (not pictured – I have the Cuban link chain for it which I love) and a Sanctuary crossbody.
I also yanked my hair back, because humidity.
Do you use uniform dressing to simplify your wardrobe?
I’m so glad that you decided to keep blogging! I don’t think there are very many bloggers out there who are writing about their wardrobes in the context of living with depression, and it’s pretty unique and wonderful concept. I adore your blog (and your rainy day uniform!) so I hope that you will keep it up!
Thank you so much for the kind words, Renee. 🙂
Hub City Girl says
Don’t give up yet!! I think your posts are lovely. 🙂
Thank you so much <3
Don’t give up!
Eva Eastman (@EvaVrinda) says
Definitely don’t give up! I’ve only just found your blog and need more to read! I’ve just read the whole thing in one evening and am poised waiting for your next post ??
Thank you so much for the kind words, it really means so much to me ???? welcome and I’m glad you have enjoyed my posts – more to come! xx