Susie would lift an item up, and I'd decide whether or not I was going to continue wearing it. The idea was to pare down my holdings to the most essential, most wearable pieces. During the decision-making process, I couldn't resist trying some of the pieces on. Seeing everything I owned laid out before me, I felt inspired to create new ways of wearing the clothes that put me in my style rut. I wanted to break free of the conventions that I felt were holding me back (i.e. the preppy look that I had somehow adopted as my default.)
As the No Pile grew and items were eliminated from consideration, I saw a new look coalescing right in front of my eyes. Addition by deletion. I took risks; I played dress up. It felt great, and even if I never wear some of these outfits, it inspired me to look at my closet in a different way.
Here are a few of the looks I came up with that day. I apologize for the picture quality (bad lighting!)
On the surface, this look is generic Ivy Style with the baggy khakis, canvas sneakers, and cardigan. I took it a different way by throwing in a few details. A leather jacket that's been unworn going on a few years now is prominently featured. It was a staple of my rebellious youth (obv) but now that I've grown a little older (wiser) I think it's ready to be worn in a new light. This is also the first appearance of cardigan-as-shirt, sans undershirt, which will be a go-to thing for me this fall. My chesthair cometh.
These are the mauve pants I raved about earlier in the summer. Oddly enough, I didn't wear them much. That will change this fall. Here's one possibility.
I talked about earlier but didn't end up wearing often. I think the elements come together very well here, especially the brown at the bottom. I enjoy the simplicity of this outfit--just three pieces, but it works.
The thing about my style is that something is always just a little off. I think I maintained that sense while heading in a new direction, and I'm proud of what we accomplished that day.