August 15, 2011

best for last.

I've always had this habit of 'saving things for later.' It's cropped up across several areas of my life, translating to anything from food ("Best bite for last!) to music ("I won't listen to this playlist until...") to clothes. And it's this last part--clothes--that I'm trying to change. 

Ever since I was little I've reserved my favorite outfits for Fridays. That, of course, was the day we'd all walk home from school together, stopping at someone's house or the Main Street candy shop along the way. There was something about the end of the week--and the start of the weekend--that felt important, like something to dress up for. And so I would. 

It's normal, I think, to save certain outfits for the weekend. But somehow, somewhere along the way, I started saving my favorite clothes for... who knows? For some time in the distant future, some time when Possible Event X might require me to look my best. And, you know, heaven forbid I debut a new skirt/shirt/pair of shoes beforehand.

See, here's the problem, though: Possible Event X usually comes and goes, and I end up wearing an old standby... because in my mind I think, What if an even better event comes along and I've already sported this fabulous dress? What if I wish I'd saved it? What if it would have been absolutely perfect for this party and I've just worn it? What if?

This sounds ridiculous, I know... They're clothes--what's the big deal? Well, the big deal is that it speaks to a larger issue: my consistent, completely absurd forward-thinking. 

Saving best for last can be good for some things--the center bite of a peanut butter cookie, the killer playlist that'll get you through that tough workout tomorrow, and did I mention the center bite of a peanut butter cookie? But I'm changing my tune when it comes to clothes. I'm shifting gears, wearing what I love whenever I please, whenever it strikes my fancy--even if it's on a (gasp!) Monday.

Because sometimes, yes, there's a time and a place to save best for first.

(Pictured, some of my current favorites: Striped Vest, Sweater, and Scarf from Banana Republic; Melie Bianco Clutch from Piperlime; Bardolino Booties from Indigo by Clarks; Polka Dot Skirt from EmersonMade.)


ChinkyGirLMeL said... [Reply to comment]

Oh gosh, I know what you mean. I used to have that same problem. I always plan what to wear then when the event finally comes I end up wearing something else. But one thing is for sure though, I try never to wear the same thing twice when going to events.

siddathornton said... [Reply to comment]

i do the exact same thing with my clothes... & have been trying to break out of the habit forever! i wish you better luck than i've had!

Rachael said... [Reply to comment]

I do that all the time with my clothes!

Allie said... [Reply to comment]

I do this all the time! And I love your idea of having that outfit being used for a Monday. Because honestly, it would probably make Mondays so much more bearable. haha

missy. said... [Reply to comment]

i used to do that. now i have so many clothes i normally end up wearing my favorites more than i should! haha

Caiti said... [Reply to comment]

I love this...and might just be what I needed to hear ;) I am doing an internship about an hour away from home (can be up to 3 with LA traffic), luckily I have a dear friend who lets me crash on her couch during the week, but needless to say, I'm living out of a suitcase, and yesterday I spent entirely TOO much time packing for the week...deciding which top I wanted to wear when & what skirt I wanted to save for the weekend...And as I'm writing this comment, I'm realizing that I could have been spending that time during my day off in a more fun way, and that really, 3 weeks from now, I won't still be upset that I didn't wear the absolutely perfect thank you!

P.S. I thought I was the only one who wore my favorite outfits on Fridays....always have since I was a little girl too, and now it's such habit, I'm not planning on breaking it!

Anna said... [Reply to comment]

i am in love with your scarf. i would wear that every day :)