This post has been in my drafts for, not joking, three years.
Back when I was doing my monthly Stitch Fix post I wanted to talk about getting dressed, but I never got around to it, because, well, I hardly ever get dressed. So that was a bit of a problem.
And by was I mean is.
Talking about clothes seems like a sharp left turn from talking about faith and family, but at the end of the day (actually probably the beginning) we all have to get dressed.
After three babies in three years I found myself in a bit of a crisis. Not only did none of my clothes fit my actual body anymore, they didn't really fit my life anymore. Which is perfectly normal. However, I've never been on the fashionable side of life, and quite frankly I just didn't care much about what I wore.
Or at least that's what I told myself.
What actually would happen is that I would buy cheap, ill-fitting clothes I hated when I actually put on, and then I would get frustrated that they looked bad AND that I was having to think so much about something simple like getting dressed. All the while I would be completely obsessing over what I was going to wear.
If I'm being really honest, it didn't feel very spiritually minded. I was suffering from major decision fatigue and it was actually distracting me from my real life.
(Just FYI, the Bible has a lot to say about getting dressed and being clothed. It's actually a fun little topical study if you want to go dig in!)
So the capsule wardrobe idea really appealed to me.
I just want to have something simple and practical that made me feel like a human being and not minced up mom left-overs when I'm at the grocery store. So those goals became my base-line.
Simple. It has to mix-and-match well, not difficult to launder, and really comfortable to wear.
Practical. It has to hold up to my actual life. Which involves a lot of lifting, moving, and being outside.
Beautiful. Listen, there isn't any other way to put this, but I just want to feel pretty.
It's taken me all sorts of closet culling and curating to get here, but I have found a mix that I really love for this spring and summer. I have several dresses that I love that could be just as easily worn to the ball field as date night. Light layers that can handle the spring swing in Texas, and a few options for when I'm feeling a little sassy.
Planning was a breeze because I didn't give myself any rules or hard numbers, I just kept my goals in front of my face and kept it as simple as I possibly could.
The Results? I feel better about getting dressed, and because I feel better about getting dressed I do it more often.
I still spend a few days a week in my workout pants and tanks, but I've even managed to slowly cull and curate those clothes to feel like decent human clothing. However since I love everything in my closet now, picking out clothes is super simple.
I know it's an over used adage, but it seems to be holding true: Dress for the day you want to have.
I want to be ready to play with my kids, minister to my neighbors, and flirt with my husband. I want to look in the mirror and believe the person God created there is worth the time and effort of making an effort.
I want to be ready for whatever adventure God has next for me. So I'm going to go get dressed for that.