In the Midst of a Personal Style Crisis

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

I've written about this before, but I just went clothes shopping and it has crystallized: I don't know what my personal style is anymore.

My style has always been a mix of prep and punk and "girly". Ringer tees, black jeans, floral tops and dresses, combat boots, military over shirt, denim skirts. I'd mix and match all those pieces to create my style. And it took a while for me to get there, because I grew up and went to school in the 2000s and early 10s, when fashion was atrocious and low-rise jeans were a thing. 

I just can't seem to buy anything. I got to stores, find great pieces, even try some of them on. But I just don't buy them. My hesitancy about buying anything even goes for basics like a simple pair of sneakers, t-shirts, and jeans, which is a problem because it's time for me to get new jeans. 

And the worst part about it is I have gift cards! Visa gift cards that I can spend anywhere. No expense to my bank account and I still can't do it. I just don't want to end up having buyer's remorse, because I don't know what my style is and I don't want to buy pieces and not be able to build a wardrobe out of it. 

So now I'm stuck with an old wardrobe, wearing out jeans, and gift cards waiting for me in my wallet, taunting me, waiting for this case of the shopping yips to go away.

(I did end up buying this dress because how could I not. You can't go wrong with too many little black dresses in your wardrobe, and I didn't have a cool little black dress like this before now.)

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