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Healthy Style Habits

By | January 14th, 2015 | Confessions

cozy sweats Mark Gautier photo credit: Mark Gauthier

Me in my own cozy sweats.

Do you have a “your version” of a wardrobe comfort food?

A go-to outfit that you throw on more than you would like to admit?

I was speaking to a potential client and she said she has a closet packed with beautiful clothing but she always throws on the same jeans and t-shirt outfit.

Her husband asks her why she does this when she has such gorgeous things.  She cites having a busy life full of stress, thanks to a successful career, lots of family obligations and going between 3 different houses. She doesn’t have a work dress code so she has the freedom to dress just as her herself and ‘feel good for me’ outfits.

But isn’t it interesting when you have it all you may not use it all. This makes me wonder why when we want it easy do we reach for the comfy, cozy, familiar jeans and t-shirt or sweats.

Why are we denying ourselves the joy of looking and feeling beautiful? And why do we reach for the tattered/over-worn/mega loved piece?

I can style a client to perfection, create an amazing look book, re-organize their closet, but I can’t make them actually put on the clothing every day.

Truth be told ‘a confused mind says no’ and even without seeing the closet I can tell that most likely her closet has too much in it.

Recently I caught myself wearing the same pull-on comfy jeans and splendid waffle turtleneck (granted I have the top in duplicate). It’s a flattering outfit but also comfortable and I’ve found myself reaching for it over and over. It just feels like an old friend.

I realize that I often develop ‘favorites’ and wear them to death and then I’m sad when I can’t replace them exactly.

Why is this?  Why wouldn’t we just create something new every day?  I think it’s because we are creatures of habit and it’s easy.

I found an interesting article called The Science of Breaking Out of Your Comfort Zone and I think it totally applies to your wardrobe.

What do you think?

I would love to hear from you in the comments below.

January is the perfect month to review old habits and decide what you will carry forward and what habits you want to leave behind.

Here’s to a bright new year!

Related blog posts from Alexandra: When you just want to wear sweats every day and Favorites… friend or frenemy?

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