It’s Not Good Lookin’ But It’s Lookin’ Good

In an attempt to look a little more fashionable (an attempt, by the way, also known as The Most Hopeless Cause Known to Man), I have decided to put some effort into my daily appearance. I figure, I’m getting to be kind of an adult, and it might be in my favour to look the part.

But then, that’s all it really is, isn’t it?  A part—a role? Because anybody with the tiniest bit of perceptiveness could see that I really am a toddler in a woman’s body.

But anyway, I’m trying. This decision has mainly been inspired by Niki’s weekly outfit report, Kate’s inspiring finds, and Angela’s always-lovely vignettes. I want to build a vintage vibe (mostly because thrift store shopping is cheap, but also because the aforementioned girls thrive on vintage and always look so lovely, so put together). I want to develop creative ways to accessorise. I want to go out of my comfort zone and see what happens. But mostly I want to figure out something to wear to school besides jeans and hoodies that will still be warm (that’s another thing to consider; I rely so much on hoodies because the weather in Canada sort of demands it {but there are lots of girls at school who still look really cute even dressed for winter, while I sort of end up looking like Frumpgirl five days a week}).

So I put on four different outfits on Saturday and this was the best I could come up with:

I didn’t realise it til now, but it looks like I’m the world’s biggest ASU fan (which I am not). Also, I didn’t realise it til now, but I didn’t look very good at all. I just don’t know how to put clothes together beyond the basic T with a sweater over it. I tried on three different belts in three different ways—over the T shirt but under the sweater, over the T shirt and sweater both, and around my head like a hippie (that last one was a joke)—and none of them looked good.

It’s no secret that I don’t know how to accessorise any other way than with a necklace or earrings. Even my hair doo-dads are booo-ring.

(Although I did try my hand at putting a tiny braid in my hair before I pinned it up, as I’ve noticed is popular today. I thought it looked passable, but when I went to see Poor Kyle, he took one look at it and laughed. Sad day.) (You can see it looping out on the right side of my head, in the middle. Fail.)

Anyway, the point is, I need help. I have decided I own way too many clothes to be looking this shabby all the time (by “this shabby” I mean I rarely wear anything besides jeans and a T shirt/hoodie anywhere—school, errands, appointments, wherever).  I’m going to go through my closet aggressively and get rid of anything I haven’t worn in the last year, and then rotate the remaining clothes in creative ways until I can afford to get a new wardrobe. It’s a bit extreme, but something’s gotta change.

What are your staple items of clothing? Do they bore you, or are you pleased with your current duds?

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21 Responses to It’s Not Good Lookin’ But It’s Lookin’ Good

  1. Marilyn says:

    I know how you feel but I’m a couple months ahead. I’ve already gotten rid of the clothes I haven’t worn in over a year or one that aren’t flattering. Now I’m working on slowly building my wardrobe into something I’m more happy with. I have a friend that once told me that you should only buy clothes that you would be happy to wear any day and eventually you’ll have a wardrobe of fabulous clothes and never have to say “I have nothing to wear today”. Also, if you haven’t seen this website yet check it out. It’s great!

  2. whitney says:

    oh Im on the same boat. Im so boring.

  3. Maureen says:

    I have some terrible clothes that I keep just because I feel bad about getting rid of them. I wish those people from what Not To Wear (is that show still even on?)would come tell me how awful I look and then give me a free shopping spree. That’s what I need to change my wardrobe. I think the t-shirt/cardigan combo looks great on you, by the way.

  4. niki says:

    ooh, i’m honored to be part of your inspiration.

    maybe the belt over your shirt and cardigan would have looked better if your cardigan was full length…

    if you have a full length cardigan, give it a try and let me know how it goes.

    also, you just confirmed a new feature i’ve been thinking about adding to my blog. thanks.

  5. niki says:

    oh, and with the cardigan, try leaving all the buttons undone.

  6. Are you familiar with Tim Gunn? I believe he has style tips and also has the “Must Have’s” for a woman’s wardrobe. I would say, take a look for that and start building your wardrobe based upon the essentials. I am (of course) of no help since I am a guy, but at least I can give you a resource to look into.

  7. Julie P. says:

    I think you look cute in that pic (of the outfit, but also the hair. Way cute!)

    BTW: I went to Lush this weekend and bought the shiny solid shampoo. I love it!!! I couldn’t believe how much lather I can get just from passing the bar on my hair a couple of times! So far so good, thanks for the tip!!! :)

  8. Bethany says:

    I understand what you are going through! I hate getting ready therefore I wear my b-ball shorts and sweatshirts to school and just jeans and a sweatshirt to work! I never know what to wear and I can’t even do my hair haha. At least you know how to put it up cute!

  9. really, i inspire you to be more fashionable? well that makes me feel good… even though i wore a hoodie, jeans and converse to work today :)

    thank you though. and good luck with trying out more vintage. the key to thrifting is consistency… you can’t just go once and expect to find everything awesome. make it a habit and you’ll be addicted to finding treasures.

  10. TeamHaynes says:

    Man, if you consider yourself unfashionable…I suck. Well good for you! I guess I should probably get going on that too eh? You probably shouldn’t be asking me. I think the last time I bought clothing was almost two years ago, if I’m talking about real clothes and not athletic wear/sweats. I used to be fashionable, I really did. But gaining weight and looking cute while doing it has not helped me at all. Right now I’m in between all of my clothes. I either wore it +20 pounds ago, or -20 pounds ago. It’s making me crazy! Someone even gave me some jeans the other day because she felt bad mine were so baggy. They were literally held on by my husband’s belt because…that’s the only one I have. Did I mention I got a new job? Having this job entails I could buy more clothes but for some reason its still stuck in my head that we’re way poor. We’re still way poor, but at least I might be able to afford some Target clothes…well maybe Meijer.
    I did not even think of ASU or USC colors until you mentioned it so don’t beat yourself up. At least you made an attempt. At least you can FIT into your clothes rather than just sorting through them bc they might be old. I think before you make some major decisions, you might want to go through your readers. I’m actually very good at it…even though I’m a little fashionably challenged. I have been watching What Not to Wear since the very first show, so that gives me a little bit of a one up.
    I think its pretty lucky I work 4 days a week and have exactly four pairs of work pants. That will change soon because one of those pants goes back to high school. Oh bother. My signature look is one of those pants, a nice shirt or blouse, and a sweater. I’m way boring and don’t have much to choose from. Makes it a bit easier when I have no idea what to wear in the morning. On the weekends, its jeans. I have two pairs that fit me now…cue Hallelujah chorus…and I normally pair it with a zip up hoodie, because to me that’s juuuust a little fancier than a sweatshirt. I sound like a slob. Oh bother.
    My hair works like this; I can blow dry it straight, put it in a ponytail, or wear a headband. That is it.
    Consider yourself lucky girl, you got it going on compared to me. Good luck with this endeavor, I know you will succeed. Oh, since I’m new to the cold thing…could you demonstrate how to wear a skirt in the cold? I’ve always wanted to know. Muchos Gracias!

  11. GRANMAMA says:

    I clicked on both your ads. I hope that helped in the quest for Paris.
    Te amo,
    Granmama ( and he really calls me that —sometimes!)

  12. Cristin says:

    That is a good goal. I have a goal to avoid Old Navy because I have an addiction to cheap t-shirts. I’m too old to dress like a slob ALL the time.

  13. chelsie says:

    I have some way cute clothes and can come up with cute outfits sometimes, but usually I wake up and think “if i am going to wear that cute outfit, then I need to put make up on and do my hair, that is way too much to put into myself this morning, so what hoodie is clean? “

  14. Tisha says:

    Isn’t that funny. Anytime I see you I think, “She looks so good!” Hmm.

  15. Carmen says:

    Well I always think you look good. I usually only see you on the weekends or when we are out together so I have never seen the hoodie etc look from you. Honestly you always look soo good. Hair always smooth and perfect looking. As to your question? I like button up shirts. You can dress them up or pair them with jeans and still not be too dressy. I am not the hoodie comfy pants type of girl. I don’t own a hoodie and rarely wear comfy pants all day. Anyways that’s what I like. Oh and I am AWFUL at accessorizing. I hardly own any and whenever I see anything at the store I don’t like it but when I see it on someone I think, oh, I like that. So I have decided I just need someone to buy me some and I will wear them. You up for it? :)

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  17. Megan Walter says:

    I used to basically consider sweats, t-shirts, and sweatshirts my uniform but this year I decided to (force) myself to dress nicer and it has actually been pretty fun! My favorite “staple” is my long, warm coat…like one of these:
    and just add a scarf and jeans..and even a pair of boots if im feeling especially good that morning. Its the easiest way to look like you actually planned your outfit and still be warm and comfy! :)

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  20. Jen C says:

    unfortunately i work in scrubs all day and thus have clothes i’ve SINCE HIGHSCHOOL- 10 long years ago…wowza. luckily we moved and in effort to reduce the amount of boxes that need to be packed, some lovely people in need will be wearing my old, yet still in good condition, haven’t-been-fashionable-since-2000 clothes. recently i’ve been living in my librarian sweaters (as my hubby calls them). long cardigans with pockets on the outside. love them!

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