BUT, do not fear. I mean, I did for a second, but then... Swide.com would rather have me as a weekly columnist. And the article was not suited for a weekly column! So... while it is sad that the article won't be on the site- OTHER articles will. Every single week. And of course, all of you will be the first ones to know.
However, I HATE wasting things. So, I wanted to publish the article here so everyone could see. It is really long... Sorry. Hope you enjoy:
You know that girl who always tells the BEST stories and can make a simple visit to the pet store sound funny? Apparently, that’s me. You see, I was the world’s most awkward teenager. I quickly realized I’d never, ever get dates to the Valentine’s Dance, so I decided to be funny instead. I also was really, really clueless about clothes. I dedicated my time to reading fashion magazines and imagining myself as a young, twenty something who was so super stylish and awesome. I was actually quoted, numerous times, saying I just couldn’t wait for a credit card and I was just going to CHARGE IT. Being awesome was the goal.
Well, thankfully as the years passed I kind of grew into my ears and figured out how to put together an outfit. I think. I still spend hours studying fashion magazines, and thank the heavens- I still can be funny. My friends have been begging me to start blogging for years, because rumor has it that no one can recap the night before like me. I love to tell stories and I love to write. So I caved, and I started a blog. However, I figured out in about 3.4 days that my life is fairly boring. After a post about how pretty my town is (Boise, Idaho) and another about how soft my cat is (seriously, I should probably get her coat insured)… I realized I was not creating anything anyone wanted to read. I needed a topic, a story, SOMETHING other than just my miscellaneous thoughts. I mean, my thoughts are legit- just not really entertaining. So, I decided I would stop shopping for a year and created StopShop on April 1, 2010. Boom. I think since I’ve made my own money, I have been playing junior high catch up and just making up for all of the years I didn’t shop or know how to shop. So, I’m an addict. I’ve found that really nothing brings me more joy than sale signs, dressing rooms, and the thrill of walking out of the store victorious. It seemed impossible- because no shopping means no new clothes, no new accessories, and no new shoes. That scarf on sale at Target for like $3.80? The amazing, sequined vintage jacket at the thrift shop by my house? Or the once in a lifetime deal on J. Brand’s? Yeah. I can’t have any of those. It legitimately hurts my heart. Like, I should probably be on some sort of medication to handle this. But, I have my writing topic, and I am happy to be writing. I am not really happy with the fact the year is still 4 months from ending… but I feel pretty awesome having made it this far. And like I said, being awesome was the goal.
So, if you can’t shop for a year… you gotta work with what you got. How annoying, right? Trust me, it has been an ordeal. Those mornings where you feel like you have nothing to wear… is how I start my day, EVERY day. It is seriously a miracle that I don’t break out into hives in the middle of my walk-in closet. But, it is all in the styling. So, when I study those magazines, I pick out what I like and do my best to re-create it. I wanted to show you, my new Swide.com readers, that it is possible to create many looks with one item. My particular weakness is white v-neck t-shirts. For real, I am going to buy 900 when I can shop again. So, I grabbed my favorite white v-neck from Madewell and put together 7 different looks. I also grabbed my favorite photographer, Amanda of AmmoPhotog for some help showing you the outfits of a reformed shop-a-holic. Let’s all give her a moment of silent appreciation before I dive into my outfits because otherwise, we’d all be staring at blurry iPhone pictures… and for all you’d know I’d be wearing the same outfit in each picture.
THE HOLIDAY PARTY GIRL:
This is another example of basically… how I look every day of the week. I work in a super casual office and am able to wear denim. I consider skinny jeans, flats, a cardigan, and a cute scarf my ‘work uniform.’ So, so, so comfy it should be illegal. This look includes the obvious… a white v-neck. And my every day look always includes a white v-neck. This is why I sometimes would invest in those Hanes 3-packs you get in the men’s underwear section. In addition- I forgot to tell you that just because I can’t shop doesn’t mean I can’t accept gifts. It would be RUDE to not accept gifts. So, my dear friend Lindy and her mother picked out this amazing H&M scarf for me and it was just in time for a blizzard, for real. I love the contrast of it against the white top and the pink cardigan.
THE MILITARY BRAT:
Hopefully this has given you all some new outfit ideas, but more so I hope it has shown you that you really don’t need all new things ALL the time. You can mix and match and make any look you want with a few basics, and some unexpected pairings. Anyone can wear a white v-neck with a pair of jeans and sneakers, but I am nearly 800% positive that with a little extra thought and planning, you can be totally awesome. My 8th grade self would be SO jealous (though probably disappointed that I don’t have a BMW yet). For more outfit ideas FULL of old clothes, you can follow me on twitter @kelliryder or always catch my blog, StopShop. And to all the other normal girls out there, don’t worry- you really don’t have to be boring no matter where you live. Wear what you want, and be happy… because I swear, happy is always in style.