Recently many of blogs I read have been doing “fashion” posts. Photos of what they’re wearing and brands that they like. With the dawn of Pinterest no one is at a loss of ideas for fashion. Several fellow FitFluential Ambassadors have even started a new series called Sunday Sweat To Street. What a great idea! Be sure to check out Charlotte, Emily, Samantha, Erika, and Tenecia’s blogs.
I’d love to join in this trend; alas fashion is not my forte. I don’t post what I’m wearing because to be quite honest, I wear the same things day in and day out. After someone reads this I have a feeling they’re going to turn me in as a submission for the show What Not To Wear. Oh boy. I guess I am putting myself out there.
My wardrobe consists of: workout/running/gym clothes, zip-up hoodies, graphic t-shirts, and jeans.
Weekdays you’ll find me wearing one of my race t-shirts, a long sleeve Nike t-shirt over that (or another long sleeve race t-shirt), Adidas shorts/jeans, and a pair of my retired Mizuno running shoes. Remember, I’m a custodian. I get dirty and sweat, hence my wardrobe.
Weekends, chances are you’ll find me wearing some sort of graphic t-shirt or sweater (with long sleeved t-shirt underneath) with jeans and my Toms shoes or Chucks in the winter. Come summer I have every color of “wife beater” tank available and I still sport my capris from a few years ago. I despise short shorts. My body was not designed for them. I’ve also taken to flowing sundresses.
Do you see a trend here?
I do not go anywhere without a zip-up hoodie. Period. I have multiples and I rotate them out. I’m always too hot or too cold so carrying one is a must. I guess I could go with something more fashionable.
I have very few dress clothes. The only reason I ever dress up is for weddings and since these are usually for family members I can’t repeat the same outfit. In addition my weight fluctuates so much that chances are my outfit won’t fit the same anyway. We live in medium-sized town and don’t do fancy dates nights nor do I go out to have drinks with friends which means dress clothes aren’t needed. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE special occasions and to get all dressed up, but I want a good reason to fork over the money for an outfit I’ll wear once.
Yes, I’ve sported my Chucks with a dress before
I buy in multiples and if I find something that works I go back and buy several…one in each color. This sweater: I also have it in purple.
Although not entirely loyal to a single brand for all of my clothing, I am loyal to specific brands for specific articles of clothing. As with above, when I find something that works I stick with it. Not only do I stick with the same brand, but the exact same style too. Chantelle T-Shirt Bra, Nike Pro-Fit Sports Bra, Jockey Naturals Underwear, Gap Curvy Flare Jeans, Old Navy Bootcut Diva Jeans, Mizuno Wave Rider Shoes, Nike Tempo Shorts, Adidas Astro Pants, Nike Thermal Pro-Fit Top, Target C9 1/4 zip polar fleece pullovers, Target C9 running skirts, Columbia gloves/baselayer/jacket. You get the idea. Some of these I already spoke about in my Favorites.
Many Phases Of Mizuno – I’m on my 5th pair of Mizuno Wave Riders
My mind is constantly in motion and never shuts down…ever. I’m constantly (over) analyzing every little detail, so the easier I can make it for myself, from food to clothing, the better. This is a huge reason I left my previous profession for my current less mentally demanding position. By doing so this let’s me focus on the details in my life that REALLY matter.
I’ll be honest, there’s a piece of me that would love to be a fashionista. I’d love to go to the Oscars, wearing a rocking dress, or live some glamorous life that calls for fashion to be important. But that’s not the life I live.
It’s not that I don’t have fashion sense. On the contrary, not only do I have it but I can appreciate it too. You may think, “You need to step out of your comfort zone.” That has nothing to do with it. I have always been known for wearing “loud” ensembles. I love color, mixing things up, and still do it randomly to this day (remember my virtual Sparkle Run getup?), so that’s not it either. And although I may be locked in on a certain brand or style right now, it doesn’t mean I won’t try something new. I love trying new things…but they have to work for me.
What it comes down to is I just base my fashion on functionality. In recent years I’ve scaled back on my material items and have tried to include clothing in on that. I will admit I still have a decent amount of clothing, but I have functional clothing that I can wear from day-to-day. Considering the majority of my life revolves around swimming, biking, running, working out, or work…that’s what my wardrobe consists of. If I can find articles of clothing/brands that are versatile enough to go from workout to street clothing, I’m all for it!
So are you going to turn me in to the fashion police?
What article(s) of clothing can’t you live without?
Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)