I have been in a little bit of a style rut. I keep making things, and of course, wearing things, but I haven't had the money to buy things, and realized very recently that my clothing has slowly migrated from clothing that I've found magical and inspiring to clothing that is practical and just 'okay.' I really feel that clothing... while it's primarily physical and surface and material, is also an expression of self that reaches down a lot deeper into what you do. If you're a knitter, you might get this feeling when you see tiny, useless buttons on the edge of a mitten, or a purely decorative picot hem, or a very intricate cable. These things speak to us - they say, 'make me, use me, wear me'. All clothing speaks to me in this way, and I have been ignoring it's siren call in favor of saving money.
So how do you do it, save money but still feel enchanted with your clothes? Do you thrift? Do you save for a special piece? Do you make yourself enchanting things out of fabric or yarns, or drape yourself in jewelry, or re-mix what you own? I'm going to be experimenting a lot with my style in the next month or so, as fall changes over to winter and I have more clothing to experiment with. I am giving up on Project 333 - too much limitation, I feel, just doesn't let me be as expressive as I'd like. I've been pinning things on Pinterest - maybe I should make a few of them?
Oh, and this blog - for inspiration - have any of you read 'Closet Visit'? I completely owe this new clothing verve to it's author, Jeana Sohn, who has suddenly reminded me that I love clothes. I love them. I truly, truly do.