It happens when I’m feeling unbelievably bored. Or when or I’m undeniably sad. When I’m about to hit the town or just on a random Sunday. Alone in my apartment, something comes over me and I want to explore who I am and who I can be.
Turning on my Spotify and opening my closet doors, I embark on a play-filled journey to the potential of clothes.
Playing dress-up is much more than childs’ play. For fashion lovers it’s a way to mix things up, shake up the status quo and discover what styles make you feel alive. There’s really no rhyme or reason to playing dress-up. Try on a dress here, pull out a skirt here. The only rule is to have fun. Make faces, dance, mix patterns, take pictures, clash, mash-up and come out feeling more like yourself than ever.
Actress and comedian, Tracee Ellis Ross said of playing dress up
“Part of the process is that I play dress up when I have free time and photograph the looks (something I learned from when I worked in the magazine world). It’s like I’m prepping for the fashion story of my life.”
The fashion story of your life, is peppered by amazing clothes and true expression of who you are. Just like a chef, chopping and adding a spice to create a new flavorful concoction, you are the cook, your wardrobe the spice and your style the end result: a unique blend of savoriness.
When it feels like my wardrobe isn’t truly reflective of who I am I play dress-up. I pair things like I’ve never worn them. Cast aside things that no longer feel right and I have a great time getting better acquainted with my clothes. If I’m feeling particularly keen, I take photos or write down exceptional combinations to wear again.
Playing dress-up strengthens my style muscle. It jogs my creativity and when I’m done I’m ready to share my new fashion story with the world.
How do you rewrite your fashion story? Do you play dress-up?