How an Email Changed My Life

(An admittedly far-too-dramatic title, but hey, now I have your attention!)

I have hardly tried to hide the fact that I have no idea how to dress myself. Putting together an outfit has never been my strong point, and in fact, I would say for most of my life, I didn’t even know what “putting together an outfit” meant. To me, getting dressed meant finding a shirt, finding a pair of pants, and calling it a day. I knew how to wear everything in my closet exactly one way, which is a pretty good way to get sick of what you own.

Eventually I tired of living like this, so I had Erin consult my closet. I started pinning outfits on Pinterest to give myself an idea of what a put-together outfit looked like. While this got me moving in the right direction–I can wear cardigans with more than just camis! I don’t have to always wear this scarf with that shirt!–I lost steam pretty quickly and found myself back in the grab-a-shirt-grab-a-pair-of-pants method of getting dressed.

In November, though, Erin blogged about StyleUp, and for the first time in my life, I feel like I know how to dress myself.

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StyleUp is an AWESOME (and free!) service that e-mails you once a day with outfit inspiration. StyleUp takes a variety of factors into consideration–your self-selected style profile, your zip code, your age–and sends you one e-mail at a time of your choosing with a photo and description to provide you with inspiration for what to wear the next day based on your style and the forecast (or same day, if you choose to receive the e-mail in the morning).

I can’t even begin to tell you how much of an impact this has had on how I dress. While I don’t always take StyleUp’s suggestions literally, it, at the very least, gives me an idea of how to use what I have in my closet to create different outfits. I’ve worn clothes I hadn’t worn in ages and paired together pieces I never would’ve thought to pair together, all because I had a picture show up in my inbox and said to myself, “Yes, I can make that or something very much like that happen with what I already own.”

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While fashion still isn’t remarkably high on my priority list, I do have to say that actually putting together an outfit (as opposed to just wearing whatever I pulled out of my closet) really has made an impact on my confidence. Being able to look in the mirror and say, “Wow, I look put together–no, I look good–today,” feels a lot better than leaving my apartment thinking, “Welp, this is as good as it’s gonna get.”

StyleUp has no idea who I am, so they certainly didn’t ask me to write this post or any of that nonsense. I’ve genuinely noticed a huge positive impact in my own style by getting these e-mails, though, and, well, there’s nothing particularly exciting going on in my life at the moment, so I figured this was worth sharing with all of you 😛

Do you plan your outfits ahead of time? When I was little, my parents would always make us lay out our clothes the night before. I stopped doing that as soon as they stopped making me, but got back into it in college and MAN does it save time in the morning.

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12 thoughts on “How an Email Changed My Life

  1. My closet is full of classic pieces… and lots of solids. It’s easier to coordinate and I’m too poor to buy things that will only last a season. So I’m a little boring. However, I’m making a true effort to add a few more accessories to “spruce up” my look. Work in progress…

    • For a long time my “clothes shopping” was really “accessory shopping.” You can get so many! They’re so much cheaper! You can get trendy without worrying about throwing too much money away! I’m so hesitant to buy trendy clothes for the same reason–I don’t want to own something that will be out of style in two months!

  2. This is a really cool idea! I have zero style so something like this would actually be really helpful. I have my doubts (I feel like there would be nothing in my closet that could be worn differently) but maybe I should sign up and give it a shot!

    • Ah, see, and therein lies your problem! Open mind. Gotta go into this with an open mind. If you can look at a picture and say, “You know, I don’t a brown vest, but I do have a brown sweater, and hey, I actually have a green scarf that’s kind of the shade of he green shirt she’s waring under that vest! I can do this!” you’re all set. Just using the pictures for inspiration (rather than rules) has been a huge help for me.

  3. I may need to check this out at least for the weekends haha. I tend to wear the same stuff during the week with the boys (thermals, race shirts, sweatshirts, and jeans which can get crap on them and i don’t care), but I have been trying to be slightly more fashionable on the weekends…this might be just the thing to keep me moving the right direction! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  4. I’m so happy that StyleUp is working for you! I mean, I have no stake in their company but I think it’s such a fun concept and I love hearing that it’s helping you interpret as opposed to recreate outfits.

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