I will always make the case for updating my closet, or anyone else’s look. But my hair is pretty much off-limits.
I’ve been afraid to do anything too drastic, sticking to three basic styles: bangs, mid-length or a long, layered hair. (Not including the highlights I got for eighth grade graduation.) My hair was my one constant in every look.
That is, until last Friday.
I went in to get my ends cut and came out with the shortest my hair has ever been! Queue the swap of emotions from love, to hate, then love again.
It reminded me a lot of that feeling when you go through your closet for the first time in a while. Every piece you put in the pile for donation starts to look better and better with each passing minute. Then, you take it out of the pile and wear it two weeks later. You know the feeling: it grows on you.
Now, not only am I trying out different styles each morning, but this new cut is giving me the confidence to experiment with other aspects of my look.
The same thing happens when you break a style rut. Trying something new is contagious.
These pictures were taken just after I got the haircut. Don’t worry, I wasn’t driving when I took them.
Despite my “poof daddy” past, (I had a hairpin-hiding mini fro of curls, growing up.) I’m learning to embrace volume again and even how to style my hair with a blow dryer. On top of that, I used the heat yesterday to experiment with a French braid for work, which is FAR from my everyday look!
I can’t wait to try out even more styles – both new outfits and hairstyles – when I get home tonight.
What does this whole hair story have to do with designer fashion on a budget?
Getting the best deals and taking on high-fashion styles come with a little risk. You have to be willing to look at things from a new perspective, try out a different look and just step out of your comfort zone.
You’ll never know Costco has Burberry and Versace bags, until you look. (I saw a few this past year and they had some awesome discounts!) Nor, will you learn what designer collections you like best each season.
Dior, Alexander McQueen, Chanel and the like will never stop experimenting. Their role is to evolve and ours is to see if it fits into our personal style/daily life.
It’s the act of trying new things and being open to opportunities that helps us to grow.
So, the next time you go shopping or look in your closet and can’t find a thing to wear, think differently. How would something look if you remix it? Change out the buttons or pair that skirt with a different top. You may just love what you find.
I know I do!
Are you planning a style change or a new haircut for the summer? Tell me about it in the comments! I can’t wait to see what you come up with.
Have a great weekend, everyone!