I’ve had a lot of time to reflect on my wardrobe since we arrived in Paris. This kind of reflection is hardly unusual – writing about your personal style is like putting your wardrobe under a microscope and treating it as an ongoing experiment. For the past six years, not a day has gone by that I haven’t given some kind of thought to what is missing from my wardrobe, what pieces I’m no longer in love with, and how I can restyle the pieces in my closet I’m excited about. What has changed, in Paris, is my daily life. Two years ago, I left the office to work from home. It was, in so many ways, the best decision, particularly for my health, since it allowed me to adopt a schedule of taking exercise breaks instead of coffee breaks. These breaks have gone a long way to keeping me sane, but they haven’t exactly lead to sartorial excitement – I spend most of my day working in some form of activewear, because it just makes more sense than changing my clothes three times a day. And while it’s comfortable, it is not exactly what anyone would call stylish. My tastes have evolved significantly over that two year period, but my wardrobe hasn’t really caught up – it hasn’t needed to, since I really only plan about four outfits per week instead of seven. It occurred to me as I was packing for Paris that most of my everyday staples are clothes I bought in the fall of 2014, shortly because I left the office for good. When you only have to get dressed if you want to, it’s easy to feel justified in shopping for totally impractical clothes that look better in photos than they feel to wear. I did my best to pack a suitcase full of clothes I would truly want to wear on a daily basis in Paris, but it seems, upon reflection, that I only halfway succeeded. And so, in a moment of utter frustration while getting dressed a few weeks ago, I made myself a promise – from now on, I will not allow anything into my wardrobe that I can’t feel totally comfortable in after we’ve put the camera away. It’s going to be an adjustment – a slow one, probably, since we had already taken an awful lot of Paris photos before I came to what should have been a pretty obvious realization. A full length gown is not practical in every situation, although they are always beautiful and this one remains a favourite; if you want to wear one, you should never let anything or anyone stop you. But if you reach a point in your life where you don’t want to wear them all the time anymore – and that is exactly where I’m at right now – that’s okay, too.
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