Style refresh 2021: from frustration to fun

Happy Monday and I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!  Today I want to return to my Style Refresh 2021: from frustration to fun.

The lasts four years before and after the pandemic were so frustrating to me….I just was not sure of my style and how I wanted to dress.

Walking into my closet and even into stores had lost a little of its joy for me because I did not know where I was headed with my look in a new phase of life.

I was confident in my professional wardrobe…but, I also looked like everyone else…and not the best of me. 

I think I was dressing more for the job and not for me.  Enter frustration…..

Style Refresh 2021: from frustration to fun

So, the new Style Refresh with completely different colors and style personality direction has been liberating and so much fun.

When I went shopping with Leigh Ann last week, I selected from my wardrobe a Ming Wang jacket which I had only worn previously with nice black Eileen Fisher pants and tank. 

But, now I can pair it with my jeans and dress it down a bit and it becomes more earthy, joyful, approachable, artistic and fun (the new adjectives I want to communicate with my style).

It is interesting… when I previously wore the jacket with black, it looked very dark gray to me.  

But, when I wore it with the blue denim, an earthy green tank, and sandals, Leigh Ann pointed out that the jacket background is definitely navy blue.

Sometimes when we pair things differently we can see them differently and really see the garment as it was designed to be!

I love how the Style Refresh is leading me to take time to look at my wardrobe with new lenses and take me on a journey to true Pamela-style!

Style Refresh 2021: From Frustration to fun

Style Refresh 2021: from frustration to fun

I know there are some that believe color palettes and style personalities are restrictive and boring.

So far, I have experienced the exact opposite.  I now find shopping to be more fun, and liberating.  For me, it actually means less rules…replaced by guidelines which make good sense.

I have always enjoyed a good treasure hunt…so shopping now is hunting for the new style!

It was frustrating in the past to see so much volume that might work and not know how to pare it down and make it unique to me. 

While my adjectives helped to sharpen the professional me, they became blurry when I left that world.

Style Refresh 2021: from frustration to fun

So, on this shopping day, I walked into Nordstrom and looked over the top of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale racks… we were not allowed to go past yellow tape yet.

But, it was easier to see a few colors and prints that are me and not be compelled to look at other pieces.  I think that is much easier and saves time and money!

Then we can go down to the Nordstrom cafe and lunch with friends…with the saved time and money…and leave behind past frustration for fun!

Style Refresh 2021: from frustration to fun

As I have said recently, it is the first time I am committed to following what a stylist has told me to do. 

But the longer I go into the process, the more I see the value of being teachable and open to listening to what Annie Castano, online stylist,  has told me….right down to necklines and shapes of garments.

It really is fun and helping me to look my best at this time.  The colors and the styling has made a huge difference for me.

There are many mixed messages about style online…sort carefully through what you read, even here, and think about what makes the most sense for you. 

As promised, I have a slideshow for you today of pieces in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale which might be of interest to other color palettes and styles …..

Thank you to everyone who takes the time to read, shop with my links, and even send a donation through the coffee app….every reader and follower is so important to me and your support financially keeps me here.  Thank you so much.

I hope everyone has left wardrobe frustration behind and is having more fun with your style.  If not, please let me know how I can help.


By Pamela Lutrell


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