When your brain is drained of all coherent thought, or racing faster then Mighty Mouse, it can be a daunting task to just get dressed let alone look presentable. Yet, everyday it is important to try the best you can to take care of yourself. Self-care is so valuable to your mental health. The inner voices in your head may be telling you you’re not worth it, but by taking care of yourself you are telling those voices they are not going to win!
So now you are standing fiercely before your wardrobe, completely confused as to what to put on. First things first, you need to clean our your wardrobe and organise your accessories. You can read about how to do this here and here. Secondly, you need to discover your personal style so you can easily coordinate your mornings, making life a little easier on yourself.
I can be hard being bipolar to narrow down on just one style as our moods can change so rapidly, and mania can send us on insane shopping sprees buying things no one in their right mind would ever actually wear. I suggest you start with what you already have. Really look at the clothes you wear the most, and look at why. Ask those around you, your friends and family, which outfits they like the best on you. This will give you a good idea of where to begin.
This will also help you see which items of clothing you never wear. Pull these out of your closet and set them aside. Also take out anything that doesn’t fit quite right or is uncomfortable. Now look at your closet, this is your current staple, go-to wardrobe.
Of course we are never satisfied with what we have, and inevitably we are going to be buying more clothes eventually, so why not get smart about the whole process of shopping for clothes. It is easy to get swept away by fabulously styled mannequins and shop displays (I should know, I used to set those up), but finding your own style is much more complicated.
Take your time with the next step. I will be going over how to find your exact style in the next post. Currently, you should have a clean, organised closet, filled with your Go-To-Basics. This is the time to gather intel: what clothes and colours those around you like on you. Don’t be put off by what they say. Your mother may love that flowered, pastel tea dress on you, which you hate, but maybe it’s the shape of the dress she likes or maybe the colours. Don’t ignore any advice, gather all your intel and get ready for Step 2.
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