As far as cleanses are concerned, I don’t believe in them. The thought of juicing makes me stabby. I’m an adult and I feel like I can eat, drink, and shop as much as I want—or don’t want too. Plus, I’m an even-keeled person so I rarely do anything to an extreme. But recently I found myself in a bit of an outfit rut. Every look involved the same pairs of a jeans, a sweater, and boots. How boring.
To break the cycle I decided to post a photo of myself in a pair of Balenciaga pants I bought because I was going to “wear them all the time” (but have worn them less than five times since I bought them six months ago) and declared I was going to wear more pants. Unclear on exactly how I long I was going to last on this denim cleanse, I set out on this style challenge and picked up a few lessons along the way.
Cut down on the crap
Seriously! You own too much stuff. I own too much stuff. The world owns too much stuff. And I know this because of the time I spent staring into an abyss of just-alright pants, so-so jumpsuits and dresses, and shirts that were kind of cute…question mark? Purge, purge, purge—so when you set on an adventure to switch up your style you’ll be working with pieces you truly love, making the process significantly easier.
Plan your outfits ahead of time
A few years ago a former ELLE.com editor told me she’d plan her week’s worth of outfits every Sunday night. I thought she was nuts. Who lays out their clothes ahead of time? What is this, 5th grade? Isn’t the fun part of getting dressed just going with the flow? For some, sure. But I spent one too many mornings tearing through my wardrobe looking for a pair of pants and top to wear with them because *spoiler alert* I actually don’t own that many pairs of pants! If I’d taken the night before to lay out a look the getting dressed process would have been significantly easier and far less stressful. That’s what I get for being so judge-y.
Jeans actually aren’t that comfortable
At least the kind of jeans I prefer to wear: vintage, stiff, and with a high-rise. I found that I could kick and stretch (an old SNL reference for the youngs who are reading) in pants.
They aren’t that warm, either
On a particularly cold AF day in New York I was pleasantly surprised to find that my Uniqlo heat-teach pants worked perfectly under velvet kick flare pants from 3 x 1. Layering under jeans is not easy, and definitely not as comfortable.
A pair of pants instantly makes you feel put together
On many of the days I simply swapped out a pair of jeans for trousers and felt far more put together than I would have expected. I’m a fairly confident person, and try not to worry too much about what people could possibly think of my outfit, but even I enjoyed these often-complimented polished looks. Which lead me to my final discovery…
It’s okay to look like you tried
Every day of this denim cleanse I had to work at putting together an outfit that stayed true to my personal style, while also pushing me out of my comfort-zone. Effortless style is generally perceived as the “best” kind of style, but what’s so bad about putting together an outfit that says “I give a damn”? Nothing, I say!
Ready to try a denim cleanse? Shop my pants picks and use the hashtag #pantsme to share your new outfits.
I had the BEST time hosting my #castmejcrew holiday party in DC! Thank you to everyone who came out to support, Shy from @thestylisted who made sure my makeup was on point (she killed it!) and of course @jcrew for the LEWK. Special props to my dad who took this photo on the iPad and mom who art directed and sold a puffer vest on my behalf ❤️ also: this is day 8 of no jeans.