Tabatha Wharton



a year in the life of my evolving, offbeat aesthetic as i navigate being
a mid-30s-femme-grown-up-emo-punk-single-mom-graduate-student-non-profit-employee-fashionista.

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So when I first had the idea for this project, it formed as a far more structured (and therefore restrictive) theme. What my brain kept trying to do was make it go one of three ways — an entire year of wearing all-black outfits, an entire year of seasonal capsule wardrobes, or an entire year of not buying anything new and wearing only what I already own.

These are all great ideas and ones I know other people have tackled in the past, each of them with merit and enough of a challenge aspect to keep them interesting and to push the participant past their comfort zones, for sure.

But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I didn’t want to be limited to all one color — despite what may be clearly my general preference, I do enjoy wearing color, and I didn’t want to get trapped into having to acquire more clothing or doing a ton of laundry and recycling the same outfits on a loop in order to maintain a monochromatic goal. And while I love the idea of a capsule wardrobe, I’d have to build one, and the roles of my life are so varied that I’m not sure a capsule could … encapsulate … everything I would need it to in order to feel like I was bringing my best self to each sector of my life. And as for not buying anything for a year — while I surely have a varied enough wardrobe to likely accomplish such a feat, I’ve gone through a major weight loss over the last year and a great deal of my closet is the wrong size, never mind that my personal style is shifting away from what it has been over the past few years … which is kind of the point of this whole project, is that documentation of my style becoming different as I hit my mid-30s.

All of that to say that this isn’t actually the same black t-shirt and jeans from last week, but a different, old t-shirt and a new pair of jeans because I’ve worn my other pair nearly to death and Old Navy had a sale I couldn’t pass up.

And yes, I did match my bra to my shoes thank you for noticing I am nothing if not detail-oriented. And then it started to rain. The end.

Black dolman pocket t-shirt & distressed black skinny jeans: Old Navy
Cropped utility jacket: Target
Pins: gifted
Moonstone cube earrings & two-tone necklace: TJ Maxx
Sunglasses: Kate Spade
Purple hightop Adidas Neo Cloudforms: Nordstrom Rack