10 Confessions of a Low-Maintenance Fashionista

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My Instagram feed is ruled by beautiful and stylish people. And most of the time, it’s inspiring — I see looks I’d love to try and places I’d love to go.

But we all have those other days. The days when you feel like the only girl in the world who sometimes forgets deodorant and spends the day hiding sweat stains. Or, who sometimes ventures outside without—gasp!—a perfect blush of color on the lips. On those days, your amazingly beautiful IG feed starts to feel, well, condescending and oppressive.

For those other days, a good dose of reality is in order. Because no one is forever photo-ready. In that spirit, here are 10 confessions from this low-maintenance fashionista. And, consider yourself warned: Number 9 is kinda embarrassing.

1. Wearing the Same Thing Thrice

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Same pants, three different ways!

I buy clothes, shoes and accessories based on value. And in fashion, value has a very simple definition: what does it cost me and how many times will I wear it?

This “cost per wear” approach clashes with that old idea that women shouldn’t be seen wearing the same piece twice. I don’t know where that idea came from, but can we please do away with it? I like wearing my clothes repeatedly — this is how I maximize their value.

Plus, finding new ways to mix and match what’s in my closet to create new outfits is fun. Where’s the challenge in continually restocking with new stuff?

2. This is Yesterday’s Hair

I have fine, thin hair and I’m paranoid about breakage and hair loss. So, I try to get as many days out of a single blow-dry (or flatiron) as possible.

And yes, there’s a shower cap and dry shampoo involved in this strategy. Nordstrom sells fancy shower caps for $16, but I’m currently using one that I got for free in a hotel. Glamorous, right?

3. Jeans Rut Pride

In the cooler months, you might say I fall into the jeans rut. Skinny jeans, to be exact. But you know what? I don’t care. I like wearing denim. It goes with everything and it’s generally flattering. And, think of the value I’m getting out of those jeans!

It’s only a rut if you want to get out of it, right?

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