I know the content in the past couple of weeks has not been typical for Wardrobe Oxygen. To be honest, most of 2020 hasn't been typical. But if you have read my blog for any amount of time, you know that Wardrobe Oxygen isn't just about what to wear. It's about style, and style goes beyond your closet. Fashion is what you wear, style is how you wear it. And how you are as a person, how you interact with the world, how you choose what's in your closet, how you choose to represent yourself is what makes up your style. This is why I have expanded the content on this site over the years to include fitness and wellness, travel and events, beauty and aging.
We are more than our closets. Style is the combination of what we wear with who we are.
That being said, I want to share a bit of a schedule for Wardrobe Oxygen right now, so you know what to expect. I have lost many followers recently, and gained several new ones and want you all to know what is coming when you click on your email for a new post, open your browser, or visit me from social media.
- Monday: Mondays from now on will be my personal style. Right now as I am still at home 99% of the time, it will be a compilation post of what I wore recently. I will share a photo of my outfit (often a mirror selfie), details about what I wore (brand, size, etc.) and why I wore it. I will often link to a previous post when I wore the same garment or outfit. I will have links on how to purchase that look; I will only do “similar” links if it truly is a similar choice. When my area begins opening up or when I have a really great look, Monday will be an outfit post like I had before quarantine: several photos of a single outfit, breaking down why I put it together, offering a variety of pieces from different retailers to achieve the look in different sizes, colors, and priceranges. While I have been posting at 6am ET for Mondays, I cannot commit to that right now because weekends have really been unexpected in recent weeks and I can't be sure I'll have time to build this post by that point. But it will be live. Note today is a bit different; my personal style will be on the blog tomorrow because I shared this today.
- Wednesday: Wednesday will be fashion, the kind of content Wardrobe Oxygen is known for. Capsule wardrobes, answering readers' fashion questions, discussing trends, style rules, offering advice on style-related issues. This will be a mix of brand new content, and taking posts from the archives and updating them with new perspective, new information, and new brands. These posts, unless there are extenuating circumstances, will go live at 6am ET.
- Friday: Friday will be about shopping, retail, sales, and that sort of thing. I had started The Friday Shop and loved the concept, but now with it coming to light that many of our favorite retailers have been taking advantage of Black influencers, have racist practices in their headquarters, and overall not as ethical as portrayed, I am going to stop this series until I can get a better grip of how to share fashion and shopping that represents the style of Wardrobe Oxygen while also representing the ethics of Wardrobe Oxygen. So for now, Fridays will be a mixed bag, but will continue to focus on fashion and shopping. These posts may also end up being later than 6am ET, but will always be live no later than noon ET.
- Saturday: Saturday will continue to be Weekend Reads. Weekend Reads starts with me rambling about a random personal thought from the week, then offers a way to help others, then I have the Weekend Reads section where I curate articles from across the internet that I found interesting. Occasionally, there are links to retailers in there too if an item caught my eye. After this, I have a See/Hear/Read section where I share what I am reading, listening to, and watching on TV or streaming apps. I often choose these based on your comments on previous Weekend Reads, kind of like a virtual book club. And then I end each Weekend Read with a new music video of an artist I think you'd enjoy. These post will never be later than 8am ET and 99% of the time they will go live at 6am ET.
As for Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday… that will vary. Some weeks there may not be content, other weeks I may write all seven days. The content may be about fashion, or it may be one of my outfits, or beauty, or fitness, or wellness, or “woo.” It also may be about politics, or human rights, or the environment, or systemic racism. Since the beginning, Wardrobe Oxygen has focused on fashion, but I have always written about my beliefs. And I will continue to do so. Staying silent is not stylish, and thinking we can “return to normal” after all that has happened in 2020 is tackier than any fashion faux pas.
Anyone who has read Wardrobe Oxygen more than a few months knows this site keeps changing as I change as an individual, the world changes, and the retail landscape changes. Being stagnant isn't stylish, whether it's what you wear or how you think. This site has been growing and changing for 15 years; I am not the same person I was 15 years ago and I can bet you aren't either. I cannot commit to this schedule staying this way for any specific period of time, but it is my goal. I thank you for joining me in this community, I hope together we can learn and grow and through it, become more stylish both through attire and actions.