There was a great line in the Hulu series Only Murders in the Building starring Martin Short, Steve Martin, and Selena Gomez (which I haven’t finished yet so no spoilers in the comment section.) Steve Martin says, “How do you carve a statue of an elephant?” “Easy. Just get a block of stone and carve away everything that doesn’t look like an elephant.” That quote, which is very much like the quote about how Michelangelo sculpted in marble — that every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it — inspired today’s post.
A few weeks ago, I talked about how women search for their personal style and what a futile effort that can be, particularly when it comes to giving your style a label or a name. So when I say “finding your style,” I am not implying finding it so you can define it and give it some sort of definition. What I mean is, finding the clothing and styles that feel authentic to you. Women go on searches to find their style and often the majority of the effort is done through their own version of hunting and gathering. If they buy more something might click. After all, shopping is a numbers game, eventually, the odds will swing in your favor. But doing it this way is a backward approach, especially when you have a lot of information at your fingertips you can utilize without shopping for more. It’s through eliminating.