Old Navy cardi (old, similar here); Madewell tee; Old Navy jeans; Minnetonka boots; Oia Jules necklace.
I kind of went a little crazy this weekend. I walked around my house and looked at all the stuff we have accumulated. I started to wonder why exactly it was here. Was it because it was filler? Hand me downs from our early days of marriage? Stuff bought by me on impulse?
I went into my closet holding two, large trash bags. Let me preface this by saying, I’ve been on a shopping binge since Christmas. The sales! I’ve bought six pairs of shoes in the past three weeks. Six! I have four racks in my closet filled to the brim with shoes and I bought more. In reality I really wear about four of those pairs.
I had this idea a week ago after having some online shopping fun (I’ll explain the reason behind my shopping later.) I want everything in my closet to be things I love. Things I wear. I’m 32, shouldn’t I know what I like by now?
I decided to be ruthless. Anything that I haven’t worn in the past six months had to go. It didn’t matter how much it cost, it had to go. I ended up filling one bag, then two.
In the end I left only what I really wear, what I really love. And it’s not much, to tell you the truth. I learned a couple of things while I was editing.
1) I rarely love anything I buy at Marshall’s. Don’t get me wrong, I adore the prices there. Yet most of the cheaper items have that cheap, polyester feel to them that creeps me out. I wear them once for some dinner or event and then it stays there, never to be worn again.
2) I tossed four shirts from Stylemint. At $29.99 each, that hurts. I think I was drawn to the name and the fun of a “members only”shopping experience, when in reality I didn’t always love the designs. I do have a dress that I love from there, but everything else was tossed.
3) I love most everything I buy from Target. They have great basics with fun details. I never pay that much for anything there. They have amazing shoes, accessories and clothes. A lot of the things I kept are from there.
4) Another clothing brand I love is Zara. They are pricier than Target, yet I have never been disappointed by the quality of their clothes or jewelry. If I am going to spend more, I want to make sure it is worth it. I feel Zara is worth it.
5) I discovered that I like to wear comfortable things. Surprise! I like tunics, skinny jeans, low heeled boots, fun jewelry. I love popping an outfit with great accessories or having fun details on a piece of clothing, like studs or leather.
In conclusion (it sounds like I’m writing a college paper again…) I am making a pact with you.
1) I will not shop for clothing, shoes or accessories for the next 30 days. I would like to go to 60, but baby steps, right?
2) I will use more of what I have in different ways. I wear the same things a lot, then get sick of them and buy more. No more. Reuse, reuse, reuse.
3) I will be happier with what I have and not always want more. Having less, shopping less, I hope it makes me want less.
I need people to back me up, help keep me consistent and on this path I want to be on. Also, I would love to help anyone that would like to join me in this challenge! Leave me a comment or shoot me an email and we can be in this together.