Friday, April 17, 2015

Sandal Season

Top:  LOFT (last fall) - Pants:  LOFT (last spring) - Shoes:  Target (hand me down from my sis-in-law)

It's officially my first day wearing sandals this year! A much needed pedicure is happening today.  I need one a) because it is now above freezing and acceptable to wear sandals outside and b) I'm leaving for vacation on Sunday!  There will many bare feet and flip flop days next week.

As for this outfit, it is another basic one but I feel comfortable (except for my feet being a little cold!). 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Rule of Thirds

Sweater:  August Silk via Macy's (a few years ago) - Pants:  Old Navy Pixie (last year) similar - Shoes:  Me Too Nini (last year)
Some days I find my outfits pretty boring.  Like today. 
In photography there is a thing called the rule of thirds.  This is the principal that your photo is more interesting when you break down an image down into thirds (both horizontally and vertically) so that you have 9 parts then place the points of interest in the image in the intersections of that grid. 
There is a similar idea when it comes to fashion.  It is thought that an outfit is more interesting with a third, or completer, piece.  So your first piece would be a top, second a bottom and third would be something additional like a cardigan sweater over the top or a scarf.  In my case today I don't really have a third piece.  I have the sweater, the black pants and a necklace that I don't think really goes with the sweater.  I think to make this basic look more interesting I need to add more of a statement necklace or a jacket.  Something else to amp it up you know? 


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

All Talk and No Action?

Sweater:  Target (last fall) similar - Top:  Banana Republic (few years ago) - Pants:  NY & Co (few years ago) - Shoes:  Earthies via DSW (last fall)

I do like this outfit and reach for it quite a bit.  It's comfortable and I feel a little put together. I think it is a win that everything here mixes and matches with other things in my wardrobe as well.

I'm struggling with the fact that I have been attempting to rein in my style, closet and shopping for some years now.  Years.  My post yesterday was eerily similar to one that I wrote in August of 2013 and one here in May of 2013.  I think there has been some progress but I don't want to be all talk and not be making real changes.  I have been keeping track of my purchases since 2013, trying to stick to $200 a month on clothes, shoes, and jewelry but just started really evaluating those purchases.  I'm going back and seeing what was a good buy, what wasn't and why.  Hopefully that along with asking myself the 4 questions when shopping will help me stop buying clothes I don't need, or don't fit in with my lifestyle, so I can get a carefully edited closet of just things I love. 

Monday, April 13, 2015

7 Dresses

Dress:  LOFT (purchased in December 2014 - now sold out) - Boots:  Bella Vita Raine

Did you know that even after a major closet clean out, I still have 7 dresses in my closet that still have the tags on them and I have had them all at least over a year?  It's true.  These are above and beyond the over 7 dresses that are in my closet that I have worn.  Only a few are on regular rotation like the one I am wearing today. 

I think the 7 dresses are still unworn because when I bought them they didn't correctly answer all my shopping questions:
  1. Do I love it?
  2. Is it my style?
  3. Can I wear it with other things I already have?
  4. Where would I wear this?
I do really like/love these dresses (hence why they remain after the closet purge) and they are my style (well except one striped J.Crew dress that might be a little more cute than I would like but it fits perfectly).  Question number 3 is tough with dresses, I think the question for dresses is more of how many different ways can I style this dress making it more versatile.  They all somewhat meet that question - maybe with the exception of several that could not where to work because they are either too dressy or too casual.  Which really is an answer to question 4.  Where would I wear this?  These dresses are great but in all the time I have owned them, I have not had the occasion to wear them.  In some ways I think it is ok to get a dress that is perfect in every way to have in the closet just in case because who hasn't had an event come up and not been able to find something to wear?  I realize I may be buying clothes for that life that I don't have (but wish I did).  I think 7 might be too many "just in case" dresses for me and some might be destined for consignment.  Or you may just start seeing me way dressed up at the grocery store.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Casual Friday

Tee:  TJ Maxx - Sweater:  Victoria's Secret - Jeans:  Old Navy Rockstar - Shoes:  Target Mossimo

I do better if I lay out what I'm going to wear the night before.  I had an idea I might wear this sweater but didn't have the rest planned for this morning.  So I ended up with uncomfortable shoes, too skinny of jeans for work and a necklace that doesn't quite go.  I'm no good in the morning!  Everything I'm wearing is at least a year old. 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Joggers for Work?

Sweater:  Forever 21 - Shirt:  H&M - Pants:  Apt.9 Kohl's - Shoes:  Me Too Nini Flat (last year)
I'm trying to thin my closet of the many multiples I have of things, including black pants. I'm also looking at things that I have not worn. So that is why I wore this particular pair of black pants today.  I bought them from Kohl's back in September for $7.60.  However, the tags did not come off until this morning.  They fit well (though I do have to roll them up a little) and are comfortable.  I'm a little unsure about how professional this style of pant is for work even though I know I can get away with it in my office.  They are a dressier type of jogger I guess since the polyester is supposed to look silky.  I just don't know if I like the look for work or not.  These might be more for casual Friday or the weekend.  They make me think about how my impulse purchases sometimes sit in my closet for months unworn, and despite being a low price, they might not have been that good of a deal after all.  

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Another Old Sweater

Sweater:  Express (super old); Pants:  Loft (this past winter); Shoes:  Indigo by Clarks (purchased in 2008)

A non-mirror picture!  Thanks Lara!

I don't have much to say about this look.  It's pretty standard for my work wear.  I don't hate it.  The pants don't fit that great due to some recent weight loss and the sweater I have had for well over 10 years.  I know I had it before I met my husband and we have been together for 12 years.  It is a favorite and has held up pretty well. 

Drew Barrymore wrote an article on Refinery29 about cleaning your closet.  I identify with the thought of shopping without clarity that results in an overflowing closet with nothing I want to wear or goes together.  I cleaned out a lot from my closet this past weekend but I hope to make some deeper cuts as I go along with this photo a day journey. 

Monday, April 6, 2015

Shopping Rules


Sweater:  Forever 21 (a few years ago); Pants: Gap (a few years ago); Shoes:  Indigo by Clarks (also a few years ago)

This is an outfit I've worn a lot over the past few years so it was easy to throw on for a Monday morning.  I have trouble styling these navy pants because they are a boyfriend style and though supposed to be a bit baggy, these might be just plain too big for me.  I always struggle with what top to wear with them. 

This is me wearing the same pants last year with a shirt that is also too big (and the same gingham shirt I wore on Friday btw).  I didn't like this look because I thought the pants are so baggy that the top needs to be a big more fitted and/or structured.
I would say my style is classic.  A comfortable, chic, classic style.  I don't know that either of these looks really convey that.  That could explain why I never feel comfortable when I wear these pants. 
I read somewhere that you should ask yourself three questions when you are shopping and considering a purchase.   1) Do you love it?  2) Is it your style? 3) Can you wear it with other things you already have?   I also would ask, 4) where would I wear this?  It's something my Mom used to have me think about and I seem to have strayed from it a bit.  I would love for my wardrobe to be for a person who lives in New York or Chicago, works at a magazine and goes to plays and dinner parties and brunch.  As much as I want to buy those clothes (and have that life) I do not.  So I must buy things that are approprate for my life. 
It's not even been a week and I feel like this has already been helpful, as long as I can put it into practice.  Here are some "rules" I am going to use moving forward:
1) No more impulse buys.  Wait at least 24 hours before making a purchase. 
2) Only buy an item if it really fits, and if it doesn't, if I would actually get it tailored.
3) Ask myself the 4 questions before purchasing:
  1. Do I love it?
  2. Is it my style?
  3. Can I wear it with other things I already have?  
  4. Where would I wear this?

Friday, April 3, 2015

Too Many Boots

Gingham Button Down - JCPenny last year; Quilted Navy Sweatshirt Piperlime last year; Jeans from Target 2+ years ago; Timberland Trenton Boots (here or here)

I wore my Timberlands again today.  It got me thinking about the boots I usually wear with these jeans which are quite similar.  The whole point of this exercise is to get me to do this type of thinking.  Why do I have two pairs of brown ankle boots with the same size heel, the same style?  Because I do too much impulse buying!  I need to take a real inventory of what I have and continue to evaluate everything and get rid of it if it does not fit my style or me!  I buy and buy hoping to find the "perfect" things.  Truthfully, I don't love either of my brown ankle boots.  The other pair are not leather and look a little plasticy.  These are a bit too big for my narrow feet and the tops dig into my legs a little.  Why can't I have the patience to wait and buy only what truly works for me and is great quality?  This is also the reason I have a gazillon pairs of black pants.  I'm constantly searching for the perfect pair.  Why am I buying the not perfect pairs?

To end on a positive note, I do love this navy sweater/sweatshirt.  I have worn it a lot and don't think I have another one like it lurking in my closet. 

Thursday, April 2, 2015

An Old Sweater and Newer Boots

Sweater INC from Macy's several years ago - White Tee TJ Maxx - Old Navy Rock Star Pants - Timberland Trenton Boots (here or here)
Today's outfit centered around me wanting to wear these boots.  I haven't worn them much since I bought them in October so I'm trying to make a point to wear them before the weather gets warm (if it ever really does).  I thought it was a good day to wear them since they are waterproof and it is supposed to be raining buckets today. 
This sweater is an old favorite.  It is starting to show it's age though and I can never quite get the flaps in front to fold right.  It's still a great lightweight sweater from which I have gotten a lot of use.
These pants are a great thick twill like material but are a little too tight in places and a little too loose in places making for some bunching that I don't like.  Since I already have a gazillion other black pants these might be going into the donate/sell pile.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

An Outfit a Day

This idea is nothing new.  In fact, I have attempted to do it myself before.  In my ongoing quest to reduce my wardrobe to a manageable size that reflects my style and only holds things I want to wear, I am going to document what I wear each day (with the exception of workout and lounge clothes).  I'm not sure how much I will post to this blog but hope to at least share most of it. I have been following Recovering Shopaholic for a few months now and am really inspired by her process of recording everything she wears (and how she feels in it) to evaluate her closet.  I hope that this will help me mix and match more in my closet, get rid of what doesn't work for me and stop buying things that don't work.  Who knows, this may even help me realize which of the 42 gray shirts I own I really like and should keep and may even keep me from buying more gray shirts (I really gravitate towards gray...).

Speaking of gray - here is what I wore yesterday.

Long Sleeved Cardigan: Forever 21 - Super Old Long Sleeved Gray Tee: Banana Republic - Old Navy Pixie Pants - Steve Madden Ankle Boots

Overall, I really liked this look.  It is really comfortable and I felt myself in it.  The cardigan is a recent purchase and I have already worn it twice.  Everything else is at least a year old and I have worn many times. 

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