May/June Clothing Recap

Friday, July 14, 2017

Well here we are, the halfway point of my challenge. I'm determined to keep these recap posts going,
even if I don't feel like they're actually helpful for people, lol. June was my no-buy month, and except for one misstep during the last week or so, things went ok. I think ultimately I'm finding that while I don't always succeed at buying nothing, the attempt every-other-month at least keeps my shopping habits significantly down, and I spend a lot more time considering what would be a worthwhile addition to my wardrobe.

Instead of listing what I bought for this recap, I'd like to spend some time talking about how difficult it is when you're in a fashion shift to figure out what you want to wear and what fits your lifestyle. Lately I'm drawn to more solid colored pieces and less prints (except for florals apparently, lol) and am willing to push myself on necklines when the trade off is something comfortable I feel like I look good in. I.e., they are suddenly a lot more dresses with cleavage bearing necklines for night and day, which is actually only a problem for one thing: work. None of that stuff is appropriate for work, and I keep purging things I don't want to wear, even if they are appropriate, which is shrinking my closet in a really awkward fashion.

I've tried to brainstorm solutions based on what I think I want to wear instead and it appears that my major hurdle right now is the online bubble. The boxier, slightly cropped neutral tops that I'm leaning towards at the moment, seem to primarily be offered at retailers that either 1) don't do returns outside of store credit 2) don't do sizes except OS/OS Minus/OS Plus. I DON'T LIKE BEING CONFINED OK?! It's actually super intimidating to face expanding the price point you're used to for well-made pieces from more ethical companies when you have no idea if it's going to fit and can't return it if it doesn't. And unfortunately I'm not finding the help I need via the internet and other bloggers, because the women who are wearing these pieces right now don't have a shape similar to mine. They're either significantly smaller size-wise, or comparable in the 12/14 sphere but shaped differently, which doesn't end up giving me much of a clue regarding how it would fit on me.  I guess the only solution would be to throw caution to the wind and just BUY SOMETHING, but it almost feels like I'd be throwing $200 out the window, which is honestly awful to think about.

Is anybody out there having similar problems with their style at the moment? Tell me I'm not alone!

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