pants (& July/August Clothing Recap!)

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

I decided to combine these two posts because 1) I'm buying less and less so I'm concerned the recap posts aren't very interesting on their own 2) this outfit is a great springboard to discuss how I regularly purge my wardrobe.

I bought this denim/chambray top 1-2 years ago, to replace a very worn Lucky Brand shirt. I decided to replace it with something of a better quality because if you've managed to wear a piece out it *has* to be considered a wardrobe staple, right? Yeah, not so much.

Do you know how many times I've worn this button down? Maybe a handful if I'm being generous. And I could take that as a failure. I could take that as a yet another example of how I don't have a firm grasp on my style. Instead I'm going to accept it as a step that I took in what I thought was the best direction, even if it didn't turn out that way. I'll take it out of my closet, put it away in storage, and see if I miss it. That's really my preferred way of purging my closet anyway. Instead of a firm timeline or switching hangers, I just take it out, put it away, and see if I remember that I even owned it. If it turns out that a particular wardrobe piece doesn't actually deserve the place that it has, I give it away or sell it, to make sure that it still goes to a happy home.

I think so many of us are consumed by the idea of Marie Kondo-ing our lives right now, and the right way, that we lose sight of the fact that whatever way we can do it is probably already the best way. I don't want to purge certain sections (cocktail and other specialty event wear are the most prominent examples) because even if I don't wear them often, those pieces do get worn, and that's not a failure. It's a recognition of how I like my closet to function, in a way that works for me.

Top: J.Crew (Size 14) ~ Pants: Meeps Vintage (38 Inch Waist) ~ Shoes: Coach (thrifted) ~ Purse: Neiman Marcus Last Call (old) ~ Sunglasses: LOFT ~ Necklaces: Missoma & World Market ~ Belt: Nordstrom Rack

Why didn't anyone tell me I'd been an idiot and only completed half this post?! Now you can actually look below for my complete July/August wardrobe recap list. Sheesh. Sorry everyone!

 New Wardobe Additions
1. Green Jumpsuit (The Frankie Shop)
2. Gray Maxi Dress (All Saints)
3. Maxine Waters Tee (Bulletin)
4. Jean Jacket (Anthropologie, similar)
5. African Print Maxi Dress (MeTwo Designs)
*6. Rain Jacket (Eddie Bauer)
*7. Wrap Top (Free People)
*8. High-Waisted Pants (Vintage)
*9. Wide Leg Cuffed Jeans (Vintage) 

(The "*" means that those pieces were bought during the no-buy month, but honestly August was such a f*cking sh*tshow it's kind of a miracle I survived it.)

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