Birth of a project

I was getting dressed for a friend's birthday party and I didn't know what I was going to put on my body. I looked in my closet and it seemed empty, unpromising. I've had these moments before; everything was old, ill-fitting, or blah. I thought to myself, "Ugh! I have NOTHING to wear!" Then I began rifling through my closet and saw a forgotten shirt I loved and many more, and I realized I was crazy. I had plenty to wear, and plenty to choose from. My closet was FULL of treasures! At that moment I decided I would take a year to explore my closet and to add NOTHING new to my wardrobe.

I would create a NEW outfit for each day in order to maximize my wardrobe and shake up my style.

Basically, I would try to "snap out" of my fashion rut, and appreciate what I have.

It was my New Years' project:
One Closet, One Year.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Reality Check!

Okay. So when I went out to my birthday dinner on Friday, Pollyanna said to me, "You have a lot of clothes." I replied, "Really?", with a somewhat incredulous tone because, although I do know that I have plenty of clothes, I cannot imagine that I have way more than the average woman does - especially when I've been into some closets that are twice the size of mine and have clothes from floor to ceiling.

Also, the fact that at least a third of my clothes were given to me always makes me think of the fact that it is not just that I have a lot of clothes, but that I keep a lot of clothes. I take things based on potential, possibilities, and because they are cute, even if they are not perfect. I also, as I've said before, have some things that I've had since high school. These items have traveled across the country and back, several times, and some sit in containers in the garage. I am thinking of three dresses in particular. They are highly unwearable (they are gowns, really), but they have sentimental value, so I hold on to them. If things start to go south and I run out of outfits, you'll be seeing them, I'm sure!

It also amazes me when I think of the clothes I've gotten rid of over the years. I see them in pictures, remember them, and sometimes wonder why I got rid of them? There are a lot, and they are gone.
So... can you help a sister out? Can you tell me where I am on the spectrum? Am I a crazy clothes whore, or an average Jane? Am I outrageous? Or moderate? Somewhere in between? Please, please take the quiz on the side of this post! Inquiring minds need to know! Many thanks and a million kisses! I'll be puting a new item of clothes up every couple of days. Let's start at the top with shirts!

Outfit:

Brown dress: Goodwill. Seen in: Spring Forward! Second wear since I bought it long ago!

Red Dress(worn as skirt): Goodwill. Old Navy. I am wearing it backwards so you cannot see the embroidery on front. I thought it would be too busy w/ the stripes. Seen in: Riddle of the Jinx!

Striped shirt: Goodwill. Banana Republic.

Shoes: Predictions.


I made this necklace by taking apart a pair of earrings that I didn't care for. The fishing wire is from another broken necklace I had!







This is the kids playing together this morning! Their favorite thing is doing something that could potentially end in bodily harm!

2 comments:

  1. Yes, for all those reasons you stated you have a lot of clothes. I wasn't trying to say you're a clothes whore, I was saying you give yourself more choices. I get rid of clothes because I lack the creativity to figure out many uses for them.

    Great outfit!

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  2. Well, I am the lucky beneficiary of your purging! Thank you very much! I do wonder though where I am on the spectrum!

    And you are VERY creative!

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