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.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Free Fashion!

My friend Ally, sent me this link to a group of people who have begun a "Free Fashion  Challenge", wherein "15 Fashion Addicts Worldwide Stop Buying Clothes For One Year". I can honestly say, "been there, done that!" And, they are allowed to swap, so I think my challenge is a bit more challenging. However, they are committed to not consuming, so I guess swapping fits the bill.

I also would not describe myself as a shopping addict. In fact, I don't really care for shopping that much. Except thrift store shopping, when I'm in the mood. I know I've said it before, but for me the fun in thrift store shopping is the surprise and the hunt. You're not presented with a rack of ready to wear clothing, you have to find it, and it's fun!

Anyway, apparently there is something the air of late, that is leading people out of the stores, and into their own wardrobes for inspiration... Could it be recession? Environmentalism? Realization that one has enough?

I'm not sure, but I do know that I wish the Fashion Addicts well on their "withdrawal". They have 345 days left. There's a count down on the home page!


All my pictures were stinkin' up the joint today. But I really liked my outfit. I thought it was very "school teacher".

Print shirt: Forever 21.

Sweater vest: I got this at a little shop on Jay street in New York. Can't say what the name of it was! It was a long time ago.

Skirt: You've seen it many times this year! Salvation Army. High School purchase.

Shoes: American Eagle.

Dinnertime chez Espy!


  1. I totally share your attitude about shopping. The hunt! Although, looking at clothes anywhere good is like going to an art museum for me. I just eat it up and get ideas for outfits. Of course, as long as the rest of my family is not waiting for me outside the store!

  2. Loving these outfits the last few days and of course, that's one of my favorite shirts on you The print is lovely!

  3. I can't wait until the year is over because I love to shop at Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc. The interesting thing is I have been shopping at those kind of stores over 20 years. Now, it is like the chic thing to do. I want to go shopping with you...Aunt Janine