The First Outfit

It is time to share an outfit. I am wearing my homemade Levi’s shorts with a grey linen shirt. The shirt was a new purchase a while ago from The Loft. The shorts are DIY!

I love the simplicity of this outfit. The multicolored grey linen is a beautiful color and style that can be dresses up or down. I don’t always like showing leg, especially in the summer when everybody’s tans are in full swing and I am as pale as ever. However, on a very hot day like today it was a necessity.

I have fully converted to a brown belt and brown watch regardless of wearing brown or black. The light brown almost tan looks great with everything. Maybe it’s not a conventional color scheme to wear brown with everything, but I love the belt and the watch. The belt was a homemade present from a friend. The watch is a Fossil watch that I wear everyday. (I am a die-hard Fossil fan!)

Clothing Account: 30$

What I want to buy: Nisolo-OxfordsPeople Tree- Elle Striped Dress

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Original Content: Sometime Early July


The Month-End Prune (July 2017)

This blog would not be called the pruned closet without some good pruning, Right? As this month came to an end it was time to evaluate what gets discarded/donated. So, what am I parting with?

2 Pairs of identical shorts (different colors)- I am parting with these shorts which kind of fit, if by fit I mean they are so short I feel uncomfortable even slightly bending down. They have all the wrong fit in every way. I did not wear either of these out of the house since I bought them.

3 Shirts- One is tight, one is short, and the other is ruined. The ruined shirt does not make the donation cut due to the huge stain that happened when it touched my husbands greasy work pants.

1 Light sweater-  This one hurts to part with! A blend of cotton and linen make for a nice light weight summer sweater. I love the pink color and I thought I loved the fit too.  Turns out I tried this on a few times and it doesn’t fit my style. Before I made the final cut on this sweater I tried to pair it with different combinations of clothing with no successes, so its time to say goodbye.

1 Pair of pants- These will be discussed at a later date.

This might not be the most interesting article but this is a big part of living with less. When you want to live with less and you have lots, you need to prune! Until I am content with a leaner closet I will continue to post my month-end pruning results.

Leave me a comment- What kind of items are you getting rid of and what helps you decide what makes the cut?

Clothing Account: $30

Original Content: 7/14/17

Giving Myself a Pass

I HAVE MADE IT ONE MONTH!! I have not shopped ‘new’ retail for clothing, shoes, or even accessories in over a month! The first month of my new plan concluded on 7/8/2017. Considering a month can seem like a very long and very short time all at once, it was OK. The no shopping thing was easier than I thought it would be. It could be because I also have an amazing almost four-month old that I would rather spend time with instead of retail shop for hours for random not-needed things.

It was so exciting to receive my credit card statement and see a somewhat low number that I have not seen in years! It goes to show that I really was spending WAY more money than I would like to admit. My bill was at least $300 less than the average bill. JUST FROM CUTTING OUT RETAIL!

Maybe this is cheating again or maybe not you can decide, but I am going to clear my clothing dept from the cheat day. Here is why. The items purchased were not ‘new’ retail, all items are being worn consistently, and the fact that I didn’t have any shorts that fit.

So I am going to forgive my 14$ dept and reward myself with my first $30 for making it one month no ‘new’ retail shopping.

Clothing Account Balance: $30

Original Content: 7/13/17