July 2017 came to a close with another 30$ added to my clothing account. Making my new balance -40$.
The purged. (pictured left)
A brown sweater. This pains me to purge. This has been one of my favorite sweaters for a little while now. I love the fit and the color. If I love it so much why am I getting rid of it you ask. I wore a hole into the elbow. I literally wore it so much I wore a hole through it! This does not happen very often but when it does it’s almost like an accomplishment that I got back its full value and it lived out it’s like in my possession alone. Of course I wish it would be have been better made so I could have used it for longer. This will be an item I will need to find a good high quality replacement for.
A black geometric skirt. I bought this skirt with the hope of wearing it and loving it. ( Like with all my items). I didn’t even wear it. I kept thinking maybe one-day I will wear it and love it but after having it for around four years, it’s time to let go.
Over the shoulder Fossil purse. This was a gift from my BFF. She notified me of a purse she had and no longer wanted and thought I would like it. It is green (my favorite color) and Fossil (my favorite brand). She was not wrong. It instantly became my everyday purse. I love it!!!
Today was the first day I have worn a light colored shirt to work in just about forever. I paired a light blue shirt with lighter denim jeans. I have put on this combination a few times in the past and decided against it every time. The reason is that the paired light colors wash me out and make me look pale in an unflattering way. But after seeing light colors grouped together on others and loving the outcome I wanted to try it.
Today I wore that combination. After putting on the clothes I was still unsure to the combination would work with my skin tone but decided to try it and see how I felt. The clothing seemed a bit dressed down for work, so I dressed it up with some pearls and accent jewelry. This pearl necklace has been a staple in my wardrobe since high school when my mother gifted it to me. I even had to get it re-strung because I wear it so often it broke.
But the longer I was in the clothes the more comfortable I felt in them. After looking at myself in the bathroom mirror it was evident that although my skin still looked pale the blue complimented my slightly rosy cheeks. Maybe light colors complement my light skin tone after all and not wash me out like I have always believed.
I am not yet a convert to light colors. But, maybe I can feel comfortable enough to try them again soon.
It felt like the clouds opened up and a sun beam came down from the sky to brighten my phone as I received email notification that my shipment has arrived. I was so excited to get home from work to check out my new shoes.
As I opened the box I was astounded to be looking at the beauty that is a Nisolo shoe. They did not disappoint. They are a simple yet exquisitely crafted. I tried them on and they fit perfectly, it was so exciting.
After I put them on, I walked down the hall to my bedroom to check them out in the mirror. I was admiring the shoes on my feet as I walked comfortably to my room when the feeling of failure crept into my mind.
I had started this blog to keep my shopping in check and veer towards a minimal closet (which is my ultimate goal). I made it a little over a month of my great plan before I really fell off the wagon (or jumped off for my favorite apparel item). I made a good argument why I bought them and I felt no remorse while typing in my credit card information to make the purchase. But now it’s a different story.
I am telling myself that it’s OK to be tested and fail. It just goes to show that this will not be an easy journey. I am disappointed in myself to have failed so early on, but if anything I feel even more determined than I was before.
I gave myself a mini “challenge” to help pair down my clothing. I selected 6 pairs of pants to wear for about a month. The idea was to see what ones I loved and wore all the time, the ones I liked but didn’t love, and the ones I downright ignored. In this post I will only review the liked and ignored. The favorites will come later.
-A pair of black work pants.
These were a thrift/gift hand-me down. My first impression when I tried these on were love. They are different from anything I own and I liked that. But as the month went on and they were hanging in my closet only be tried on a few times and switched out for something else, it is evident it is time to part with them.
THE LIKED (Pictured)
-Pair of distressed skinny jeans
These in the past were my favorite pair of pants. I purchased these a few months before I became pregnant. I would have lived in these pants everyday if I could. Currently they have landed in the like category because I can not wear them at work (never could because they are distressed), they fall down unless I wear a belt, and the stretch denim is very thin almost jegging material.
-Polka-dotted low rise not so skinny jeans
These pants are a thrift/gift hand-me down. When I first tried them on I loved the different fit. This might be because they are a bit large on me and it was nice to see a jean on me that was not a skinny leg in about 4 years and look pretty good. These have landed into the like because they look best paired with a tucked in shirt and a belt, not as versatile as true skinnies. Also, the denim is very thick and very warm to wear in summer. I look forward to trying these out again in the winter and see how I feel about them.
-Light wash skinny jean with floral embroidery.
These pants were one of my last retail purchases before making my closet shift. I bought them even though they didn’t fit me at the time. They were my first goal pants to get into after the baby. Now they fit comfortably– yay! I am not sure if I am pushing them into the liked because of what they represent but these are right in between the ignored-liked line. They fit nice and have a nice high waist. But the denim is super thin like jeggings, and the color wash in the but is unflattering to my back end. I feel as if these jeans make me look like I want to be a teenager again.
The idea of this ‘perfect’ wardrobe is that I want to love all the items in my closet. Realistically I should donate all items in the list above. I need to take baby steps. My body is still transitioning from the baby weight and I look forward to be able to pare down to a small sustainable wardrobe in the future when my body stabilizes.
I have made my first retail purchase!! Wait I only have 30$ in my retail account what did I buy? Well I bought a 100$ pair of shoes (free shipping *Pound it*). I have had a pair of Nisolo oxfords on my want list and they were to possibly be my first purchase in December when I had the money to buy them. I went online today to send a link to my friend to show her my first tentatively planned purchase and I noticed they were ON SALE! Originally 168$ on sale for 100$.
Now I know.. I cheated yes, this time a real cheat. But I also know that sometimes deals like this you need to go for. These are handmade amazing shoes that are ethically made. The reviews are all saying that this brand sells stunning made to last shoes.
A concern I have about this purchase is that after I had my wonderful baby I am unsure what my foot size ended up being. I used to be a 7.5 but I seem to have graduated to an 8, depending on the shoe even an 8.5. Not knowing my shoe size I decided to purchase the 8 and see what happens. (They sold out of the 8.5, so much for buying two and keeping the one that fits.) But I am hopeful that they will fit.
Very excited for these shoes!
Clothing Account Balance -70$
Original Content: 7/17/2017
P.S. I hope you enjoy the bunny that was lounging in my yard which has nothing to do with my post!
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!)
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?