Archives for September 2013

Neglected Wardrobe Areas – Part Two

Back in May, I wrote a post titled “Neglected Wardrobe Areas,” which addressed the issue of people not shopping for the wardrobe items they need most.  I wrote that even though I spend a lot of time in workout clothes and lounge wear, I generally spent less than 10% of my clothing dollars on such pieces.  Until recently, I didn’t believe these types of clothes were important enough to merit a larger portion of my wardrobe budget.   I now understand it’s important that we feel good about the way … [Read more...]

Useful Links on Wardrobe Minimalism & Capsule Dressing

In my last post, I shared some lessons I learned from examining my favorite clothes and shoes from this past summer.  In the comments section, some of you pointed out that my favorites constituted a workable summer capsule wardrobe.   While I hadn’t really tried to create a wardrobe capsule, I have to agree that my favorites work quite well together.  Perhaps that’s why I wore them so much! Since we started discussing capsules, I thought it would be fun to focus this week’s links post on the … [Read more...]

Success Leaves Clues – Lessons from Our Favorites

Last week, I explored the concept of shopping mistakes and what we can learn from them.  Today I’d like to look at another valuable way of learning about our wardrobes and ourselves. We all have favorite clothes and shoes that we wear over and over again, but how many of us take the time to understand why these closet pieces receive so much play?  I believe that if we make the effort to determine common threads among our favorites, we’ll learn important lessons for how to shop smarter and … [Read more...]

Useful Links: Articles on Shopping Addiction

I am always on the lookout for good articles on the topic of shopping addiction.  In fact, I probably have at least 100 of them bookmarked at this point!   In today’s useful links post, I share some of the best of these articles with you. You’ll see some of the “usual suspects” in the mix, including an interview with Dr. April Benson and an excellent recent blog post by Jill Chivers.  I also feature a recent article about online shopping that includes quotes from both Dr. Benson and “yours … [Read more...]

Learning from Our Shopping Mistakes

Since the beginning of 2013, I have purged 150 items from my wardrobe!  These pieces – garments and shoes - have either been sold on consignment or donated to a local charity.   Hopefully, other people are now enjoying the wardrobe castoffs that were gathering dust in my closet. While some of my purged items were previously worn and loved but no longer fit my body, lifestyle, and personality, many others were “wardrobe benchwarmers” that should never have been purchased in the first … [Read more...]

Retail Therapy is a Ruse

A few weeks ago, the following quote was posted by one of my Facebook “friends”: Retail therapy works every time.” I had to resist the strong temptation to fire back with, “No, it doesn’t!”  Although I didn’t want to get into a lengthy debate on Facebook, I do want to write about the concept of “retail therapy” here on the blog. I have some strong feelings about this term and its implications.  In today’s post, I share my thoughts on “retail therapy,” how I don’t believe it’s really helpful … [Read more...]

Useful Links on Tailoring Your Clothes

After two emotionally heavy posts this week, it’s time to shake things up a bit and turn back to the subjects of clothing and style.  In today’s “useful links” post, I focus on the topic of alterations, as I believe tailoring our clothing can help us cultivate a minimalist wardrobe filled with things we love to wear. Few Women Tailor Their Clothes Alterations have the power to take a ho-hum garment and transform it into something that looks and feels amazing. During my stint as a wardrobe … [Read more...]