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 we look in all situations, even when we’re sitting at home in front of our computers.

Other Areas of Wardrobe Neglect

While I’ve successfully upgraded my at-home and workout wear in recent months, I’ve come to realize there are other areas of my wardrobe I’m neglecting for different reasons.   Although I still have a large wardrobe, my closet is sadly lacking in terms of bottom pieces, especially pants.  Most of my pants are at least two years old and many are from more than four years ago.  I’m doing a bit better with skirts, but half of my skirts date back to 2010 or earlier.

Neglected wardrobe areas - pants

Do you neglect certain areas of your wardrobe when shopping?

Even though I’m someone who shops a lot, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with holding on to older clothes, particularly if they are still in decent condition and are a good fit for your body and lifestyle.  However, I don’t love most of my pants.  Many are showing their age, and most could really stand to be replaced at this point.  So you may wonder why I haven’t replaced them during one of my many shopping trips this year or last. Continue reading

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 topics of wardrobe minimalism and capsule dressing.  As many of us are looking to shop less and streamline our closets, learning how to create an easily “remixable” wardrobe can help us in these pursuits.

Minimalist Wardrobe Capsules

Wardrobe capsules can help you dress better using fewer pieces!

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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 create wardrobes that better meet our needs.

Lessons from wardrobe favorites

What can we learn from our wardrobe favorites?

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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 truly.”  Enjoy!

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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.

Shopping Mistakes - Lessons Learned

Do you ever wonder, “What was I thinking when I bought this?”

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 place.  Since I’m making good progress with paring down my wardrobe and cultivating a wardrobe that better suits my needs, I want to make sure not to repeat my past mistakes. Continue reading

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 at all, and what I believe might work every time.

Retail therapy is a ruse

So you shopped til you dropped – did it really help anything?

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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 Tips and Resources

Do you tailor your clothes? Most women don’t!

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 stylist, I learned that very few women tailor their clothes, with the exception of hemming trousers and altering suits and formal wear.   While some of my clients merely needed some education on proper fit principles, others required an attitude adjustment in order to embrace the concept of tailoring.  Fortunately, most of them came around in the end.  In fact, we were often able to salvage many pieces by simple “tweaks” that didn’t break the bank.

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