It’s the last day of June (how did that happen so quickly?), so it’s time for me to share my latest “grab bag” of useful links (see previous editions here). Included below are links to articles I think you’ll enjoy on the subjects of shopping and shopping psychology, wardrobe management, style, and personal development. I’m also sharing a few previous “Recovering Shopaholic” posts that you may have missed the first time around (or may choose to revisit now).
A sunny June day at the beautiful Fletcher Cove beach in Solana Beach, California.
As with last month’s useful links edition, the photo above is one of mine. I previously used stock images for these posts, but I will now include my own photos in these useful links round-ups, as well as in select other articles. I will also periodically feature some of my photos in standard posts, including this one and this one. I’ve been taking photos at least two or three times per week, so I have lots to choose from! I still plan to get into the routine of sharing photos on Instagram and I’m posting about that here to light a proverbial fire under my backside. If you want to see my photos there, you can follow me at debbie_roes (some cat photos and a few other random images are posted already).
It’s been a little while since I last shared some entries from my outfit journal (see the most recent installment here), so it’s high time for another post in the series. For those who are new to the blog, I’ve been keeping a journal of my outfits since last summer. In this journal, I write what I wore, where I wore it, how I felt about my outfit, and what I would change if I had it to do over again. I also try to take photos of my outfits most days so I have both a visual and written representation of what I’m wearing. This process takes me just minutes each day and has helped me tremendously in improving my personal style and wardrobe satisfaction.
What do you like to wear during the summer months?
I’m going to do a mini “series within a series” beginning with today’s post. I will share two outfits from last summer as well as two outfits from this summer. The outfits I’ve selected from last summer are ones that I don’t think work for various reasons. I will share what I wrote about these outfits last year, as well as anything else I notice today about why the look didn’t work. I will also comment on how I would change the ensemble if I were wearing it this summer. The outfits from this summer are ones with which I was quite happy overall. The reason for sharing the new looks is to highlight what I’ve learned as a result of keeping an outfit journal for over a year. I have learned so much and I feel that it shows in what I’m wearing now and how my outfit satisfaction has increased.
Last month, I did a post on wardrobe turnover in which I looked at how old the various items in my closet are. I learned that roughly half of the pieces in my closet were purchased in 2013 or later, another 34% were bought during 2010 through 2012, and the remaining 17% were from 2009 or earlier. In the comments section, a few readers were curious about some of my older items. They wanted to know what they had in common and what characteristics led them to remain in my closet for so long.
What do your long-standing closet pieces have in common?
In today’s post, I share photos and information about some of my older closet pieces and I look at what has my favorites remain go-to items for years on end. The information in this post is very personal to my wardrobe, but I encourage you to take on this exercise with your own clothes, shoes, and accessories. What pieces do you own that have stood the test of time – and why? It is my hope that some of the lessons I learned from doing this exercise will also be applicable to you even if our wardrobes and lifestyles are very different.
Way back in the fall of 2013, I wrote a post about lessons from closet favorites, using my summer wardrobe from that year as an example. In that post, I shared photos of my favorite items from that season and looked for common threads among them that could inform my future shopping. Today I’d like to do the same with my cool weather wardrobe (the cool weather season spans from December through June where I live – we don’t really get true winters here).
Do you know what your closet favorites have in common?
For most people in the northern hemisphere, summer has officially begun even if there are a few days left of spring on the calendar. This is a good time to take stock of last season’s wardrobe and how it did or didn’t meet our needs. If you’re reading this from Down Under or similar parts of the world, you may want to take a look instead at your fall (autumn) clothing for the purposes of this exercise, since that season is coming to a close for you.
This past Sunday, I attended my very first clothing swap event. I was invited by one of my local Facebook friends and mostly went because I was intrigued and wanted to get out of the house. I still had some of the clothes I’d purged during my May “KonMari Process,” as the local consignment store was only interested in a portion of my cast-offs. So I decided to take those items with me to the clothing swap and see if anything there caught my fancy. In today’s post, I share my clothing swap experience and what I learned from it.
Have you ever attended a clothing swap event?
I had no idea what to expect from the clothing swap, but as I wrote above, I was curious. The event was being held in a fairly upscale area of town, so I had high hopes that I might find some hidden gems there. Not that I was in search of anything really specific, but I liked the “treasure hunt” aspect of such an event. That element was what used to have me visiting consignment stores on a regular basis. I never knew what I might find and I always hoped I’d discover a “diamond in the rough” among a vast array of virtually worthless rocks.
I could have included this part of my May LIWI update in with my last post, but it was just getting too long. I’m trying not to do such marathon posts anymore because I know not everyone has the time (or the inclination) to read them. I won’t go into this level of detail every month, probably just one other time towards the end of the year. But since I’ve done almost half a year of LIWI and summer is upon us, I wanted to take some time to look at what hasn’t been worn yet and why.
A few of you have commented on the level of detail to which I analyze my wardrobe and have marveled at how much time it must take me. But here’s the thing… It really only takes me a few minutes each day to note what I wore and to make an entry in my outfit journal. It did take a chunk of time to set everything up in the first place (see this post for the specifics), but now it’s pretty much second nature for me to quickly track what was worn and make a few notes about how I felt about it. And I believe that time is well spent, as I’ve learned a lot about what I like to wear and what does and doesn’t work for me.
What does take a lot of time is writing those blog posts that delve into wardrobe management and include a lot of numbers and photos. But I enjoy writing them and I’m glad that readers find my level of detail interesting and helpful. This will be another such post, as I’ll be looking at the clothing and accessories that haven’t made it out of my closet yet this year.
I have now completed five months of my “Love It, Wear It” Wardrobe Challenge (LIWI). I’m so glad I decided to take this challenge on, as I have learned a great deal about my wardrobe and myself through the process. I’m now in a much better place with both my closet and my attitude toward my clothes and shopping than I was at the beginning of this year.
I have a lot to share, so I’m going to split this update into two parts. In today’s post, I will cover what’s in my working closet as of the end of May and how I feel about my wardrobe and what I’ve been wearing. Later this week, I will address those items that have not yet been worn and my feelings and plans for that section of my closet. There will be a lot of photos and quite a few numbers in both posts. I hope you will be able to apply my insights and my lessons to your own wardrobe situation.