July “Love It, Wear It” Challenge (LIWI) Update

I’m glad my last post on the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and marketing messages was so well received.  I have been very impressed by the wonderful comments that have been written in response to that post by many of you.  I deeply appreciate everyone who has taken the time to share her thoughts.  Due to the sheer volume of comments, I may not be able to respond to each comment individually, but I am grateful to each and every one of you who has taken the time to contribute to the discussion.   Clearly, many of us are frustrated with the tactics that stores are engaging in to get us to buy more.   I will likely write more on that topic in the future…

But now it’s time for another “Love It, Wear It” Wardrobe Challenge (LIWI) update.   I usually post my accountability updates first, but I decided to mix it up a bit this time since I’m still deciding on a few of my July purchases.  As I mentioned in last month’s LIWI update, I’m not going to go into as much detail in these updates until I do my wrap-up at the end of the year.   As my “working closet” is coming together, not as much is changing every month, so I don’t need to get into as much granular detail as I did in the early months of the challenge.   However, I still have things I want to share as I continue to build a more workable wardrobe for myself, so I will persist in doing monthly LIWI updates until the end of 2015.  Then I will likely figure out a new challenge for 2016 so I can keep growing and learning…

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June “Love It, Wear It” Challenge Update – Part Two

I decided to split my June LIWI update into two parts because it was just getting too long.   I think I will change the structure of my future updates to streamline them a bit.   As longtime readers are aware of, I’m a big fan of numbers, statistics, and analysis, but I know that not everyone has the time or the inclination to read such a deep level of detail.   But I will definitely share information galore at the end of the year when I was wrapping up the challenge, so fellow detail fans will be sure to appreciate that post.

In part one of my June LIWI update, which went live on Friday, I shared what I wore during June and gave you a glimpse into my “working closet” halfway through the challenge, complete with lots of photos.  As a reminder, here’s what my working closet looked like as of the end of June:

June 2015 working closet

In today’s post, I do some analysis into what has yet to be worn and why.  There will also be quite a few numbers and photos in this post to help illustrate my points.  Since my previous LIWI update was also very detail-oriented, I will highlight what has changed between the unworn areas of my wardrobe in May versus June as well.  

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June “Love It, Wear It” Challenge Update – Part One

I have now completed the first half of my 2015 “Love It, Wear It” Wardrobe Challenge (LIWI).  I feel this project has been instrumental in helping me to feel better about my clothes, shop smarter, and cultivate a more workable wardrobe.   I continue to learn new things about myself along the way, as well as what types of clothes, shoes, and accessories work best for my life and my evolving style aesthetic.

As with last month, I am splitting this update into two parts. In today’s post, I will share what I wore during June and give you a glimpse into my “working closet” halfway through the challenge.  In part two, which will go live early next week, I do some analysis into what has yet to be worn and why.  In both posts, I will include lots of numbers and photos to help illustrate my points.

Love It, Wear It Challenge

I hope you will find this update interesting regardless of whether or not you are following along with LIWI yourself.   Those whose eyes glaze over with numbers will have many photos to look at, while those who like data and statistics will likely embrace those parts of the posts.   I encourage you all to see if you can draw parallels between my situation and your own and glean some pearls of wisdom from my mistakes and the lessons I’ve learned.

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May “Love It, Wear It” Challenge (LIWI) Update – Part Two

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.

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May “Love It, Wear It” Challenge (LIWI) Update – Part One

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.

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