Paisley Pattern Dress

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After taking everything out that was hanging in my closet, I am slowly putting pieces back into it.  Pieces that currently fit.  Pieces that I like.  Pieces that I think look good on me.  The rest will either be sold in an online garage sale or donated.  No sense in keeping the clothes clutter when it could bless someone else, right?

What do you do with the clothes that you don’t fit, wear or have use for anymore?

Stay awesome y’all!! ~lisa

Capsule Wardrobe Section 3

This is how it looked “before”.

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And this is how it looked “after”.

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So far I’ve already put back 15 items.  A pair of jean shorts, and 14 tops.  I know that seems like a lot but honestly, I’m not trying to go all out minimalistic or anything.  I am just trying to really evaluate what I have and make sure that I am using the items in my closet. I have way too many that I either don’t wear because they don’t fit, or I just don’t like how they feel when I wear them.

I am really loving the less cluttered look of my closet.  The items that are colder weather items, such as my flannel shirts etc., will go in a bin that I will pull out in the fall.  At least that is what I am thinking of doing anyway.

By default of this closet clean out, I am creating somewhat of a capsule wardrobe.  And if I shop for anything in the future I hope I will make more intentional choices to really increase the effectiveness of my wardrobe.

Let me know what y’all think!

Stay awesome y’all!! ~lisa

Capsule Wardrobe Section 2

I’ve divided up my closet and clothing areas into sections.  This is what Section 2 looked like “before”.

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This is what Section 2 looks like “after”.

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Now this “progress” may seem a bit deceiving to y’all.  All I really did was move the items in that area to the clothes rack in my office.  I hadn’t gone through it, all 40 items, other than to pull these seven items and put them back.  I put them back because I wear them often, they still fit and are in good repair.

There are some other items I will be definitely be bringing back but I haven’t started sorting it yet.  I like the uncluttered look so much that I hope I am very selective as I put things back.

How are y’all doing with your capsule wardrobes?  Are you making any progress?  Are you struggling and hanging onto items that you just need to really let go?  Let me know how you are doing.

Stay awesome y’all!! ~lisa

Weeding out the wardrobe

You know, as I am working through assessing my clothes, I am trying to weed out the ones that don’t fit, the ones I don’t like and those that are just too worn.  Here are a couple of example pieces that I came across.

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This shirt is just not a favorite of mine.  I’ve worn it many times and each time I’ve not felt comfortable with the overall tightness and the cowl neckline.  When I purchased it, I liked the color and I thought the pattern was nice.  I’ve kept it because, well, it was still in good condition.  But every time I wore it, I didn’t like it.  Or as Marie Kondo would say, it didn’t bring me joy.

This outfit, on the other hand, brings all kinds of joy to me.

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I love this knit blazer.  I love this graphic tee.  I love my jeans and I love my shoes.  This outfit makes me feel fun and that in turn puts a bounce in my step.  These pieces will definitely be staying in my closet.

That’s one of the things I am learning, and let’s face it, it is actually “re-learning”.  There’s no need to hang onto items that don’t make me feel good when I wear them, right?

Do you have any clothes that just aren’t doing it for you?  Are you still hanging onto them because…?  Do you have any clothes that you just feel really fantastic when you wear them?  Let me know!

Stay awesome y’all!! ~lisa

 

Mixing it up in a capsule wardrobe

I’m trying to mix things up with how I am style my outfits.  Let’s take one of my recent OOTD (Outfit Of The Day) as an example.

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To y’all this may seem like just another outfit but for me it’s different.  I have never, ever worn this color tee with these pants.  Ever.  I normally wear a dark teal shirt.

I decided that I want to reduce the number of clothing items I have, while at the same time increasing my wardrobes functionality.  So I paired the oxblood red tee, cream colored sweater and oxblood red shoes with my beige pants.

Just the simple act of switching out a shirt makes a whole new outfit choice.  I expanded my styling horizons and at the end of the day I was wondering why I had never done it before!  And do you want to know why I hadn’t?  Because when I bought the pants I already had it set in my mind the specific shirt I’d wear with it.  And then I never deviated.

Do you do that with your own wardrobe?  Limit it by putting “rules” in place that don’t truly exist outside of your own head?  I challenge you to expand your mind, and your wardrobe and pair some items that you wouldn’t normally pair together.

Let me know if you’ve started a capsule wardrobe or if you’ve paired anything different lately.  This is going to be a fun journey.

Stay awesome!! ~lisa

Creating and styling with a capsule wardrobe

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I have a secret obsession.  I LOVE the idea of a capsule wardrobe.  I really love it.  And I so want to do it but if I did reduce the number of items in my closet then…

{{ I WOULDN’T HAVE OPTIONS!!! }}

Like seriously….no options!!  Or would I?

I’ve read dozens of blogs and watched dozens of videos about it.  This one site, Project 333 focuses on a minimalist fashion challenge that invites you to dress with 33 items or less for 3 months.  That seems a bit extreme for me but hey….I’m open to learning about new ideas.

I decided to at least explore the idea of reducing my wardrobe.  To be honest, I really only wear a fraction of my wardrobe so this shouldn’t be too hard, right?

I pulled all the clothes from one section of my closet.  That was a total of 42 hangers on that side alone.  I have two other sections of the closet and my outwear to go through!  Not to mention my chest of drawers!!

{{ FOCUS LISA…..one section at a time…. }}

I immediately put back the jeans that I wear on a regular  basis.  That was 5 items.  I put my wedding dress, which I don’t anticipate wearing anytime soon, in a box.  I also put back a pair of white capris and 2 maxi skirts that I’ve worn recently and that I know that I will wear often.  I also put back a “fancy” dress that I can wear for special occasions. 

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So if you’ve been adding the numbers up, that means I still have 32 items left to deal with.  Again, on just that one section of my closet. 

Here’s what is left:

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As I looked at this I see some jeans and other items that don’t fit.  Dresses I never wear and other items that I don’t reach for very often.  I moved these clothes temporarily to my office so they’d be out of sight and out of mind.  I can retrieve these items in the event that:
a.  I lose weight
b.  I decide I want to wear them
c.  I can’t think of a third reason…haha!!

Here are the other two sections:

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Again, this doesn’t even include the items in my chest of drawers.  :: sigh ::

I’m just going to focus on one section at a time and not really focus on the number of items as much as the amount of use that I am getting out of the item. 

That’s what I am thinking about right now and working on.  What are your thoughts??

Stay awesome y’all!! ~lisa