Monday, January 23, 2012

A Closet Revamp Resolution

Recently I took a look at my closet and realized that it’s out of control (fortunately I don’t have a picture to show you). I know I may receive some judgment for this, but I try to never wear the same outfit more than once every two or three months (UNLESS we're talking about my cozy clothes, which I wear over and over shamelessly). The other day I realized that doing so probably means that some of my clothes only get worn ONCE in a season. And… since I often hate many of my clothes the following season, that subsequently means that I only wear some things once or twice… EVER. A sad pill to swallow.

I’m sure you can imagine the ridiculous amount of items I have in my closet if I’m able to pull off wearing a different outfit every day. I’ve made this possible on a very limited clothing budget. Basically this means that I wear a few nice staples paired with lots and lots of really cheap, low-quality items.

Problem is the cheap items (hi Forever 21!) only fit right before I wash them. I put them on the 2nd time and they’re hideous. Or they get a hole in them on the first day. Yet I CONTINUE TO BUY FROM THESE PLACES!! It’s the only way to keep up with my clothing habit.

My friends, I’m telling you all of this to say that I AM DONE. It’s going to be a long and tough transition, but I’ve decided that I can’t handle the ridiculousness of this sad habit anymore.

From now on, I’m going to start making a conscience effort to purchase ONLY a few well-made staple clothing items that I can wear time and again. This means that I’m going to have to practice mixing and matching if I’m going to continue to find new outfits to wear. I read a lot of fashion blogs and I know it can be done. In addition, a large portion of my closet needs to go. I need to start fresh.

This weekend I took the first step towards my new and improved closet. I got to spend a couple of hours at The Shops at La Cantera, and instead of trying to see how many items I could purchase with my budget, I bought things that I knew were going to last… even if it meant that I only walked away with three tiny bags. I went in with a list of items that I felt were needed and didn’t allow myself to look at anything that didn’t fall under one of those categories.

My finds:

A lightweight sweater.

A dress with sleeves.

A comfortable shirt to wear to work on days when I’d rather be wearing a t-shirt.

And go-to shorts for spring/summer.
 {Chino Short by J. Crew... of course I wasn't bold enough for the orange ones so I got dark gray}

That's one small step for man. One giant leap for Jenna. I’ll keep you posted on my closet’s progress. I can TOTALLY do this.

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