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Thursday, October 21, 2010

What Not To Wear

I have an age old problem... a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear.

There are some days that I feel like taking a blow torch to my entire wardrobe and starting over from scratch.

It's all organized and I can find stuff, that's not the problem. I just don't like what's in there.

Like you, I'm sure, I have several articles of clothing that I just had to have that still have the tags on them, a variety of sizes, too many pairs of jeans, not enough color, pieces that I will never wear again because they are itchy, outdated, I have nothing to pair with them, or basically had no idea what I was thinking when I purchased them in the first place.

I have clothes that don't fit my lifestyle anymore and some I hope never will again.

I have fallen in love with a pair of shoes that I bought with the intention of building an outfit around and it hasn't happened yet and I have shoes that are a half size too small because they complete an assemble I already have perfectly, but never wear because the shoes hurt my feet!

I have a few favorites that are in desperate need of retiring, pants in need of hemming, stains that won't come out, ripped jackets, suits in need of a second hand store and sports bras that are ready for the trash.

I don't own enough sweaters and the ones I do have, pill. I hate sweaters that pill!

I have a whole drawer full of panty hose and I can't even remember the last time I wore panty hose. Who wears panty hose anymore? Speaking of panties, don't even get me started on my underwear drawer.

My friend, Nancy has been toying with the idea of starting a business to become a personal stylist, especially for those in transitional states of their lives and I hope she will consider taking me on as one of her first projects. I need help mixing and matching and advice on collecting timeless essentials.

The post baby/temporarily retired/active mom is one to be reckoned with and something tells me shouldn't be in yoga pants or jeans all the time, nor should she feel like crying every time she goes to her closet and finds nothing to wear.

What you won't find is any acid wash, shoulder pads, Hawaiian shirts, animal prints, or cowboy boots, BUT my closet is full of impulse buys, god-awful fabrics, styles and trends and nothing of which reflects me anymore.

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Blogger The mad woman behind the blog said...

When you find the answer, that is, how to get yourself out of the mess, can you come knock on my friend's door?

No, not me! What, these parachute pants will come back and my ass will return to prebaby size. I'm sure of it!

October 21, 2010 at 2:20 PM  
Blogger Renee said...

All I ever wear is jeans and comfy t shirt things.
Oh, and jammies. Have more jammies that dresses.
And proud of it!

October 21, 2010 at 2:49 PM  
Blogger Natalie said...

After she assists you, send her my way - I'm in definite need of a major overhaul!

October 21, 2010 at 3:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I followed the rule about tossing it if you haven't worn it in the last year or if its datedo or if it's worn out, I'd be naked

October 21, 2010 at 3:47 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

See, I don't think I'm a proper girl because I've never done that. I've never chosen a killer pair of shoes first, and then built an outfit around them.

I suck.

October 21, 2010 at 4:47 PM  
Blogger Sherri said...

The dreaded closet. I just came home from Kohl's with a cute black tie-cardigan....and when I hung it, I realized that half my closet is black. Am I in mourning, or just not creative?

Congrats on not having shoulder pads in there....that's an accomplishment! Maybe now that you are moving, you can weed some things out. But it's so hard to find what our "new" look is. Did you read Liz's Mom Sexy post?

October 21, 2010 at 6:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My closet sucks. I have clothes from highschool, a random maternity shirt, pants that are too big, shirts that are too small.

It is one big cluster you know what.

I vote we all get closet makeovers.

October 21, 2010 at 10:04 PM  
Blogger Angie said...

...I thought you were describing MY closet there for a minute. I'm in the exact same boat. Ugh!

October 22, 2010 at 2:01 AM  
Blogger KLZ said...

I secretly wish that someone would turn me in to What Not to Wear so I can start over from scratch with a $5000 budget.

October 22, 2010 at 11:11 AM  
Blogger Leah said...

Can Nancy come over to my place too?! : )
Yeah, I really don't think I know one woman who is completely satisfied with everything in their closet. I know that I'm sick of just about all my clothes and would love to be able to get rid of everything and start fresh.I am good about going through my clothes like once or twice a month and getting rid of stuff so just about everything in my closet, I do still like or at least did like a lot at one point.

October 22, 2010 at 3:04 PM  
Blogger MommaKiss said...

i'm sorry, but panty hose are total assholes.

October 24, 2010 at 7:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here here! I feel ya. Why is that mom's closests are always the last to get new things, get overhauls or really have any attention paid to them? My children and my husband have great clothes, look cutely quite frequently and always have something to wear. Me on the otherhand, not so much.
Hope you get that friend to help you out! We deserve nice and fun things to wear too; or at least clothes without spit up stains and holes!
Stopping by from Twitter.

October 24, 2010 at 1:15 PM  
Blogger Sophie said...

I would need to change my whole closet too! I first have to stabilize my weight and then I would love to have some good advice. I'm not very girly and don't like wearing dresses... I need to work on that! I'm sure your friend Liz and I would get on well ; )

I think you are very classy!

October 25, 2010 at 1:58 AM  

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