Friday, February 22, 2013

Remixing my Wardrobe (and organizing my closet at the same time)

Since I've lived in the wonderful little apartment I live in... My closet has been giving me fits. FITS I tell you! It's a decent size and everything, but we live in an older home with seriously outdated closets that we can't change. Mine goes on for a while behind the wall, but it has a standard size door, so a LOOOOOOOT of my clothes are completely hidden. No lie, I sometimes find clothes back there and do a little happy dance because I forgot I owned them.

Sigh. First world problems...

I have puzzled and agonized over my closet. I feel slightly ashamed admitting that, because, well... Who does that? Apparently me!

I've been soul-searching and hunting around the blogosphere for kindred spirits, and I stumbled onto this blog. Not only is her style similar to mine, she has this series she did on organizing and remixing your closet. She calls it her Timeless Capsule Wardrobe Series. While I love reading fashion blogs and appreciate super trendy people... That's just never really been my style. If I could put a label on my style it would be... Wait for it...

Euro-French Equestrian Princess.

Seriously.

I love a lot of classic preppy European looks... I'm obsessed with adding a French flair to my life and style... I have a crow-like affinity for shiny things (glitter and sequins.) I am obsessed with equestrian boots and could justify buying any pair of bootseses... (don't ask.) I've also come to appreciate lace, bows, ruffles... anything super-feminine, simple and pretty. I'm alllllll about it.

It's my go-to style, and if I do say so myself, I rock it REALLY well.

That's not to say that I don't go outside of my comfort zone and buy some trendy pieces once in a while. I do, but a lot of times, those pieces sit in my closet unworn, or only come out to play once or twice before I'm on to something else.

And I hate that.

There's nothing worse than going through your closet and realizing that you wore this one time, never wore that... Ugh. The wasted money just adds up in my head and makes me super frustrated! I'm trying to be deliberate about my life... and the way that I spend money... (hangs head in shame) I'm admitting it. It's not always well thought out or even necessary. I'd like to think I ask myself do I WANT this or NEED this before I purchase something, but that's so not the case. I'm a big shopping-is-therapy kind of girl, and I definitely get a rush out of purchasing new stuff... especially Clothes.

Money-wise, I just can't live like that anymore. I have a little Peanut who is not going to accept Mommy's WANTING a new pair of shoes as the reason she doesn't have food. Or diapers. Or both. Peanut comes first, first, first... always and sideways eight. 

Anyhow, long story short, Caitlin's blog is an in-cuh-redible find. She even did this challenge for a year, which I have to admit, I don't think I could do. I'm scared to do. It's a little more scary that I kind of want to, just to see if I can. I'm a stubborn little individual like that. But enough about that... Back to wardrobes, closets, organization!

Basically, her idea of a wardrobe involves buying classic, timeless pieces that work with your (almost) entire wardrobe. A working wardrobe of classic staples. (She explains it waaaay better here.)   

I'm thinking that I could try this. I'm not sure if I'm going to follow the way she outlines it to a tee...  and that might lead me to a completely different name for my version of the series... Can you tell I'm still in the planning stages? I'm definitely excited to try it and you can be sure I'll post my findings here!

And that challenge again...

That's going to require quite a lot more thought. A lot.  Like, a lot, a lot!

Do you think YOU could go one WHOLE year without buying new clothes? (A year is a REALLY long time.)  


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