If you are interested in decluttering your life while you have some extra time, the place to start might be your closet. I’m inspired to try. To get started, check out the link below.
Today I chose the first 3 outfits and photographed them. It’s a small step in an effort to simplify my wardrobe and choose 33 items to wear for the next 3 months. Let me show you what I have so far.
Outfit #1 – Spring into Comfort
This outfit is comfortable and very practical for cool spring days. The shirt is I.N.C. International Concepts, made of 95% rayon and 5% Spandex, which is why I bought it. Rayon is my ultimate favorite fabric. It’s so soft. The black and white sleeve embellishments add a pop of style that I decided was something I could use in a 3/4 length T. The pants are your basic Danskin yoga pants, and the sweater is acrylic which I usually avoid but I really liked the pattern and style. I just discovered today that it can be worn inside out. The leather flats, Trotters, were made in Brazil and cost $8 at Goodwill. I bought a second pair in cream-color. They were brand new. The total cost of this outfit was $19, and I have to say I feel great wearing it around the house, which is pretty much all I’m getting dressed for these days.
Outfit #2 ~ Time for Yoga
I joined a gym and started yoga classes 2 weeks before the Coronavirus blew up and everybody shut down here. I’ve got the outfit and the yoga mat and am making a relatively feeble attempt to get down on it once every few days. The clothes are versatile enough to wear to the grocery store or for a walk down to the Sound. The pants ($4) are made by Champion, and the shirt ($3) I have no idea as I cut the label out when I bought it. Hate that scratchy feeling! The shoes were new when I bought them at GW 2 years ago ($15). Made by Reebok and great for walking, treadmill or otherwise, they’ve put in some miles, but this will probably be their last season. I still never run. Btw, the faux leather suitcase was $8 at a GW in Asheville, NC, where I picked it up when I went to visit my sister a couple of years ago. It’s the perfect size for a carry-on, or an overnight bag to Emilie’s.
Outfit #3~ Feeling like a Lady
This is not a new dress. I’ve had it for a few years, but rarely wear it because I always think it’s too dressed-up for where I’m going. Not anymore. These days I’m putting it on for no other reason than I feel good in it. I always love seeing women in long dresses. It’s such a rare sight nowadays when most of us wear pants instead. I found the sweater by Mia and Tess ($3) and the color is pretty perfect. The dress was $6, at GW of course. The Jimmy Choo shoes, which are now about ready for the trash can, were a steal a couple years ago at $35. Already worn, they still had lots of life in them, and I have definitely worn them out since. I really really hate to part with them, they are a well-worn well-loved part of my daily life.
In conclusion for today~
I’ve been dressing up in front of a mirror since before I can remember. It’s what I do, and it’s always interesting to see what I can put together. The trouble has always been that I haven’t felt confident to take the pony out of the barn. That old expression, “You can dress her up but you can’t take her out,” comes to mind. I’m tired of living in the closet, and I’m challenging myself to wear what I like, and like what I wear. See the source of my inspiration this week at https://bemorewithless.com/project-333-challenge/.
Stay tuned for the next episode of ‘Feeling more comfortable in my own skin.’ Hope you’re doing OK, and that we don’t go back to normal before we’ve all had the chance to redefine how we do community, and what we really want. Wishing us all the best!