As I mentioned last week, it’s starting to warm up here at IPF South, making it a good time to continue an ongoing process of evaluating what should stay in my wardrobe and what should leave. Today and yesterday I broke out two dresses that I haven’t worn in a while (and only one has been on the blog before) in order to determine what to do with them. Neither was an unqualified success or disaster. Both however made me think about the way I shop: that I tend to buy the same shapes again and again (which is generally good, I think) but don’t think enough about whether the colors/ patterns are ones that I actually like to wear.
Black top: Joe
Black tights: Target
Gold flats: Nine West
Black & white bracelet: gifted
I really like this dress intellectually. It’s flattering. It’s comfortable. It washes well. I bought it in Vegas so it’s got all sorts of fun memories attached to it. But I’ve worn it twice in the nearly two years I’ve had it — suggesting that I don’t actually like wearing it, which is sort of important. I think one of the obstacles to wearing it is that I need to wear something under it for teaching/ daytime wear but my ideas for colors to wear underneath end at black, white and blue (and I don’t actually own any blue layering pieces). I’m going to hang onto it for another 6 months. If I don’t wear it again, it’s time to release it to the wild.
Today’s dress (today’s not a teaching day but a working in a coffeeshop day — hence the more casual styling and the bare legs with a fairly short skirt):
Dress: Old Navy
Blue flats: Joe
Blue cuff: The Bay
With this dress, on the other hand, I’m declaring defeat. I just don’t like wearing it. I like it on Rebecca of MinnChic who has it in blue. I don’t even mind the way it looks on me. But I prefer a straighter skirt on an empire waisted dress. The slight a-line on this one makes the skirt feel perilously short to me at moments and makes it more susceptible to be getting caught in today’s wind. I’m also not in love with its scoop neck.
All of this reminds me of a shopping lesson I seem to need to learn repeatedly: being more mindful when I’m shopping — paying attention to more than just price and a generic sense of fit & general flattering-ness. As I’ve also discovered with buying the same piece in multiple colors, the lady magazine advice to find a shape that works for you and then keep buying it is perhaps best used in moderation.
What other shopping lessons do you need to learn repeatedly? And what colors would you wear with black and blue?