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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Forty One

Last night I decided to go through my closet and pull out all my unworn items -- anything that hasn't been on the blog or wardrobe remix came out. Of course I I do not have a photo of every outfit I've worn since I started the blog, but this seemed like the simplest approach.

I decided that everything needed to go out in plain sight and easy reach, so they are all on the bookshelf. All forty one pieces (this is including new things I have yet to wear). Seven of my items are empire waist tops. Other than skinny jeans, what does one wear with an empire waist top? As I've mentioned, jeans went from being worn several times a week to a couple times a month, making the need for the empire waist tops much less.
On some level I still really like them. What makes it hard to just get rid of them? I remember how much I used to love wearing them.

Today in my world of Wardrobe Remix, simply throwing on a top over a pair of jeans feels like not even trying, so how will I make these tops part of my daily rotation again, or is it even possible?

I also had a really tough time picking out an outfit for today. It took me over two hours, and normally I spend 10 to 20 minutes putting a look together. I'm sorry for not getting much blog reading done, I just wasted so much time stressing over what to wear!

Slick Satin

The Rundown
Dress Avon -Vest TJMaxx - Sandals Onex - Lion Belt Ebay - Earrings Arabella

Ultimately I ended up choosing a simple black vest from my unworn pile, just because it seemed the easiest. I threw it over this satin print dress that I've actually worn quite a bit, with my black sandals I wear constantly, and my new earrings that I've not yet worn.

Yesterday I chose the yellow cropped cardigan from my unworn pile and wore it with the poppy dress, now making it's third appearance. I guess I really have to thank Ali for putting the poppy dress in my head, it's clearly become a favorite.

Poppies

The Rundown
Dress Kohls - Cardigan F21 - Sandals Onex - Earrings So Good Jewerly - Bracelet Thrifted

I think I need to take half of those 41 items and just get rid of them. Even with all those things out of the closet, it doesn't look any less full.

I promise I'll get to all your blogs soon, and MarchMusings and

For two of them, I'm supposed to say seven things about myself, sooo...
(what don't you know yet?)
I don't chew gum.
I get anxieties about traveling alone, but I still like to travel.
I want to be a better photographer.
I didn't finish college.
I have listened to "If I Ever Feel Better" by Phoenix 120 times, and it's my most played song.
I can't count.


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32 comments:

Taylor B. said...

hehehe You can't count. Liked your list of 7; er, 6. :P

I purge my closets twice a year and I hang on to things I've never worn in hopes that I will. But I won't. It's hard parting with them. I feel guilty spending that money so telling myself that I'll wear them helps...some.

Modesty is Pretty said...

Lyddie I think I will copy your idea of taking things I haven't worn out of my closet! Then I will have to wear them, not that I don't like them but sometimes I forget I have them!

Frances Joy said...

I've been trying to wear at least one rarely worn/unworn item every day. It's so hard! I totally feel your pain. I love both of your outfits here, particularly the first.

Aaaand, I can't count well, either. ;)

Mimi said...

thanks for sharing those facts with us! i really like your floral dress! you have beautiful clothes! :D

<3, Mimi
http://whatmimiwrites.blogspot.com/

Lynzy said...

UGH I totally need to do some FALL cleaning of my closet, I hoard my clothes :/

xo Lynzy
http://fromskirtstoskillets.blogspot.com

Rad_in_Broolyn said...

Hmm... how about dark shorts with tights/leggings underneath the empire waist tops? Or a very short, straight skirt over leggings? I agree that these looser tops look better over tighter fitting tops.
I don't know if you sew, but you could always cut them into skirts, depending on the length?
I will do the same (pull out stuff I haven't worn in a while) once I get done with August!

Closet Fashionista said...

I love that first outfit!!! And I love the poppy dress too, I'm so glad I bought it.
Thats so sad that you might be getting rid of so many items, I hate getting rid of clothes :/
http://aclosetfashionista.blogspot.com/

Modesty is Pretty said...

On your comment I'd like to say yes please for more earrings! =D

its simple love said...

Ah! I want that poppy dress. Too pretty.

Rachael

minnja said...

oh this is a fabulous look.


LOVE & HUGS
minnja

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Sarah Dee said...

closet purges are the best! best of luck dear!!

Sarah
theantiquepearl.blogspot.com

FASHION BUTTER said...

Both looks are so cute. I am long overdue for a closet clean out myself!

Leia said...

Both your dresses are gorgeous!

Leia

Shop T.O. Live said...

I really loved your last post about the couple with 100 items - what an interesting idea, but I agree, I think it's a bit unnecessary. I like how you have decided to minimize purchases, it is definitely a more realistic and reasonable approach.

ShopTOLive.ca

Castor Pollux said...

pretty dresses, as always! :D

Castor Pollux

this free bird said...

You're awesome. The Chef's in the closet (literally not figuratively) building away and I am organizing. This project could take a bit, but I am going to weed and weed to make it more manageable - no matter how painful it might be.

Thanks for the note too!!!

xoxo,
Carrie
ps-it might be time to reward yourself with one of those oreos...just sayin :)

Ali said...

Ahh, have fun with making outfits with your older items/cleaning out your closet. :) I, too, have lots of empire waist tops.. but yes, they go with nothing but skinny jeans for me, too, hence why I rarely wear them even if they are super cute. xD I love the first outfit, very simple with the vest and belt. :)

Ali said...

PS) I'm glad I gave you the idea to put that in your head! I so would have bought it if the straps were thicker for school. :D

Melissa said...

Ooh, what a good idea to work neglected items from your closet! Love the poppy dress.

Kristin said...

That dress is Avon?? It's gorgeous!!

Nasan Faris Naufal said...

loves the Kohls Dress!

Lorena said...

I cant wait to see you in those empire waist tops...
Give them a chance, give ALL your items a chance, it will be challenging but go for it.
I have to say I adore both of your looks... very pretty Lyddie.

Krysten @ After 'I Do' said...

I love both looks but especially that second one, it's so pretty! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Muhammad Taqi said...

happy weekend

Berlin said...

Oh, I love the second one. It's more vibrant and striking :D

The next post is also on cosplay :)

On a rainbow slide,
Berlin

Modesty is Pretty said...

Lyddie my email is sheilla78 at hotmail dot com
=D

Krystal said...

I love the vest with that dress!

Eli said...

its a good way to purge your closet, if you havent worn it in a while - unless it's really special, chances are you wont wear it again.

Orphaned Apparel said...

Oh, love your Avon dress!

Nadine2point0 said...

Great blog here - following now :)

Lexy @ Quirky Explosion said...

YOU ARE SUCH A CHIC TRAVELLER. I love all these looks. So summery and fun.

And Boston looks like such a great city! Actually, I've been there but I was, like, 2 years old so I think I can be forgiven for not remembering anything but feeding ducks? (Actually, I don't remember that - I've just seen that picture a million times!) Haha. Hope you had a great time!

Oh, and I love Phoenix! SO GOOD.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
QUIRKYEXPLOSION.blogspot.com

Jessica said...

Chewing gum is overrated.

I'm in awe of your closet clean out. I should do the same, but I won't. Haha. Every item gave me this giddy feeling when I purchased it and I just can't bring myself to get rid of the pieces I don't wear as frequently. There's one top from college that I bought my sophomore year (2002!) that I just started to wear again. You just never know. Haha