Wednesday, March 14, 2012

No Brainer Wardrobe


{I thought it would be fitting (ha, ha) to post about a wardrobe book on my usual What I Wore Wednesday, because, well, you know, all about clothes...)

So I met Hayley Morgan from The Tiny Twig at Blissdom, and I must say, she is super nice {and cute} in person.  Easy to talk to, genuine, and REAL.  So, this weekend {since it's Spring Break, ya know} I bought her e-book, The No Brainer Wardrobe

It is no secret that I have been having some wardrobe issues these days...mainly the fitting kind of issues...like I foolishly tried on the shorts that I bought in August to replace the shorts that I bought in May {because they no longer fit}...and the August shorts no longer fit either.  But that's what almost forty pounds does. 

But I digress.

Regardless of those woes, what I am trying to say is that the style I had when I was smaller is not what I like on this size of me.  And so I am feeling the need to evaluate my wardrobe and where I need to go with it. 

And I am hoping this book will help...at least get the wheels turning...point me in the right direction.  I got started with it on Sunday and I must say...I. am. impressed.  Truly. 

Sunday night I cleaned out my closet.  I was smart about it this time and packed up all the smaller sized clothes that I still like and am hopeful that one day I can return to.  {Snicker, if you want.}  But clothes that I have hung onto and not wore for 5 or 6 years {without sentimental value}, I got rid of.  T-shirts that no longer fit and are in colors that I no longer like or are pilled, I got rid of.  Trendy pieces that are, well, no longer trendy, but more so out dated, I got rid of those. 

And so now my closet is a more realistic picture of what my clothing choices actually are.  I can't stand in there, staring at the clothes, thinking I would like to wear you, but you won't go up over my thighs.  Or worse yet, putting something on and then finding out that it doesn't fit.  So that I have to choose something else.  And then I am pouty.  And then getting dressed takes twice as long. 

So, back to this book...I have read the beginning (great introduction and background of the evolution of a woman's wardrobe) and have gone through the closet purge.  I think the biggest help was having to look at my clothes with the question of, "Do I love it and feel great in it?"  Getting my closet down to those pieces will be an immense help.

And now I think I am able to working on Building my Wardrobe {love all of the pictures!}...not necessarily buying new things, but taking a look at what I can put together with what I already have and building the potential outfits.

Whew!

I really can't wait to take charge of my closet with these action steps!  And I'll be more than happy to share with you along the way!

Thank you, Hayley, for this little gem of an e-book!

3 comments:

Family of 4.... said...

Thanks for posting this Angie.

I have the opposite problem in that I had clothes that were large when I gained weight. I have not gotten back to that weight or worn them for almost 8 yrs. I have gotten down to a smaller size so I had a purge with my winter clothes when I changed wardrobes (yes, my closet that my husband and I share is that small). I will do it again when it's time to change for spring/summer.

I didn't want to get rid of stuff thinking if I got heavier at some point I would want these clothes but I decided it was time to purge them (and I gave them to a school mom who has 4 kids and can't go out and buy any new clothes. I have seen her in some of the stuff I gave her and she looks great).

It's hard to do but a good thing also.

Keep posting tips, I think this might be a book I need to get also.

MollyL

Nancy said...

Sounds like a great strategy! Especially for women- the key is accepting the reality of ourselves- and hanging on to 'things' can often mean a lot more for us. I'm excited for you!

Angie said...

Thanks for your comment, Molly! It kills me that I was this size after I had Quinn - and had clothes in this size - and then gave them away once I was back to my pre-pregnancy weight. So I think I am holding onto some old clothes for awhile...just packed away. :)

Nancy - Acceptance. So. Hard.