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post #61 of 157
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Originally Posted by Delight
That is everything. I did forget to include 1 cardigan sweater, 2 long sleeve t-shirts and 2 hoodies. I do a lot of layering in the winter and usually just wear jeans (which I will add to my wardrobe this fall) and a t-shirt over a long sleeve tshirt with a fleece over that. Iowa has pretty mild winters...I usually don't even wear anything except a fleece with a scarf and mittens.
Ah, okay. I've never been near Iowa and I had it in my mind that winters there were really harsh.

How are you doing on the shoe front?

I'm stalled, but I'm still focused on not bringing in new stuff without something going out. I ordered a wrap dress from Eddie Bauer and a tank-top. I just booked airline tickets for a family reunion at the end of the month and figured I needed a dress, which is silly because it's going to be casual. But, I don't have a dress of any kind and it's got a wrap top, so I'll be able to nurse in it. We'll see how it fits. I'm not entirely comfortable with the purchase though.
post #62 of 157
Thread Starter 
Well...after living 6 years in North Dakota, Iowa is very mild Even though we probably hit 0 degrees. It just doesn't stay cold for very long.

The shoes...they are under control I think. I think I posted the shoe list before, but here it is again:

Chaco flipflops
Chaco sandals
Birk clogs
Tennis shoes
Puma casual tennis shoes

Ummm...did I miss any? I think that's it.

OliveGirl...just you saying that you were uncomfortable with the purchase probably means you didn't really need it! Not trying to pick on you...because that is exactly the same feeling I had when I bought that new stuff at the beginning of this thread. I ended up returning everything!

BUT...maybe it will turn out to be your GREAT SUMMER PIECE! Keep us posted...
post #63 of 157
Thread Starter 
OliveGirl...I love the Keen pic you have on Flickr. Do you like that style?
post #64 of 157
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Originally Posted by Delight

The shoes...they are under control I think. I think I posted the shoe list before, but here it is again:

Chaco flipflops
Chaco sandals
Birk clogs
Tennis shoes
Puma casual tennis shoes

Ummm...did I miss any? I think that's it.

OliveGirl...just you saying that you were uncomfortable with the purchase probably means you didn't really need it! Not trying to pick on you...because that is exactly the same feeling I had when I bought that new stuff at the beginning of this thread. I ended up returning everything!

BUT...maybe it will turn out to be your GREAT SUMMER PIECE! Keep us posted...
I will!

I asked about shoes because you said you had some cute ones that you were going to part with and I wasn't sure if you had or hadn't yet. Gotcha.

As far as the Keens go, I really like them. The color (carmelite) has turned out to be more versatile than I imagined. They're great with or without socks and feel like a super-cushy sneaker. My whole family loves Keens. I'm planning on purchasing a pair of the Bronx style in the fall.
post #65 of 157
Thread Starter 
Ahh yes. The cute shoes I'm getting rid of They are still in the "other" closet...waiting for the garage sale. I wasn't going to do a sale, but a friend of mine needs a place to have one...so I thought, why not?

They shall soon be gone...
post #66 of 157
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Originally Posted by Delight
Well...after living 6 years in North Dakota, Iowa is very mild Even though we probably hit 0 degrees. It just doesn't stay cold for very long.
0 degrees, huh?





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Originally Posted by Delight
BUT...maybe it will turn out to be your GREAT SUMMER PIECE! Keep us posted...
I will! I hope it does work because doing returns is a hassle, isn't it. Definitely not simple. :
post #67 of 157
I hope you all don't mind me jumping in here to just give you a big Thank You! Although we did a major, total house purge this past spring, reading your thread here has majorly inspired me! Although I'm not close to the numbers of items Delight posted earlier (), we did just take 11 trashbags of clothes to the Goodwill!

Instead of having my clothes in my closet, 6 drawer bureau, large attic hanging rack and a box in the attic (wow, that really was a lot, huh?) - I'm now down to ONLY 2/3 of the closet! That's it!

And for the first time ever, my DH's also newly purged wardrobe fits in the rest of the closet and bureau (instead of him keeping all his clothes in the other bedroom). It feels so great to be down to a more manageable wardrobe - once you get started, it gets easier and easier! So for anyone sitting on the fence about this still...go for it! You won't regret it!

Thanks again ladies!
post #68 of 157
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by njsummer01
we did just take 11 trashbags of clothes to the Goodwill!
Wow! That is great! Way to go
post #69 of 157
Here's a neat blog post I found about an exchange student and the perfect small wardrobe.
post #70 of 157
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Originally Posted by fremontmama
and whenever i get a hankering for it, i gather up a few bags of clothing and have a ladies clothing swap. some people call them naked lady parties. just invite all your girlfriends over to bring all their castoff clothing, accessories, shoes, etc and everyone gets new (to them) stuff to bring home. it's really a fun way to get new stuff without shopping. there's always a ton of stuff leftover to go to charity too.
aaaaah.... as a teenager I always did this. My best friend and I were the same size!
post #71 of 157
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Originally Posted by MomInFlux
Here's a website I'm intrigued by: http://www.scientificpanty.com/ I can't explain exactly why, except that they're all about ensuring that your clothes work for you.
I love scientific panty! I was thinking about making one of the slinky dresses out of fleece, for the winter. They seem so appealing.

I basically wear long skirts all the time. I ride my bicycle in them. I have one pair of jeans for work and play, and one pair of wool pants for interviews. I have four long everyday skirts (denim, linen, wool, and silk), and one "fancy" skirt that is knee length. I have three dresses, four sweaters, two long sleeve shirts, four short sleeve shirts, two camisoles, a bra, a coat, and winter things like armwarmers and scarves. Four pairs of shoes: boots (winter), flip flops (summer), clogs (spring and summer), and sneakers (for running).

I have decided to replace my clothes only when one thing wears out, or I get rid of it. There are many kinds of clothes I will want, but I decided I do not need to have them all at once. Looking at my list I can see I have plenty of clothes, even though I kind of want to make a new skirt, maybe I will defer that.

I love reading these threads. My husband inspired me to do this. He wears one pair of shorts in the summer, and one pair of pants (well he has several that are identical) when it's cool. And a bunch of tee shirts. He still looks very nice. When I was a teenager, I only had five dresses, and that was nice. I am trying to let go of wanting so much variety. It is a headache.
post #72 of 157
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by cyclamen
When I was a teenager, I only had five dresses, and that was nice. I am trying to let go of wanting so much variety. It is a headache.
Hi cyclamen!
I totally agree that having too much variety can make you crazy! I'm also glad you revived this thread because I was just thinking today that it hadn't been posted on for awhile.

I'm continuing to get rid of my clothes. I had a garage sale, gave a bunch to my sister, and sold some of my favorites here on the trading post. It feels so good to ship stuff away...knowing that another mama will enjoy it more than I was! I have a few pieces that have mysteriously made it back into my closet, but it's coming along.

I was talking to my mom tonight about her clothing issues and how I could help her clean her closet out and help her pick her favorites, etc. The funny thing is, she doesn't think she has anything to wear. But she has TONS of clothes. She buys new stuff for every new meeting, event, etc. We just have to work at finding the stuff she feels great in! My dad was excited about it too So we'll see how that goes.

My summer "uniform" has pretty much been a flared knee-length skirt, a black tank top, my Super hero necklace, and my Chaco flip flops. It's nice and breezy, comfortable, and I feel great in it. I have 2 skirts and 2 tank tops that I rotate and wash, and it's been working out great. The funniest thing is that I have this nice downsized wardrobe, and it seems huge because I never wear any of it anymore. Just my little uniform. I guess I'm fortunate to have friends that just don't care at all what anyone wears and I work from home, most of the time in my pajamas!

How has everyone else been doing?
post #73 of 157
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Originally Posted by Delight
The funniest thing is that I have this nice downsized wardrobe, and it seems huge because I never wear any of it anymore. Just my little uniform. I guess I'm fortunate to have friends that just don't care at all what anyone wears and I work from home, most of the time in my pajamas!

How has everyone else been doing?
Hi delight! Yeah, that is totally the thing... you get used to wearing one or two things, and then you start realizing, "Wow, I really do have a lot of clothes," lol. I like what you said about someone else being able to enjoy the clothing you are getting rid of. That is one thing that helped me. It was all sitting in my closet and no one was enjoying it....
post #74 of 157
<My summer "uniform" has pretty much been a flared knee-length skirt, a black tank top, my Super hero necklace, and my Chaco flip flops.>



I like that. I'm trying, I'm trying:
- one black silk tank
- two long sleeveless dresses
- 2 pairs of quite worn out pants that I made years ago -- they fit great and the fabric is lovely, but they are starting to get holey so I havent worn them much this summer
- black polka-dot sarong
- loose linen pants - red-y orange
- loose cotton pants- black -- also starting to look a little the worse for wear and I don't like the way the pockets make the thighs poke out
- long sleeve black silk shirt -- goes with the tank and can double as a jacket
- 2 plain white fitted t-shirts
- grey silk pants suit -- plain enough for work, fancy enough for parties, but the jacket is really too big -- I bought this at Goodwill and had both pieces shortened, but couldn't really afford to have the coat narrowed to fit me. I look a bit like a little kid in her mother's clothes in it, but it will do if I'm in casual enough circumstances.
- 2 pairs of black Naot sandles -- easy on the feet-
- 1 pair of Chacos, but the straps keep sliding around and squeezing my feet. I suspect it's too late to take them back, but I guess I can try. Delight, you are my inspiration.


that's just for the hot weather; the problem here is that the weather changes drastically all year.

I just had an interview in a law office and was hard pressed to find something to wear -- it was really hot that day. Thank god I didn't get the job, because I wouldn't have had more than the silk pants and the silk tank and the Tshirts to wear every single day. My work in the last few years has been as a teaching assistant at a university, and you really don't have to get gussied up for that; my clothes have always seemed adequate, even pretty nice, but boy, did I feel shabby that day.
post #75 of 157
Great thread. I have been going through and getting rid of clothing I don't love. I find myself wearing the same few things I just kind of like, so it is sort of depressing right now. But, I too am streamlining. Dresses don't work with the kiddos right now.

I really want to find some things that fit and look nice and work together.

I am going through the kids closets with a heavy hand and clearing out their clothing too. DD will be wearing more homemade shirts that fit, look cute and don't stain so bad - nice busy patterns.

Thanks for the inspiration everyone!
post #76 of 157
just subbing...now off to purge that closet....as an RN who used to wear scrubs to work, I'd LOVE a "uniform" for my job now (SAHMing)!!

thanks girls!!!

Sus
post #77 of 157
i love the idea of an 'intentional wardrobe' and it's something that i've been working on for myself for a while.

there are requirements that need to be met:

1. needs to be within 'my style'
2. has to be functional for my lifestyle
3. i cannot make my own clothes (don't know how--yet!), so i'm looking for organic, fair-trade items when replacing things that i do not use (donate) or cannot use (made into wash rags)

for the first part, i have a rather 'classic' and 'european' style according to people whom i know and my own travels in europe. i always blend perfectly in europe. my style is modest and simple with classic basic pieces (in clothing) and fun accessories (jewelry etc--now usually home-made).

the difficulty that i've been having with my personal style in the last few years is with my job. i teach yoga--but i do not like to wear athletic or yoga clothes "out" because it's not 'neat' or 'nice' enough for general wear. And, to feel 'appropriate' would require multiple wardrobe changes in a day--which made me nuts.

currently, i keep the top the same and change the pants multiple times a day--changing into jeans or a skirt throughout the day.

but, while travelling, i 'hit upon' a style that might work well for me. i found myself wearing a pair of yoga pants with a tank top and a dress over that. it was somewhat modeled after indian and muslim women's dress; i really liked the way that looked and felt--and i got lots of compliments on it. I would wear it all day while travelling--in and out of museums, hiking around in rural areas, and then out to nice dinners in the evening. I even went to a 'semi formal' event in the same outfit with slightly fancier shoes and jewelry--and people loved the look of it.

so, i think i found something that really 'works' for me.

now that my yoga clothes are wearing thin, and many things need to be replaced (i wear holes into things and then recycle into art projects--such as making banners and prayer flags), i am thinking of replacing in this direction.

the problem is sourcing. pants and tanks are simple. The dress i have will make a great over dress. it's multi-colored (brown, turquois, rust, orange, gold, grass green, cream, white, and butter yellow) and looks good with multiple tank/pant mixes. But, instead of being a pull over, i would prefer if it was a 'wrap style.'

one of my clients is going to help me convert this dress into a wrap style (if possible. if not, 'as is' is fine. and, she'll help me make a second dress that is different, but of a similar feel that will be equally colorful. I think two, maybe three, overdresses should be enough.

and then it will be:

2 jeans
2 skirts
2-3 wrap dresses
5 yoga pants
5 tanks
2-3 t shirts
2-3 shrug sweaters (a friend is teaching me to knit)
undergarments (bras, underwear, glad rags, socks)
3 bathing suits (2 athletic, one pleasure)

and then

2 athletic shoes (running/rock climbing)
2 dress shoes
3 casual shoes (flats, sandals, athletic-sketcher style)
2 boots

I want everything to fit in one carry-on suitcase. and, i'd like to be able to make my own clothes someday. right now, though, i'm learning to make personal and home care products, then moving into home/family herbology for health, and then into permaculture gardening (and 'homesteading') and in that process, i might be able to learn to make clothing.

but i'm willing to rely on the talents of others. I just want my wardrobe as efficient as possible. the fewer clothes, the better.

i suppose it could be argued that i don't need that much yoga clothing--but the work is hot (sweaty) and if i wash too frequently everything wears out too quickly IME. so, having a pair of pants and tank to wear each day i teach is helpful. things that can be taken off and worn less frequently--well, i need fewer of those.
post #78 of 157
Well, I did great on summer stuff...and shoes...but I think I still have way too much fall/winter/spring stuff...I guess it will be easier once those sesasons get here and I can see what I actually wear and don't wear....
post #79 of 157
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Originally Posted by Delight
I KNOW! Obsessed! I have really started to deconstruct my assumptions about clothes and all the emotions that go along with it. I'm trying to find the balance between wanting to look and feel pretty and just not caring what others think.
I just realized that I hoard t shirts because they are fun, and because I didn't have enough clothes when I was a kid (big poor family.)

The lightbulb is going off!
post #80 of 157
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Originally Posted by SRHS
Well, I did great on summer stuff...and shoes...but I think I still have way too much fall/winter/spring stuff...I guess it will be easier once those sesasons get here and I can see what I actually wear and don't wear....
yeah, me too. I already know it's going to be a struggle, but I had such fun working out my uniform for the summer, even if I didn't make it as concise as I would like, that I'm looking forward to it.

But coats! I have tons -- some really nice ones that I got from my MIL and from Goodwill -- and the weather here makes it hard to get by with just one that will do for everything.

the list (I'm going to get started thinking about what to get rid of now):
- long dark brown sheepskin -- heavy, but when it's really cold, it's the one I use
- long light wool coat -- pale grey -- gets used mostly in early spring; the light colour makes me feel better
- thick fleece jacket -- kind of a beige/brown, almost camel coloured; this one is kind of ugly, the colour is uggh, but the fleece is so thick that it's like fur, and I wear it a lot
- black knee-length alpaca coat -- cool style, found at Goodwill this summer (as if I needed another, but it was so amazing, I couldn't walk out without it)
- black knee length mohair - soft, light, beautiful, free (MIL), but not really warm enough; I wear it with layers underneath; it's starting to look worn because it has been truly loved -- alpaca one might be the replacement, but it needs to be test-driven first
- navy raincoat -- very plain, but very Euro-cool
- another raincoat -- long and flowy, teal outside and paler lining that shows in the hood and in the long scarf thing that is attached; I'm not sure what to make of this -- it's beautiful and I got it at Goodwill, but I really don't need a second raincoat

Input would be appreciated -- I have difficulty being objective.
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