You guys always have such great ideas. I managed to decide on colors this week. Navy, denim, berry, pink, burgundy, blue, violet, cream. And for now I'm going to keep my black and white items until I can gradually switch them to navy or cream. I'm thinking I might add khaki at some point since it would work well with almost all of my other colors. I saw some pictures of myself in black a few weeks ago. It is NOT my color. But would you believe that 90% of my clothes are black.....hey, black matches black and it's easy to find! But looking like walking death is not what I'm aiming for. I should have listened to my mother and grandmother. They've been telling me I shouldn't wear so much black. I'm still working on a buying plan/needs list. Did you all know you could order FREE swatches from Lands' End on most of their clothing items? I just found out. And I ordered a bunch of the swatch samples in "my" colors. So I'll see which ones match clothes I have and which ones would go with what I have and take them with me when I go shopping to make matches! I want to go to someplace like Lowe's or Home Depot and get some paint swatches too.
So, do any of ya'll have a list like
3 pairs of jeans
3 summer skirts
2 denim skirts
2 winter skirts
6 tank tops
4 short sleeve tees
2 pullover sweaters
2 twinsets, etc, etc, etc that you go by and each season you check off yep, got what I need for summer, oops, I'm going to have to buy a new wool skirt and twinset this season. The above list is just an idea. I'm wanting to work out something like that, but I've had a time trying to figure out how many of each item I need. I know, I'm kind of OCD on this, but if YOU had three months to go before you could buy clothes and you didn't own one pair of panties without holes, you had a stone tank top, a black long sleeve tee with a small hole over one breast, a really worn berry cardigan, a dressy black skirt, a white shirt, 4 flannel shirts (I hate to be cold), a denim skirt and a bark travel skirt.....YOU'd be pulling your hair out too!
Everything else I've either given away because it got too big or thrown away because it got too holey or the sleeves were falling off. Oh, and a pair of blue yoga pants and thermal underwear, but I'd look awfully funny stepping out in my thermal undies! I really need a system. And I can't order clothes or have clothes sent here because it's illegal to send clothes by mail here. Well, I might be able to order them, but there's about a 50% chance I wouldn't get them. And given the prices of mail order clothes....that's not an option. I have made one decision though......NO MORE WALMART clothes. I swear, they're ready for the rag bag in 3-6 months and the only thing from there that lasts more than a year are my bike shorts. So, yeah they're cheap, but they're too cheap. I can SAVE money by buying more expensive clothes. My flannel shirts from LL Bean are 3 years old, still look good, and will probably last several more years. So, I can pay $20 bucks for a walmart shirt that lasts six months or $40 for a shirt that lasts 6 years. And I LOVE thrift stores, but I'm learning that stuff from there doesn't last so long either. Maybe I'll supplement with thrift store purchases.
Whoa, meco! 100 tank tops and 50 pairs of jeans! I have one closet at my parents with storage items (household, baby clothes---someday I hope, crafts, mementos, etc.) And here, I'm getting ready to give away everything that I can't pack because I'm moving to a new city next year. My wardrobe generally has to fit in a carry-on size duffle bag. I might stick a few other things in my check luggage but that's mostly books, crafts and household items.....and shoes. But I love living overseas and exploring a different culture, learning a new language. Really I do! I just hate trying to figure out how many clothes I need!
Did I just write ANOTHER book! Sorry, but MDC is a life saver. I am the ONLY English-speaker here right now and have NO ONE to talk to. Fortunately the other foreign teacher gets back this week. I will be SO glad. So, forgive me for writing a second volume! LOL