Or: My Gusty Combination of Brown and Black
Sometimes you have an item of clothing that you love but finally come to the realization that it’s time to get rid of it. Over the weekend I wore a few of the things I was having a hard time deciding whether to get rid of. Problem solved.
This blush pink shirt is one of those items. I loved its classic World War II look, the button sleeves, the pin-tucks around the waist. Sadly, it’s ripped under the arm and has atrocious armpit stains. I read somewhere that aluminum deodorant can “burn” fabric and cause permanent damage. I can’t seem to find anything to back this up, but I will say that since switching to natural deodorants a few years ago, none of my clothes have had armpit stains again.
I have managed to wear this shirt a few times by covering with a cardigan but that seems really tacky. Time to bid this shirt adieu.
The skirt is another story, it’s been in my closet for a few seasons – a lovely cast off from my sister. Every time I wear it I realize that it fits very strangely around the hips (see picture) and butt and is probably the reason I wear it so infrequently. At the end of the day it doesn’t matter how cute something is on a hanger, if it doesn’t fit correctly it’s wasting space! I find wearing an item all day is the best way to decide how I feel in it and make a decision about whether I want to keep something.
Silk Shirt: Casual Corner ’02??
Cardigan: Banana Republic, ’08
Skirt: Cast off from sister, Limited? ’03?
Brown Suede Shoes: TJ Maxx, ’04
Purse: Small Shop in Conque, France ’10 – the guy was making everything right there!
I wore my jean skirt without tights for the first time since October. It’s always such a strange thing to go bare-legged. It was still a little chilly so I ended up wearing my scarf and sweater (not pictured) almost all day.
I feel like dressing in the dark mornings is getting a bit difficult, as I’m in my winter rut of easy clothes – the same few pairs of bottoms and different shirts. Since finishing my 30-30 I’ve just replaced the featured skirt and pair of jeans for another – mostly because I need to take a bunch of things to the tailor.
Next week perhaps I’m going to try to wear the things I didn’t get around to wearing in my winter wardrobe one last time before I pack them up at the end of the month. My closet is small enough (or perhaps my wardrobe large enough) that the closet can’t hold both seasons at once.
My goal at the end of the month is to get everything clean and pack it away for next fall. The new season always brings a fresh outlook on what I have – things I’ve forgotten about and new ways to wear everything, so I’m excited for that – but to break it out too soon is a little headstrong. Who me? Headstrong?
White shirt with shirring: Hand-me down from the Sister, Express – Year unknown
Denim Mini-skirt: H&M (purchased in Nice, France, ’03 when there were no H&M’s in the states)
Scarf: Street Vendor Florence, Italy, ’03
Shoes: Nine West via TJ Maxx, ’10
This outfit got rave reviews by everyone at work. Several people said, “You look so elegant, so old Hollywood!” Everyone wanted to know what the occasion was, but I just smiled and nodded and graciously accepted their compliments.
The dress was so comfortable and flattering, it was much more body conscious than some long dresses can be. The jersey (t-shirt) fabric kept it from being super dressy.
It was a beautiful day here, and spring may finally be in the air here in LA!
Dress – Max Azria via TJ Maxx, ’11
Shoes – BCBG via N Rack, ’11
Denim Jacket – H&M, ’10
Scarf – Street Market, Florence Italy, ’04
All my 30-30 clothes are in the hamper waiting to be washed. And I will get around to that eventually. It’s such a nice feeling to put them behind me for a bit. I feel like my options are endless now! It did really help to recalibrate my feeling of having nothing in my closet!
I took the day off to spend with my parents who were in town visiting. A morning hike and a delicious breakfast and then wandering around the mall and dinner out on the town. It was a very nice day.
My outfit transitioned from day to evening nicely with loose inspiration from Isabel Marant’s F/W ’10 show. Sequin leggings aren’t really a viable option for most of us but I loved the cropped pants with pointy shoes.
You may recall that I also have this sequin shirt in navy, yes, I own two colors of the same shirt – hey they were on sale!) You can’t really tell from the picture but they’re matte sequins which I liked.
Stud Purse from N Rack, ’11
Almost over!! Are you as excited for this exercise to be done as I am?! Despite my boredom I tried to put together an outfit I’d really feel good in today. Success! I feel great and I love the color combination of plummy purple and light pink. With just a few sequins thrown in for good measure!
I realized last week that I really only picked out two bottoms that I can wear to work day in and day out. Two bottoms for 30 days is a little rough. The other pair of jeans requires heels (can’t do that all day when I am on my feet) and the other skirts are great but too fancy or too eye-catching to work as neutrals. Well I made it – despite my picking mistakes.
I’m going on a short trip to see a friend this weekend! I may be getting tired of this 30-30 deal but it does make packing a breeze. I practically threw in a third of my 30 items and a bunch of underwear and am ready to make any outfit the weekend could throw at me.
Here’s today’s outfit, something comfy and warm – since it’s going to be cold all weekend and possibly rainy. I whine but really I know half of you would die for temperatures in the 50’s. So I’ll try to keep that at a minimum for you!
Have a wonderful weekend ladies!
I missed day 16 because I was sick – yuck. I slept all day, so obviously there wasn’t an outfit involved.
I threw on the navy tank top under the black sweater because I was out of undershirts. I didn’t realize it would show up, but it is a happy accident. I love the navy, black and pink together!
Threw this on as I ran out the door, since I overslept a little. Was considering replaying the outfit here but decided to switch it up and keep that for later.
After getting to work I realized that I’m not a big fan of the sneaker with skinny jeans look. And I should have worn a scarf to keep this from being boring when I took off the jacket. Isn’t it the worst to decide you don’t like your outfit when it’s too late?
I guess part of the 30-30 challenge is that you will have some high and some low moments. Despite how I felt in this mix, the picture looks cute – so maybe it was just me having the Monday blues after my happy fun-filled birthday weekend! Back to normal life.
Running errands and hanging out with friends. One of my friends thought this looked very euro with the bright tights. I wanted to be comfortable in flats but not boring. You can see the tank top (which isn’t in my 30) but I was wearing it more as a foundation piece since I never took off my sweater.
It’s weird how many outfits you can garner from 30 pieces. Which makes you realize how much excess one really has. 30 is probably 20% of my entire closet, and I wouldn’t say I have an excessive amount of clothing. It just collects over the years and it’s fun to buy new things. Part of this challenge is that there’s no shopping for the whole month. It’s like a recalibration of your closet value. After wearing the same 30 things you begin to look at everything you own with new eyes. And really, I think mostly we tend to wear the same few things anyway until we get tired of them. Well I do at least.