It is a sad, sad, sad, SAD closet. Indeed, it is a sad closet I have.
I am not one to get hung up on the latest fashion or feel like I have to be “trendy”, but a girl always likes to look pretty and lately I have just felt like a frump. I think this is mostly due to the fact that I gave away 2/3 of my closet last month and have only purchased one coat since my purge of the un-worn. YIKES. I may have tees and camis for days; my scarves have taken over my dresser and the backside of two doors, but I have practically 8 outfits for work!
think know that part of the problem is that I still hate clothes shopping!!! I believe this hatred stems from a couple sources:
- My past experience working in retail has made me never want to shop/fold/look at a tee table EVER again. There has been many a time when I begin picking up clothes on the floor or folding something, simply out of an old habit.
- I have a “funny” shape – tiny waist and J. Lo booty with saddlebags. I am one of the girls who knows she just should NOT wear skinny jeans, no matter how trendy they are – I own a mirror and see my reflection before walking out of the house (which is more than I can say for most of the girls I see on the way to work every day). I am thankful for my body that isn't disabled and
trywill try harder to love myself just the way I am.
- I don’t think dressing like a tramp is “fashionable”. Plain and simple. I am about classy and timeless outfits and would rather look like a grandma than a lady of the night [rant over].
- For a long time, I was working REALLY hard to pay off the small amount of credit debt I incurred over a couple years. What was a seemingly “little” debt felt like a crushing weight to me, and I couldn’t wait to be out from underneath it! Now it has been kinda hard to let go of the penny pinching/constantly saying “no” habit I developed and actually allow myself to buy things.
When Mom asked me what I wanted for Christmas, I responded with an enthusiastic “BLACK PANTS!” I had one pair of nice dress pants and was in desperate need of new ones! Well, after four hours at the mall and countless pairs of black pants, I said screw it and declared I would much rather eat Paradise Pie from Chili’s instead of trying on another pair of pants.
Similar situation for my birthday… Natalee asked me what I wanted and I said I wanted to go shopping with her. Hallelujah, I found a pair of black pants (three months after Christmas) but that was it. That night I opted for beer instead of dessert to console my wounded esteem. Nothing is worse than trying on cute clothes and having absolutely no success – seriously, some of the pant legs were sewn so tight I couldn’t even try them ON!!! They didn’t fit past my knees!
I long to be “one of those” gals who is fashionably frugal. Who knows how to pair color and accessorize to really make an outfit look great! [yes, I worked in retail, but I sold men’s shirts and ties for crying out loud!] I have to caution myself against idolizing some of the ladies who write my favorite blogs – they always look adorable and put together, even on lazy sweatpants days.
Here are some of my favorites:
Jessica Garvin: http://littlebabygarvin.blogspot.com/
Samantha Osborne: http://www.samandcharlieosborne.blogspot.com/
Mckinli Hatch: http://devandmcki.blogspot.com/
Seriously??? How do they do it???
So first things first…
I took a cue from Jessica and purchased a sparkily gold belt. LOVE it. Now, if I can only overcome my aversion to the mall and more importantly… the fitting room. The person who thought it would be great to have horrible lighting and a wall of mirrors should be tarred and feathered… or better yet: forced to try to fit into skinny jeans!!!