Thankfully, I had a much-needed week off of work last week. Along with spending time playing, reading and napping with Jackson, I also spent some time cleaning out my closet. If you would have asked me at this time last year, I would have told you I had plenty of clothes and everything fit perfectly. At the time, that was quite true but the caveat to that is that I was 7 months pregnant and 1/2 of everything in my closet was maternity. Let’s say I went a little overboard with maternity clothes. Gap Maternity and Pea in the Pod were frequent online shopping and lunchtime destinations. There were leggings and jeans and dresses and sweaters, all of which are now (thankfully) packed away in boxes, just in case.
When I took a look at what remained, there were some hits: the 7 for All Mankind jeans I adore, an Equipment blouse I pre-ordered on Moda Operandi and a Theory romper I’m so glad I snagged on Rue La La last year. But there were lots of misses too. Lots of “what was I thinking, I can’t wear this now that I’m a ‘grown up’ AND a parent.” Items that are making their way to Goodwill where I hope someone will appreciate them. They’re in good shape, just not for me anymore.
Back when I lived with my parents, on closet cleaning days, when discussing questionable pieces, my mom used to say “Do you feel good about yourself when you wear this?” This time, more than before, I took that seriously. And that’s how I’m going to go about replenishing my closet. I want to view what I buy as investments. When I say that, I don’t mean that I’ll spend a lot of money on every item, but I do want everything to be of good quality, able to go with several other items and I want to feel good about myself when I wear everything I own. Before, it was about having LOTS of clothes, which I did. Now I want it to be about clothes I love, clothes and shoes and accessories that are me. Things fit differently now, I may not be quite the size or shape that I was pre-baby, but I’m becoming okay with that and maybe that means I buy things that are new and fun and that I never would have before.
A part of this resolution comes back to the blog in that I want to share a little more of my style with you guys. I hope to bring more outfit posts your way and share how I’m making less into more. This won’t make my wish lists any shorter, I’m sure, but I’ll be shopping smarter. If you all have the same resolution, please take clothes, shoes and accessories to Goodwill or Dress for Success. There are people who will be so grateful for your donations.