10.21.2010

What I Wear :: Day 4

And so we arrive at day four, and I'm sure that all three of you who are reading this are sitting on the edge of your seats (sarcasm thrown in at no charge). But guess what? I do have some exciting news for you! I have another guest lined up for tomorrow and she's big in the fashion blog-o-sphere. Kendi - from Kendi Everyday - has generously agreed to answer some questions I sent her and share them with you, right here on Busy Nothings! {happy dance} Make sure you come back tomorrow and see what she has to say about clothing, must haves and more.

Before we get started, I wanted to share a website I've been following for a few months now called The Great American Apparel Diet. Before you ask, no, I'm not officially taking part in this "diet", but I do think they are on to something with this idea of not buying any new clothes for a year. How many of us already have a closet stuffed with clothes that we might - or might not - wear? I know I have been guilty of that in the past. Over the last year I have made a concerted effort to clean out and purge my hanging clothes, dresser drawers, and shelves of items that I know I haven't worn for a year or more. With the 23 lb. weight loss {thank you very much}, I am now able to fit in many of my smaller clothes once again and I'm also more comfortable trying new styles of pants and clothing in general. I've held yard sales and made more trips to my local donation center than I can count, but the result is that I can honestly say now that if you look in my closet - I wear every item.

Where TGAAD and I part company is when it comes to discussing what to do with all the money you "save" by not shopping. It seems like many of the women who are participating are either miles deep in debt (quite possible) or they have lots of expendable income, but from the way they write, we are not - nor ever have been - shopping at the same stores. I keep thinking, "if I had $1,500 extra from not shopping, I'd be paying off our mortgage in a hurry!" Still, I like the general idea (curbing all kinds of shopping), and using the money you "save" to pay down debt or your mortgage, to save for a big trip or build up your nest egg or retirement. After all, do any of us really need more clothes (shoes/handbags/books - wait, I'm not giving up books yet!)? Just something to think about.

And now on to the outfit of the day. One of the things I've realized is that I have an affinity for autumn colors - greens, browns, oranges, deep reds. I do tend to dress a little differently for each season (i.e. I had some brighter t-shirts that I wore this summer), but I also stick to the darker shades of brown/green/blue/red - even in summer. Can I whine a little here? This is the hardest time of the year to dress - it's in the 30's this morning, but is supposed to be up to 70 this afternoon. Now, how does a continually cold person dress for that kind of day? One word - layers. I didn't wear it for the picture, but I have a brown cardigan that I wear with this if I get chilly and I have a long sleeve t-shirt on under my (thin) sweater. If I'm out somewhere wearing this and it warms up, I have been known to strip off the t-shirt and just go with the long-sleeved, thin turtleneck sweater. And how about those shoes (yes Seestor, they are similar to WEB, but not quite up to par with the ones you used to sport!)? Day four with those as well...good thing I like them.

Camden Twill Trousers: L.L.Bean (Clearance!)
Turtleneck Sweater by Sonoma life + style: Kohls (last year)

5 comments:

  1. You crack me up.

    I have to say I'm pretty good about not buying clothes -- but it's mostly because I hate all the stuff that is on the racks. I'm a classic kind of girl and I also just wear stuff until it falls apart. But unfortunately for me I never get around to going back for more of the stuff I like until it's already gone. :-/

    I actually could really use new clothes, having bought virtually nothing in the last 3 years (besides a few maternity tops and such but I was lucky enough to fit in my own pants & 1 size up the whole time!) and I really need some new hip sweaters so I can look as good as Mack (who gets clothes from everyone we know and they are so darn cute) but I find nothing. Maybe I'm just not trendy enough -- but I like my clothes to last more than 1/2 a season. You know what I mean!

    And as for the shoe problem, I really don't want to talk about it. I have at least 70 pairs of shoes and I swear I've only unpacked about 20 pairs since we moved 4 YEARS AGO! Umm, yeah, I really need to part with some of those shoes. But not the ones that only go with that one suit, please :) And definitely none of my flip flops!

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  2. I'm not sure if I've seen TGAAD, I'll have to go check it out. But, I do intend to start a KENDI INSPIRED 30 for 30 next week that includes no shopping for 30 days!!

    Since I mainly shop at thrift stores these days... 30 days of no shopping might get us a movie date + popcorn. No mortgages being paid off by my lack of clothing consumerism. Well, except the normal monthly payment, I guess. :)

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  3. I think you look great every day, but since you are perpetually chilly (and since you tend to like simple styles), I think you should find some cute scarves to add easily layers, color, and warmth. You can find some great scarves at thrift stores. That's just my opinion, completely unsolicited, old women like me are like that.

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  4. I'm with you. My shopping isn't so bad that stopping will pay off anything big, but I don't really need any new clothes either.

    Love your fall colors!

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  5. You never fail to make me laugh. I love your sarcasm. =D And I love that green on you!

    ♥/Bevin @All is Bright

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