It has gone way past the time I should have flipped my closet to warmer weather clothing. I have been pulling things out from under dry cleaner bags for almost two months now. The winter sweaters were still occupying the prime real estate in the closet, making it a pain to get dressed for work in the morning. Thanks to fellow blogger Kathy in Ozarks, who was talking about cleaning her closet this week, I finally got to it. She posed the question, do you have clothes you just cannot part with? Apparently, I do! Last winter I did a post on how to analyze your wardrobe, so I put those principles into practice again with the summer clothes.
Pulling out the summer stuff, there wasn’t that much actually. Summer isn’t my favorite time of year, I really hate the heat. Still, I found a few things that could go to the Humane Society thrift store to make room for something new. I took a good look at what I was keeping and decided on some rules for shopping.
1. No more black, it is summer for crying out loud, yet the stores are full of black.
2. No solid color tops, this wardrobe desperately needs prints, find at least two.
3. Find a short sleeve, lightweight, not-bolero-style shrug to go over the sleeveless shells for work.
4. Buy only what can be worn at least two other items.
5. Buy only what will go with what I already own.
6. Buy only what fits now, not what might fit 10 pounds from now.
7. Look for new lingerie.
Did I mention that I am a Macy’s freak, and it was the day of their One Day Sale? I had a gift card burning a hole in my pocket, and today was a good day to use it. It takes an hour to drive to Macy’s in South Carolina, but it is worth it to me. I never take anyone with me shopping, as I don’t know another soul that can spend four hours in one store, trying on different things. And I didn’t even go to the shoe or accessories departments!
Believe it or not, targeted shopping with specific goals makes shopping easier. I am not distracted by the other pretties, OK maybe for a few minutes, but I stayed true to the plan. Only things that fit the rules went to the dressing room. I tried on probably 30-35 things, and came home with four. All were on sale, the light green t-shirt was 80% off!
Nothing is black, the polka dot is navy. The two tops are prints. The white crochet shrug is goal #3. The polka dot can be worn with the white shrug or a red one I already have. I actually am amazed that the crocheted look is still current. I was hoping for something a bit different, like a cotton short sleeve cropped shirt that could be used as a jacket.
The pink floral, short sleeve, cotton sweater has a cute print, is lightweight, and goes with three of my solid color sleeveless shell tops so it also fits #3.
The T-shirt was just too cute, and can be worn with shorts or jeans, alone or under a sweater.
DH will be pleased to find out that the balance of the gift card went to new lingerie, all on sale, goal #7 achieved.
So how does this relate to sewing? The rules can still apply for no black, more prints, and choosing a pattern that will be versatile. I still need more prints in my closet, so I will look for a cute pattern and sew these rayons into tops for work. I could also make a lightweight cotton jacket to go over those shells that might be more of what I am looking for.
Thanks, Kathy, for inspiring me to get off my duff and get the summer wardrobe in better shape.
Do you shop and sew with a purpose or rules?