for the love of clothes….

This morning as I peeled myself out of bed and jumped into the shower, I did the usual.  I tried to figure out what I could wear to work.  This part of the morning is one that I dislike.  Actually there are many parts of the morning that I dislike, but that’s for another post.  The reason that I absolutely detest this daily slog through my horribly crowded and messy closet is because I love clothes.  I know, that doesn’t make sense. It would make less sense if you saw me.  My favorite outfit is  jeans and a tee-shirt.  Nice jeans. The problem is actually two-fold.  First, my budget, like many of ours, doesn’t let me buy all the clothes I want.  The second part is that my closet, being tiny and crammed, doesn’t let me see what I have.    I seem to have a lot of clothes that I don’t wear because they are too old, but if I get rid of them would have nothing to wear.  Having to literally lean sideways into the doorway balancing on my toes to grab at a shirt just doesn’t cut it.  I long to look like some of the people I work with who are always so stylish and fresh looking.  I even have some clothes that are like that, and own an iron.  I walk into clothing stores and want to buy almost half of the store.  If only it fit me.  Not being blessed with height above 5 foot, its hard to find a lot of nice clothes without having to shorten them, which I don’t.  Hence I shop in the girls department, but that can create difficulties when trying to look professional (as if anyone can see me in my tiny cubbyhole at work). Also when I do go to the clothing store I end up blowing my budget on clothes for my daughters.   One day though I vow to redo my closet so that I can experience the dream of opening my closet doors and seeing rows of lovely clothes hanging with quiet grace, unwrinkled.  The I will be able to arrive to work in an enviously stylish yet comfortable outfit, with new shoes as well.  I also long to find a really great fitting pair of jeans.  That doesn’t seem to exist in our universe however so I will continue to wander aimlessly around the stores wanting clothes that won’t fit into my teeny closet. Which, I am ashamed to say, sometimes I just chuck my clothes into.  Any of you guru’s of organization and fashion who are reading this, please unburden yourself with your secrets…I am all ears (or eyes rather.)

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2 thoughts on “for the love of clothes….

  1. You know what’s fantastic for work? Dresses. You don’t need to co-ordinate and you can even take them through winter with tights and a sweater underneath. For your height I would look for A line dresses or a shift dress in solid colours. You could also try some wraps. I saw some for $18 at Target the other day. They look great in ballet flats, a small heel and boots when the weather gets cooler. There are some really fun t-shirt dresses too. If you haven’t worn a dress in while it can feel a little strange at first but you’ll look professional and cute and you can hang then and see at a glance what you have.

  2. Hmm. For a professional look on a budget, try the clearance section at Kohl’s — I get most of my purchases there for 80% off, and a lot of it looks great and lasts a good long time. Keeping in tune with dresses as subtlekate suggested, I’ve gotten a number of cheap, cute dresses at Marshall’s (Ross and Marshall’s are great for bargain shoppers). You can find great deals if you shop online at places like Forever21 or Charlotte Russe. (Use retailmenot.com to find the best deals!) As for an overcluttered closet… I have that issue too. It’s just so hard to let go of clothes, even ones you never wear, just because that “one time I might need this” might be just around the corner.
    Do it. Just goodwill anything you haven’t worn in 3+ months (not due to weather), because chances are, you won’t even remember you had it. Don’t worry, you’ll have more clothes left than you think you will. 😉

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