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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

When You Have Nothing to Wear

Top: Old Navy (similar #1, similar #2)   |  Vest: Old Navy  |  Shorts: Loft  |  Sandals: c/o Shoetopia

How is it September already?  Sheesh.  Well, it is still nowhere close to feeling like September here.  With the heat still going strong, I've become completely uncreative with my outfits, thinking it's because I lack a solid rotation of sleeveless blouses.  But I resisted the urge to go out and buy a bunch of new things, and a bit of time spent in my closet got the wheels churning again.  This outfit was birthed out of that.  And somehow I'd forgotten about all of my sleeveless dresses.  I could probably wear each of my sleeveless dresses once and be good for the next 2-3 weeks.  Ridiculous, right?  It will make for boring blog outfits since the only thing I can do to change a dress without layering in the heat is to wear a different necklace or belt...but I will let real life and my real budget and my real desire to not be consumed by consumerism win over blogging this time.

Isn't it a little crazy how easy it is to think you have nothing to wear and to consequently be compelled to buy a bunch of crap?  And isn't it even more ridiculous when spending an hour in your closet instead of an hour shopping can refresh how you feel about it all?  Lesson I've been learning from this past year: Do not let shopping be the first solution.  When I feel like I have nothing to wear, go first to my closet, not to Target.  (Oooooh that stings to say.)  

What do you do when you feel like you have nothing to wear?

28 comments:

  1. shoot. I always want to go to Target. :) http://forlaurenandlauren.blogspot.com/

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  2. I am kind of between wardrobes right now, so sometimes when i feel I have nothing to wear, I am right! But still... Must. not. shop. Not on an impulse anyway!


    I adore your blog, btw. I discovered you on Pinterest! I may even reference your blog on a post I am working on about my belt ineptitude. Thanks for doing what you do!

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  3. Isn't that the truth. I know I feel like that all the time and then i take a good, hard look in my closet and find some amazing finds.

    Agi:)

    vodkainfusedlemonade.wordpress.com

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  4. I'm new to your blog and loving it! Belting the tank like that looks great on you, but it makes me look like a mushroom. Are there any tips for belting on a high-waisted, almost pear-shaped body? (Read: long torso, short legs, big bum).
    Thanks!

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  5. That is good advice (one hour w/ closet instead of one hour shopping). I'm going to try to keep that in mind whenever I have a "nothing-to-wear" day. :)

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  6. Ha-ha I hear you! I think the change of seasons around here help me. When I go into my "winter clothes box" and be like OH YEAHH! I have this, I cant wait to wear it! BUT when the seasons come to a close I want to go to the target solution because I feel like I have nothing to wear when in reality I just do not want to wear the same things over and over. Luckly (I guess) for me. The Budget doesnt allow me to solve this problem with target.. .until you get a target card. ha-ha jk... kind of.


    Sara
    http://seventwentysomethings.blogspot.com/

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  7. I completely fall prey to that feeling of the end of the season and then I am so sick of everything and don't want to wear what I have!
    adoredlife.blogspot.com

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  8. Your blog has helped me so much with this problem! It's helped me see the versatility in things that I already own so that I can wear them more ways than I ever thought before! Thanks for the continuous inspiration :)


    Rachel
    How Bout Some Cake?

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  9. I read something the other day about just buying a couple of accessories in this season's colours to update your wardrobe. It was a "bing" lightbulb moment! I know it is common sense and so simple but I have always rushed to the shops first too. Well not any more :-) x

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  10. I'm a little stuck too. It's been 85+ for the past month and it'll still be like that till at least the end of the month. I did score some completer pieces, but it's too hot to wear them. :( I may have to resort to wearing skirts to take the kiddos to & from school to mix it up from my shorts & tees. I also just got the StyleBook app, so hopefully I can play around with that some to put outfits together.

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  11. I'm new to your blog and it's really been inspiring me! And my husband is loving that I am shopping in my own closet (versus the stores!) We are still in temps of 100+ and will be for awhile :-( and I'm in a rut with my summer stuff. I'm ready to wear all the cute fall outfits I've been putting together....but in Phoenix, fall comes in late November ;-) So I will continue to work on summer stuff!

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  12. Seasonal transitions ALWAYS make me want to buy a new wardrobe - particularly when the weather hasn't changed yet but my mentality has, so somehow the sleeveless blouses/dresses don't seem appropriate anymore. I have bought several fall items but am trying to be better about mixing some of the weather appropriate pieces with fall-ish colors to make myself an in-between wardrobe... You're inspiring me to go spend a little time in my closet!

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  13. Hahah, I know what you mean! I always feel like I have nothing to wear. I love the floral print on your tank top btw :)

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  14. I have got to start taking your advice- and turning to my closet first. Shopping just gives you that thrill that your closet doesn't!

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  15. I'm loving the vest! I've seen you where it a few times, and I've been on the hunt for one since! Have you seen them anywhere else? I've never seen it on the Canadian Old Navy site. Thanks!
    Sarah
    cooperscloset11.blogspot.com

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  16. I found your blog recently and was inspired to rework my closet (with the help of a friend). Thanks; your ideas are so practical and inspiring.

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  17. I just recently moved for 3 months and returned to my place again. My husband and I fit everything we need from our kitchen to living/bath/bed-room into 1 car for 3 months. I just got back this month and redid my whole closet. My closet feels like new. Just reorganize your closet.

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  18. HappinessatmidlifeTuesday, September 04, 2012

    I am so guilty of not shopping my closet. Good job for resisting the urge to shop!

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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  19. I love that you worked within your real life constraints to put an outfit together! I thought that was the whole idea, LOL! Part of what I love about your blog is the "real" aspect. Sure it's great to go shopping, but really, the hardest part is only adding things that work with what you already have. Your posts have made me truly evaluate my closet and any purchases I've made. Please don't feel pressured to post an entirely new outfit everyday, that is not real life.

    I personally love to see how many different ways you can wear your clothes. Makes me really want a striped tee shirt like yours...!

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  20. I feel your pain! To make an outfit interesting when this heat prevent layering. My solution was to shop my sisters closet :) Love your outfit!

    www.daisyraeboutique.com
    www.kacieskloset.blogspot.com

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  21. When I feel like I have nothing to wear first I go to my bottom of each draw and rotate my clothes. It seems I always forget about pieces that get shoved to the bottom. I also try take a look at my accessories and see how I can incorporate them for a new look.

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  22. And when going to your closet isn't working . . . be thankful that Target is coming to Canada (hurray!). What? That wasn't your point? Oh. . .

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  23. Even though I have enough room in my closet to store both IN and OUT of season clothing... I like to put away the clothes I am not wearing at the moment... Then when I pull them out, they feel new again. I think sometimes staring at the same clothes all the time, even though I am not actually wearing them, makes them seem uninteresting to me.
    I also like to pin outfits and also keep inspiration pictures from magazines. When I feel like I don't have anything to wear, I look at my "style file" for ideas I haven't tried yet.

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  24. You're site is SO helpful! Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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  25. Caitlin (Greater Than Rubies)Sunday, September 09, 2012

    I'm so proud of you!

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  26. I do my laundry :) There are usually a few things I kind of forgot I owned haha.

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