Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Letting Things Go


Do you have those pieces that are sitting in your closet, perfectly fantastic and even something you used to wear regularly but have passed over every morning for a while now?  This skirt is one of those.  It was one of the first skirts I bought when I began revamping my closet two years ago, but for the last year nothing seemed right with it.  Besides this animal print top.  This one has been sitting in my Go Chic or Go Home ensembles for so long, and finally today is the day!  However, beyond this outfit I'm still kind of stumped.  (I should add that it's not the color that I'm stumped on, rather something isn't clicking with me stylistically when I pair it with any of the tops I have.)

I always hear rules like you should get rid of clothes you haven't worn for 6 months to 1 year, but so far I haven't played by those rules.  Especially not when I really love a piece.  I hold out for a long time hoping my style preferences change to where I can use the piece again, and it's not until I come to a place where I realize either a) I don't actually love the piece, b) if I'm honest with myself I will functionally not wear it anymore or anytime in the foreseeable future, and/or c) it feels more burdensome than helpful to have it take up space in my closet that I will finally let something go.  What "rules" do you have when getting rid of something?


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Shop for the Look:
Top: Forever 21 (similar, similar)
Skirt: Anthropologie (similar, similar)
Shoes: Target (exact, similar, similar)

52 comments:

  1. I can totally see this with a plain (white?) tee and a chunky necklace! I'm rooting for the skirt! :)

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  2. I have that exact skirt, and it also gets passed over, too. You've motivated me to wear it to my meeting this afternoon.

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  3. I don't have much olive in my wardrobe, however, since technically it's a neutral, and more muted than some, I love to pair olive colored pieces with very bright or jewel tone colors. I think that skirt would look great with a deep cranberry, bright raspberry, royal blue, or even rich shades of purple. I also agree with Heather, that it would look fabulous with white, and you could do a pop of color with her suggested chunky necklace or shoes. I'd hang onto that skirt if I had it too; one word: pockets! lol Good luck!

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  4. I like to pair olive with a magenta or purple. Mustard or cobalt could look good, too!

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  5. I don't have any rules for getting rid of stuff, that's why my closet is way too big. I'm trying first to get rid of things that don't fit (from my much larger days) and things that I haven't worn since undergrad (5 years). My friend tells me that if you wouldn't buy it now, you should get rid of it, but I think that is too harsh. Some days I will scoff at one piece, and a few months later it will be what I want to wear.

    I think this skirt would look great with fitted print tops- stripes, floral, etc. I would either keep the top sleeveless or fitted, but definitely colorful!

    Kate @ A Journey in Style

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  6. I KNOWWWWWW! Pockets = my skirt kryptonite. I love all your suggestions for color pairings, but that's not my problem. It's that I don't like how my particular tops look with the skirt--not that I think they look bad but that the outfits don't feel like "my style" anymore for the current moment. That's why I just keep hoping that my style will change again into something that works with this skirt. But yes, the pockets are a HUGE factor in me keeping this thing haha!

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  7. I like the idea of the skirt, but something about it just seems off in the proportions. Maybe it's a little too high-waisted? Or the pockets add a little bulk around the hips? I can't put my finger on it. It's definitely a skirt that requires tucking in, but then that means that your shirts can't come down to the most flattering point on you. Hmmm.

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  8. Can you come to my house and make my wardrobe re-mixable? I can't freakin do it....

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  9. I love the skirt but you have skirts that look better on your than that one does. It doesn't seem to hit you in the right spot on the legs and it's a little bit full. You tend to look super fab in pencil skirts so maybe that's part of the issue? I would pair it with a skinny brightly colored tee to see how that goes.

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  10. I try to get rid of things if they've been in my closet over a year unworn, but there are definitely exceptions! I'll hold on to pieces I love for longer.

    Fizz and Frosting

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  12. I do try to follow the one year rule because we don't have a huge closet. A six month rule might work if you live somewhere like California, but here in Virginia there are lots of things I can only wear half the year. The way I do it is working left to right in my closet, when I pull out and wear something it goes on the left. The right-most 20 things get donated every year.

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  13. This is a great suggestion.. I can picture it working!! ..... maybe..... I'm rooting for the skirt too! :)

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  14. I am with you, especially when you're trying to adapt to a new style. Sometimes things just take a while! I recently took the tags off something I bought for my new job more than a year ago, but it took me this long to figure out how to style it. But there are other things that I don't actually like or that don't fit right that I never should have bought in the first place. I also recently changed climates, and that is really throwing me for a loop, so I'm slow to get rid of things unless it's a pretty firm "doesn't fit" or "not my style anymore" or "this is threadbare."

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  15. With that skirt, I'd go with a really slim-fitting tank and a cardigan (or maybe even a blazer?) It is definitely a different sillouette than your other stuff -- you tend to do slimmer bottoms and fuller tops.

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  16. I adore that the skirt has pockets!
    xoxo-Kate Styled Pretty
    katestyledpretty.com

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  17. Personally, I love the skirt on you...everything about it - its style, where it hits on your leg, the whole shabang! BUT, ...I really get what you're saying. If you're not diggin' it (except for the fab pockets, of course))....maybe try wearing it a few more times in the near future with different pieces and accessories and see if your opinion changes. I, too, have a very small closet space and like to keep things neat and in order. I actually go through it about every 3-4 months or so. Just took 6-8 pieces to the Salvation Army this week. (I get most of my clothing off the 80% sale racks at Target, JC Penney, etc. and thrift stores). I basically wear what I really like. If I don't really like it, it goes bye bye pretty quickly. So enjoy your blog. Blessings, Audrey. :)

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  18. LOVE this outfit! I can see why you have kept the skirt around. It's got all the right stuff. Funny how you can like something so much, but have a difficult time finding the right items to wear with it. I love olive green because it acts as a neutral and can be worn with just about any color. One of my fave combinations is a pale pink for something a little sweet and unexpected. Or maybe you tried styling it monochromatic to create a dress look?

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  19. I have a loose rule of getting rid of things if I haven't worn them in about a year, but I definitely reserve the right to cheat on pieces that I still really like, that still fit, with the idea that I might really like it next year or something. I just need to get better at reviewing my closet, so I can see everything and a piece has the chance to be seen and worn!

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  20. I love this skirt! The colour the cut the POCKETS!! I see it with a plain white tank and a long necklace a kind of casual look. I have the worst time getting rid of things, I just tried on a jacket I was going to get rid of and the changed my mind once I tried it on.


    Pia
    pjmscloset.blogspot.ca

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  21. I just cleaned out my closet yesterday, but I admit there are a few pieces in there I can't let go of, even though I haven't touched them in awhile. You look adorable!

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  22. I did a major clean-out not long ago and it was like ripping off a band-aid. I just had to DO IT!!! It was painful but I let go of a lot of things. I told myself those things would be better off with someone who would wear them and love them than they would be gathering dust in my closet. I do have a few things I hold on to "just in case". A couple of dresses and jackets that don't really fit my mommy-on-the-go lifestyle but you never know when you might need a great dress and jacket!!! Okay, maybe it's wishful thinking, but we all need a little of that, right? :-)

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  23. I agree, and I had the thought that you could bring the skirt with you the next time you shop, so you can find a perfect ensemble!

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  24. I always try to get a second opinion and try things on before I pitch little-worn articles of clothing. I have had the sad experience of looking everywhere for something that I had previously gotten rid of.

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  25. I do closet cleanouts twice a year and use the "did I wear it in the last year" method. If I'm on the fence, I make it a point to wear it that week and make my determination as to whether it stays or goes! =)

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    I hope you are having a great week so far!

    Amber

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  26. the second i saw the skirt i immediately though, hrm, that's not something audrey would wear...it looks a bit...frumpy? maybe a little too full. worn a little too high, making the belt too fussy around the middle area? maybe tailoring it a bit so it is less full would make it more wearable like your other skirts.

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  27. Great skirt! I get rid of things if I don't like the way I feel in them...if it feels frumpy in the pile it goes!

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  28. I totally agree with you on NOT following the "get rid of it if you haven't worn it in 'x' amount of time". I have items from my working days, pre-children days, post children days and every body type inbetween!! I find that, like you said, there are items I just LOVE but I'm not in the "season of life" to wear it, or wear it often...I have a shirt that I bought 2 years ago, that was a lovely shade of purple and a style I loved, but I just didn't have the chance to wear it. When I took the tags off this summer, I loved it just as much as when I bought it and it paired perfectly with a new item I bought!


    But, then I have those impluse buys, that I haven't had but a few months and I realize "I am just never going to wear that". And, I can happily let it go to a new home and vow to be more selective when I purchase!


    SO, I guess my rules for getting rid of things are:
    1) try it on and If it doesn't fit right, LET IT GO!
    2) I either love it, or I don't. When I don't LOVE it and I"m not drawn to wear it, LET IT GO!
    3) if I love it and it still fits well, but I haven't worn it, put it in the front of the closet and put an outfit together for that item to wear THIS WEEK (it always works out!!)

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  29. I love that skirt - the color and pleating are fantastic!

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  30. Domesticated Working WomanWednesday, August 07, 2013

    I'm a rule breaker, too. I don't blame you for hanging onto it - it's a classic shape and color. Personally, I think it would look fantastic with a chambray shirt.

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  31. I rarely follow those rules about getting rid of clothes either. Go Chic or Go Home has actually been really helpful in that respect--if the item is in a couple of my ensembles, I figure it's worth keeping!

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  32. i love this look on you and definitely try to follow those rules (the if i haven't worn it once this year it goes rule)

    kw ladies in navy

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  33. Great outfit!!! I used to be ruthless with my closet cleanses but then I would hate it when I had gotten rid of something that a few months later I wish I had kept... so now my rule is if I don't think I want it or don't think I'll wear it, I will put it in my "donate" bag and hide it away in my closet... if I find myself missing the item I will take it out again and put it in my closet, but if I forget I have it... then its time to get rid of it!

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  34. That's TOTALLY what I do! I need that transition period to help me really commit or not.

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  35. I love how you tied that belt. And it's a pretty wide belt too.

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  36. Really like the skirt and top combination! I have a few pieces in my wardrobe like that, used to be old favourites but I hardly ever wear any more. I always try to wear something for "one last time" before I add it to the donate pile, so if I wear it and don't love it, I let it go. However I rarely give items that treatment, I usually skip over to something I know I will enjoy wearing instead, haha. I suck at cleaning out my wardrobe :P


    Away From Blue

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  37. I like your idea, white tees go a long way. Someone else mentioned a chambray top and I like that idea as well. I'm also thinking Fall with dark tights and tall boots. #teamrootingfortheskirt :)

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  38. I think this skirt would look good with your jean jacket!

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  39. Adorable! And I never throw things away..and always end up being happy about it when I fall in love with it again a year later!

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  40. I think sometimes your style outgrows itself. So even though that skirt was a big jump at first, the rest of your wardrobe has gone beyond it. But I'm also a big fan of holding on to things. You might find more tops that compliment in the future.

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  41. I used to have a strict "one year" policy, but I've recently let it go. I HATE having an overcrowded closet and I kind of pride myself on not having that many clothes, BUT sometimes there are things worth holding onto. Like that "fancy work dress that I might wear if I meet the governor" or that "crazy pair of pants that I might get brave enough to wear in public someday" :)

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  42. I clean out y closets twice a yr but give the stuff to my sisters that way if I want something back after a month or two I know where to go to get it back.

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  43. I have a pair of summer shorts this color and I love wearing them with a yellow or eggplant purple top. I love your blog. You have the best ideas and one of the few blogs that actually wear clothes that we can all get. Thanks for sharing your journey.

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  44. Hi Audrey! Not sure if it's the color that's stumping you, but I always find a "cargo" looking color goes best with white or a neutral color. I'd say wait around to Fall and see if you like it better with tights and a more "fall" look, otherwise maybe you've grown away from it!

    perfectly priya

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  45. In addition to asking myself if a piece is really "me", sometimes I ask if I have a substitute piece in my closet that works better. What makes this piece so special that it deserves a space in my closet? If it doesn't make the cut or it just doesn't feel like "me" anymore, then out it goes. That said, it's still an ongoing, never-ending process that's easier said than done.

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  46. By the way, love your blog. It's helping me define my style & is teaching me to be more discriminating about what I buy. Thank you!

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  47. Janet @ Unique IndieTuesday, August 13, 2013

    If I haven't worn it in a year (with the exception of a few evening dresses) then I'll donate it.


    Loving this color palette on you!

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  48. Stephanie HawkinsThursday, August 15, 2013

    I think the hemline is competing with the fullness and that increases the frump. Before getting rid of it, I'd try an alteration.

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  49. Thanks for the suggestion, Stephanie! But I personally really like this outfit and don't think it's frumpy. I appreciate the suggestion though. :)

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  50. Stephanie HawkinsThursday, August 15, 2013

    Yikes! After re-reading, I realized that I left half of my comment in my head. One or two of the previous commenters posted that they liked the skirt but that something was off. I thought so too but couldn't put my finger on it. It hit me on my third look at the pictures. I should have responded to a comment rather than starting a new thread. So my apologies for not being clear. The skirt (especially those pockets) is cute so I see your hesitation to get rid of it.

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  51. I love this outfit! It looks fun but professional at the same time! I like to clean out my wardrobe quite often, but I don't go by the 6 months rule either. I have some pieces I've has since school, that still look very nice and are in great condition. I might wear something to death one season and not wear it the next at all, but that doesn't mean I'll never wear it again ever. I just go with instinct.

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