I’m in a wardrobe rut.
Part of me feels like it shouldn’t matter that I wear the same things pretty much day in and day out. Clothes are functional, right? As long as I’m not naked or breaking dress codes at work, that part of me feels like anything else isn’t a worthy goal.
Not to get too much into my metaphorical baggage when this is about my literal baggage, but attitude is directly related to my upbringing. The message I received was anything beyond the barest of necessities wasn’t necessary. Wither it was celebrating holidays, hobbies and activities or buying clothes, it was defiantly not okay to want a things I didn’t absolutely have to have to get by. I’ve come a long way in allowing myself to have desires without guilt, but I do have to overcome the mindset I grew up with to live my actual values about spending, possessions, and – most importantly – fashion.
Every so often, I have to take look at what I’m wearing on an average day and what’s sitting in my closet. Some things get tossed and some things put back in rotation. I can figure out what I need to add in order to make other items wearable. The last time I did this was right before I move to South Carolina in August 2010, so it’s been a while. Sadly, I’m up around a size to size and a half, so I’ve removed separated those items out both to make it easier to find something to wear and to motivate me to stick with using the Wii Fit and eating salads. Nothing crazy, I just want to get back into my favorite skirt:
And the tights. I still need to go through my underthings, but I know my $5 colorful Target tights just barely fit. The other side of the equation is in having my fitting items and not fitting items all together, I end up not wearing what I could be wearing because it’s a hassle to rummage through my stash to find the stuff I can wear.
The brand new category with this sort is my to mend and to alter basket. I’m going to take inches off sleeves that are too long and fix what ought to be fixed. My first step in mending and fixing is getting some stains out. I’m not sure what I’m going to do creatively with anything that won’t easily go back to perfect. For now, I’m soaking a handful of shirts in some hot water and vinegar. I have the tools, I have the know how and I got Mend It Better: Creative Patching, Darning, and Stitching for Christmas. After hearing the author on a podcast and reading her blog, I was excited to be inspired. I have a good idea of what I want to do to a couple of things and, most importantly, intend to blog about it.