“Don’t buy anything you don’t adore. Yes, this could easily mean fewer clothes!” Helen Gurley Brown, Sex and The Single Girl
I love clothes and always have. My first apartment had a walk-in closet, so I used to buy, alter or make clothes on a whim. I doubt that in my freshman year of college, I ever wore the same outfit twice!
But my tastes are in the process of changing, and that means admitting that I will never wear that long black lace Lip Service dress from Hot Topic or that pleated skirt I’ve had since 9th grade (and still fits!) So into the garage sale pile they go, to make me a little extra cash to spend on, say, a new Betsey Johnson dress.
The other side of that is that I’m less impulsive about what I buy. I’m now buying less on what I think I “should” have or what “might” work. It may look good in a magazine, but I am not a paper girl!
The other day, I was at TJ Maxx and I saw this beautiful blue peplum dress. I thought “I bet I could wear that to work,” and, even better, it was only $16 …but when I tried it on, I didn’t gasp in wonder at what was looking back at me in the mirror.
Would it have worked? Yes. And I would have gotten plenty of compliments on it too. But I didn’t adore it, which meant it had NO PLACE in my closet. I barely have time for the clothes I wear–why waste time on ones I don’t love?*
*If you have tee-shirts, don’t throw them out–instead, pick up Generation-T and make them into cool skirts and housewares!