|dress worn as top, skirt: Forever 21 :: heeled sandals: Payless:|
serpent belt: Urban Outfitters:: jewelry: ?
Three months ago, I put myself up for a challenge. I promised that for 6 months, I wouldn't buy any items of clothing, jewelry, or shoes. I did this for multiple reasons: 1. to stop hoarding; 2. to rein in my impulsiveness; 3. to learn how to remix better; 4. to hone my DIY crafting skills.
For a while, things were relatively easy since I had just graduated and was too preoccupied being on "vacation mode." I was immersed in housework, applying for jobs, and catching up with friends, and I didn't notice that I hadn't been shopping. Three months in and, though I'm not sorely tempted to buy anything in particular, I did cave in and spend a whopping $3.00 on thrifted goods. I couldn't help it-- $1.00 Etienne Aigner bag? How can I pass that up? In my defense, the store was on the way to the gym, so I gymmed my guilt off after the purchase.
What have I learned so far?
1. My closet is, for the most part, rubbish. I realize that I've collected a ton of clothing, but none of them are really items that I would like to wear more than a couple times. After the challenge, I am definitely going to invest in more basics of better quality than I'm used to.
2. I need to branch out of my normal color options. I tend to go for solid, more saturated hues. I definitely need more blush tones and lighter neutrals.
3. Trousers. I need them. 'Nuff said.
4. I need serious help in remixing.
I am only now learning how to wear a dress as a top and how to wear other items in different styles. It literally took me 5 minutes after staring at this dress to realize that I can wear this dress as a top or as a skirt. Gracious.