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4/15/10 10:38:01

Shopping Early

I was raised to shop the end-of-season clearance items, shopping one year ahead for the best deal so shopping for clothes before the needed season SHOULD be second-nature to me. Yet as I have been in a semi-constant state of weight gain/loss over the past 10 years I have fallen out of this habit, and instead shop only for what I need when I need it.

Now with my weight loss slowing down a bit, and my clothing goals having shifted from "whatever fits" to "I'd like to LOOK good!" I am working on combining these two shopping habits into something that actually works for me.

I do NOT need to pick up the same shirt in multiple colors just because it fits well & looks good on me. I will invariably choose one favorite color, and rarely wear the others. Likewise it just isn't wise to wait until it's 98 degrees & I have NOTHING in the closet that won't cause heat exhaustion to realize I need summer clothes.

My new shopping habits are to shop for the current and next season only. As of right now, I have finished all of my spring & summer shopping for the year... and have a very short list of things I am wanting already, for this coming fall. I am still shopping the end-of-season clearance clothing, but I am MUCH more careful now. A $4 price tag is awesome, but only if it's attached to perfectly awesome piece of clothing! For me there will be no more stocking up on solid tees in 6 different colors.

My wardrobe has been pared-down over the past year from a tiny dresser positively bulging at the seams with okay-fitting clothes to the same dresser with a little room to spare - and yet because I have chosen my clothes more carefully, I am also dressing better than I have since High School. Who knew? Less really CAN be more - even in clothes!

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Hello! My wardrobe is going to be in a constant state of updating for the next year or so as I make my way back to my college-weight. Suggestions & critiques are GREATLY appreciated!
–Homeschoolmama    11/5/09
Thank you. I got that t-shirt from Wal-Mart for less than five bucks. They also had them of course in red and blue. I may go get another one.
Daphne   7/3/14
Nice new barrettes. Where do you find them?
Moniette   1/24/14
That magnifier pendant is great! One of my favorite bracelets came from my grandmother too.
Daphne   9/4/13
Thank you. I got the cage ring from Ebay for about 9 bucks. And the concert was great! I will post pictures soon.
Daphne   7/10/12
How beautiful you set everything for your princess party.
paulina   5/18/11
I saw the pictures on your blog of the setting for the princess party. How lovely! What a special day for you and your daughter to share!
Daphne   5/18/11
That does sound like fun. I have boys so I can't do those things!
Claudia   5/17/11
That princess party sounds like fun. Did you take any photos?
Daphne   5/17/11
Happy New Year! How's the chilly midwest? It's been rather cool down south so looking to you and others for outfit ideas.
Daphne   1/6/11
Hi there, just looking through different closets and yours caught my eye. I love that beige shrug of yours. Have you made any outfits with it?
Andrea W   11/9/10
   
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