I feel pretty-ish.

I’m really struggling lately with having NOTHING to wear. I have ONE outfit that I love, which I wore today:

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I usually wear a necklace and/or scarf. Today I wore Damson wrapped around my neck, but I took it off before I thought to take a picture.

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As you can see, I lack a full-length mirror and the ability to pick up messes before taking photos.

I need more outfits that make me feel like this. I need enough nice things that I can mix and match instead of wearing the same things together all the time. (Although it would be pretty funny if someone got deja vu because I did that.) It’s time for a wardrobe makeover (or wardrobe opera, which is the result of a typo–not mine–and is the best idea ever).

I’m making a checklist of pieces I own and things I want. The latter is a little overwhelming, and it’s just basic stuff. I won’t post the list, mainly because I lack the energy to make it a nice tidy table, but here are a few of my observations:

  • I have literally ONE pair of shoes right now. I think I need a second.
  • I have ONE pair of jeans that fit me, and my only black pants are actually Will’s and I need black pants for roller derby (reffing, not skating).
  • I have plenty of tights, which surprises me. Target clearance FTW.
  • I have t-shirts, but no tops.
  • I have (semi-)dressy dresses but would really love a jersey sundress or two.
  • I am quite lacking in sweaters of both the pullover and cardigan variety, which is a bit distressing as a knitter.
  • I love this skirt–so why don’t I have any other skirts I actually wear? I need more skirts like this one.

My main problem is figuring out where to start. My budget is approximately $0 but I do have a little work coming my way which will translate to a (very modest) budget down the road.

So how do I do this?

10 thoughts on “I feel pretty-ish.

  1. Georgia

    April 11, 2013 at 7:25pm

    i don’t know, but i am in a serious fashion rut myself. all i ever wear are jeans and t-shirts these days, and i can’t figure out how to put together cute/comfortable outfits that are not jeans and t-shirts. all i know is that i will be buying these shoes next week:

    http://www.zappos.com/hush-puppies-burlesque-dark-brown-leather

    and i might even go crazy and buy two pairs of shoes. i think the last time i bought shoes was before Agatha was walking.
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  2. Katie Lynn

    April 11, 2013 at 8:46pm

    A few years ago I made a decision to only buy well-made shoes. Sofft, Born, that sort of thing. For my everyday shoes I am now down to two pairs of heeled boots (brown and black) and a pair of bright blue suede sneakers. It has made my feet much happier to be living in well made shoes, and I’ve spent less than I would have had I purchased mid- or low-quality. I haven’t purchased a pair of shoes in over 8 months.

    As for jeans, I highly recommend Maurice’s. Their house brand is well-cut without being outrageously expensive. They run around $30 normally, but go on sale occasionally. I just got a pair on sale for $17 this week as I was desperate for pants. They sell them alongside the more expensive Silver and Vigoss (70& up a pair) and you can’t tell the difference. My other favorite thing about them is that they come in 4 lengths, so they aren’t too long/too short.

  3. Martha Joy

    April 12, 2013 at 4:23am

    I have gotten some great clothes at swapping parties, and gotten rid of great clothes that I didn’t love anymore, or that just didn’t fit me properly. You don’t need to be friends with everyone at a swap party, but having one or two is good – the rest can be acquaintances or neighbors or whathaveyou.

    Very budget- and climate-friendly :)

  4. Angela

    April 12, 2013 at 6:45am

    What size shoe do you wear? If you’re a size 9, I have a few pairs of barely worn shoes (including a great pair of Dansko boots that don’t fit me right) that I’m planning to give to goodwill. I’d be happy to mail them to you instead!

  5. Annika

    April 12, 2013 at 9:13am

    I replied to Angela privately, but just for the record my shoe size is 7.5/38.

  6. Annika

    April 12, 2013 at 10:00am

    IMPORTANT UPDATE: We got our California tax return this morning and I ordered the Dansko Valeries.

  7. Georgia

    April 12, 2013 at 2:55pm

    yay! and those Clarks MJs are adorable too. if i wasn’t 6’2 i would wear more heels. they’re hot. i just feel ridiculous in them.
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  8. allison

    April 14, 2013 at 8:31pm

    I find that Joe Fresh is great for picking up cute, well-made tops and dresses. And jammies. I rarely try their pants or jeans because I am so hard to fit, but I love everything I have bought there, especially the jersey sun dress I bought last summer. I wish I had 4 of them!

  9. allison

    April 14, 2013 at 8:31pm

    I find that Joe Fresh is great for picking up cute, well-made tops and dresses. And jammies. I rarely try their pants or jeans because I am so hard to fit, but I love everything I have bought there, especially the jersey sun dress I bought last summer. I wish I had 4 of them!

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