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26-04-2013
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I think know how you feel, Betina. Maybe your style is evolving and what used to be a perfect style fit just isn't you anymore? (Perhaps your wardrobe/style has reached puberty. It is probably feeling very awkward, isolated and insecure now:p)

Maybe you could focus on finding the "core" of your wardrobe and take it from there. Maybe if you identify what you love (or love the most ) in your wardrobe it will make more sense to you? Perhaps the retro pieces play a less dominant role now compared to before. I used to love vintage-inspired clothes and wear them daily, but now I prefer to save my vintage finds for dressy occasions and hot summer days when I can wear all vintage without it looking over-powering (because on hot summer days you wear very little clothes).

My impression of your wardrobe is that it is mainly composed of black/white and clear classic colors such as navy and red, and that you like more "fun" pieces.

 
 
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I think know how you feel, Betina. Maybe your style is evolving and what used to be a perfect style fit just isn't you anymore? (Perhaps your wardrobe/style has reached puberty. It is probably feeling very awkward, isolated and insecure now:p)

Maybe you could focus on finding the "core" of your wardrobe and take it from there. Maybe if you identify what you love (or love the most ) in your wardrobe it will make more sense to you? Perhaps the retro pieces play a less dominant role now compared to before. I used to love vintage-inspired clothes and wear them daily, but now I prefer to save my vintage finds for dressy occasions and hot summer days when I can wear all vintage without it looking over-powering (because on hot summer days you wear very little clothes).

My impression of your wardrobe is that it is mainly composed of black/white and clear classic colors such as navy and red, and that you like more "fun" pieces.
Thank you for your post, made me laugh

I prefer vintage in the summer time as well. Mainly because dressing vintage-y in is not that easy in the winter. It is too cold.

I guess I am having a hard time getting used to me reaching for the contemporary clothes most of the times these days. Thought it was just a fase during winter bu I guess nowadays I feel more comfortable that way and it is a bit sad to see my love of vintage looks go since that always felt very "me". But ATM I guess "me" is the more classic yet modern looks.

Still contemplating if I should put some of my clothes in the attic especially now that I have gotten my shoe shelf up. It can hold 10 pairs and I have put up those that I wear the most or want to wear. So now I got to figure out what to do with the rest.

I just do not feel like putting them away because I guess I will not wear them. But that is kind of silly now that I do not wear them anyway, right?

I had a thought that the trouble might be due to my open wardrobe but I do not think that is it. If I had my clothes in a closet it would just be hidden but not gone.

I just do not think the problem will go away before I get rid of some of my clothes (and by that I mean putting them in another place for a start) but I am having a hard time figuring out what to let go.

Thank you so much for your good advice on this rather shallow matter

 
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betina, as you know, I have two closets where I keep clothes, one of which is in my storage room. When my regular closet seems a bit full, I move off-season things to the storage closet.

Lately I've worn some things I hadn't worn in years ... the crewneck sweater I recently had to get rid of because it was worn out, I think there was a good long period where I didn't wear it. So just because you don't feel like wearing something now, doesn't mean you'll never want to again. You may in the future also find a new way of wearing it, perhaps with things you don't own yet.

Since this is bothering you, I'd take some things to the attic & see how it goes ... I would just promise that you'll trek right up there if you want something

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26-04-2013
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Just wanted to add ... I think it's important to have some way of keeping track of what you have so that you don't duplicate it inadvertently. If you move it out of sight ... I think you may have digital records of everything?

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@Ta-ta: I think you are definetely right. I started out easy yesterday by putting some bags and shoes up there. I was thinking about selling them but I am not sure that I want to put in the effort and like you said, maybe I will wear them someday.

I do not think I am at risk of duplicating. I have a pretty good memory of what I have and I have gotten things back into the rotation from the attic. Also I remembered that I had a denim dress that I am now turning into a skirt which has been on my wishlist.


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One of the drawbacks of a "4-5 piece french wardrobe thread" is that people seem to shop less, and there is no activity. Hopefully it will pick up at the start of May I need some distraction from reading and cramming too much law theory

I bought my May item (it is not cheating if it arrives in May, right?). A pair of washed silk Helmut Lang cropped trousers. I can hopefully cross "grey silk trousers" of my list now

I actually woke up dreaming about silk drawstring trousers and leather sandals the other day... Completely normal:p

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One of the drawbacks of a "4-5 piece french wardrobe thread" is that people seem to shop less, and there is no activity. Hopefully it will pick up at the start of May I need some distraction from reading and cramming too much law theory

I bought my May item (it is not cheating if it arrives in May, right?). A pair of washed silk Helmut Lang cropped trousers. I can hopefully cross "grey silk trousers" of my list now

I actually woke up dreaming about silk drawstring trousers and leather sandals the other day... Completely normal:p

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I aggree. I love discovering tons of new posts in this thread. They are often very inspiring.

Gorgeous pants hope they will fit like a glove


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One of the drawbacks of a "4-5 piece french wardrobe thread" is that people seem to shop less, and there is no activity. Hopefully it will pick up at the start of May I need some distraction from reading and cramming too much law theory

I bought my May item (it is not cheating if it arrives in May, right?). A pair of washed silk Helmut Lang cropped trousers. I can hopefully cross "grey silk trousers" of my list now

I actually woke up dreaming about silk drawstring trousers and leather sandals the other day... Completely normal:p

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That is too funny ... I'm not sure I've ever had a dream about clothes Love the color of your pants.

I am focused on other things than my wardrobe right now ... I won't mention recent thrilling purchases such as an oil pan, axle boot, etc. I went plant shopping today & was actually quite thrilled to find two types of lavender I've never seen before. (I have a flower bed that is all lavender--except for one mint plant--each plant a different type. A couple plants didn't survive the harsh winter, so I needed some new ones.)

Just stopped by to say RIP silver grey voile Marc Jacobs blouse. I had mentioned awhile back that it had been mended in order to wear it a few more times--turned out to be twice, and tonight the last. It was really beautiful

I have been considering a leopard print blouse ... perhaps now that this one is gone I can justify another Lanvin blouse The problem is that I gravitate to the gorgeous purple silk I already own ... it would definitely be a paisley situation where people would think it was the same blouse

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That is too funny ... I'm not sure I've ever had a dream about clothes Love the color of your pants.

I am focused on other things than my wardrobe right now ... I won't mention recent thrilling purchases such as an oil pan, axle boot, etc. I went plant shopping today & was actually quite thrilled to find two types of lavender I've never seen before. (I have a flower bed that is all lavender--except for one mint plant--each plant a different type. A couple plants didn't survive the harsh winter, so I needed some new ones.)

Just stopped by to say RIP silver grey voile Marc Jacobs blouse. I had mentioned awhile back that it had been mended in order to wear it a few more times--turned out to be twice, and tonight the last. It was really beautiful

I have been considering a leopard print blouse ... perhaps now that this one is gone I can justify another Lanvin blouse The problem is that I gravitate to the gorgeous purple silk I already own ... it would definitely be a paisley situation where people would think it was the same blouse
RIP blouse

If it is the purple blouse on your recommandations board I would avoid it although it is gorgeous. But I think people will mistake it for your other purple lanvin blouse.

Something leopard might be fun though - and nice with your polkadots.

 
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Gorgeous pants, Eizhowa!!

Sorry if I'm not responding to everything, I have been busy lately and couldn't read through everything.

However, I wanted to respond to the discussion that Betinapple started about evolving (confusing) closets. I remember that you (Betinapple) said even a year or so back that your style was evolving and that maybe you wouldn't wear as much cute vintage stuff as you grow older, have jobs etc. So what you are going trough sounds perfectly natural... You are bringing in new stuff since maybe you feel attracted to slightly different pieces now - and that's okay.

I agree it might be a good idea to move some stuff to another place. I have done that and found that it can be really nice to get back to something when it fits back in again. Some things may never fit back in again, then you can still give them away after a year or more time.

You know I've been fighting a bit with my color scheme since I just LOVE strong colors. I've really worked it out now and have been buying with a stronger focus, dreaming about a more focused wardrobe as a whole. I think I've moved into the right direction and I see my style more clearly now when I open my closet. But... the thought has crossed my mind that maybe I won't always feel like teal, burgundy and mustard during the next five or ten years. Maybe there will be days when I feel more like pink or purple again? So what then?? Should I never buy it again since it's not my color scheme?

Well, I think it's good to be focused... But maybe the time will come when my taste will evolve and I will feel like buying other stuff that doesn't really fit in. I decided that even if that means that my closet looks less focused as a whole I'm still allowed to evolve. How sad would it be if I'd always have to stick to what I like now, forever and ever, just to be true to "my style".

So personally I think I try to keep my purchases within a season in "one style" or "one color scheme", and I try to make new purchases work with things I own. But they don't have to work with everything. My style evolves and that's okay, even desirable.

For me personally it means that maybe one season I'm focusing more on teal, another it will be a bit more turquoise or neutrals like white or camel - whatever. I just don't want to change direction with every single piece I get. And I don't think my taste changes with every season either, but maybe every three or four years???

I'm still waiting for my blouse to arrive. Should come in tomorrow.


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^ as you know, I have several color schemes, and I return to each of them over time ...

betinapple, perhaps after awhile if you're not bringing things back into circulation, selling them would be a good idea.

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Here is my silk blouse, thanks to Eizhowa!

It arrived here today! It's really pretty, actually better than I expected The color is a tiny little bit less bright than on the pic but very rich. Now I really feel ready for all those temperatures between 10 and 20 degress Celsius... It doesn't need to get any warmer this summer



pic: theoutnet.com

 
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^ This blouse is the most 'you' as it can get. Congrats!

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^^ nice! well done, Eizhowa

 
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I think the Outnet has a tendency to use to much flash or something. In my experience everything on their site is lighter and brighter than in daylight. I am expecting the trousers I ordered to be a tad darker as well.

 
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