Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Closet Cleaning and Semi-Reviews

So, I have been working on cleaning out my closet. I'm really focusing on getting rid of things that never fit properly, were too small, & things I didn't love. I want to replace SOME of the things I am getting rid of with items that fit better and are better quality.

So far I've listed quite a few things on ebay, 10 cardigans, 21 other items. I have 1 cardigan, 2 tops, and 1 dress in the donate pile so far and at least 18+ more things to list on ebay. I also have an undecided pile with another dozen+ items. This is after my last recent sort with two garbage bags of items that were donated and discarded  (including things from my husband and pajamas, etc).

My keep pile is really big right now, since I can't really try things on. I'll have to wait until I am no longer pregnant and am stable in my weight to figure out what actually will fit and look good, but in my keep piles are:
6 pairs of pants, 6 skirts, 6 pairs of denim pants, 10 cardigans, 5 blazers, 4 coats, 8 sweaters, 9 dresses, 28 tops and tees, and 11 layering tanks and camis. I also have ~19 pairs of shoes, ~7 belts and scarfs, and ~22+necklaces (have yet to count earrings or bracelets). I'll need to pare this down some more and make sure I didn't miss anything in the list. I feel pretty sinful- that is 93 items of clothing alone, perhaps more when I get through my undecided pile, perhaps less when I do my next sort when I try everything on. I included in the count recent purchases, see below.

 I got my orders from NY&Co (above). Immediately I decided the cardigan in blue and the cardigan in grey had to be returned- the fabric was so sparkly it looked cheap. I'm trying really hard to edit my closet down to things I will wear often, are versatile, and will fit in my new aesthetic. I took the rest and compared them to items that I already own that really fit well. I ended up also returning the white cardigan, because it was so over sized. I kept the two black cardigans, the burgundy cardigan, and the purple cardigan. I also kept the black dress and the white belted sweater. I know it seems redundent to keep 2 black cardigans- but the one black one is nice and simple with the beautiful ruching at the waist, and the other one was sparkly and had a different cut. Black always gets a lot of wear, so I like having two different options to rotate in between. Plus, I got rid off 11+ cardigans so replacing them with 4 nicer ones doesn't feel so bad!

I also ordered some items from Maurices- The grey lace back blazer, the black ruffle back blazer, the top in white, the top in teal, the cami in purple, the sweater in purple and the dolman sweater in purple. I also ended up purchasing in store the black open cardigan. I returned the white top and both purple sweaters. The white top's fabric was too thin and was very likely to pill, both sweaters were very large and not as attractive as I thought they would be.

I also admitted to purchasing a berry-colored lace back cardigan from Rue21 and a black ruffle dress from NY&Co earlier this summer, so yes a lot of shopping for a woman that can't even wear the clothes. I'm considering this as a good investment (of course! justification from a fashion blogger!). All clothes from Maurices have an unlimited time limit to return, as long as you have the receipts. The recent orders from NY&Co have 60 days, so I should have a good idea by the time limit if I am keeping them or not. I also got all of it on sale- and the stuff from NY&Co was really excellent as far as price goes because I got the free shipping, BOGO 1/2 off,  and to top it off coupons of $100 off $200 and $50 off $100 (and my orders were almost exactly on the money). The sweaters ended up $16.xx a peice when you divide what I paid by the amount in the order! I also was very careful to compare what I have to what I got and to make sure that everything should fit properly (as long as I get back to the approximate size I was). I have stayed far away from pants, as I am sure that my body will fit differently in pants after I have this baby!

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