Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Purging and Acceptance

Today I cleaned out my closet on a mission to purge clothes. I'll admit to being a bit of a pack rat in that department always hanging on to things that don't fit, that aren't in good shape or that I just haven't worn in forever. I think I still have every sweatshirt that I've owned in the last 15 years regardless of the shape they're in. I'm not kidding when I say I had 17 pairs of comfy/pyjama pants. And don't get me started on the tank tops in every color. And all this is after I supposedly purged the closet last winter before we moved to Pang.

The event that brought this on was an episode of TLC's What Not To Wear. The other day there was this woman on there who was 35 and her entire wardrobe consisted of Tshirts and jeans. As usual Stacey and Clinton ripped her apart talking over and over about how she should be dressing her age. All I could think of is if you add several sweatshirts to her wardrobe that woman is me. I've known for a while that I'm seriously style challenged and not dressing 'age appropriately'. Living up north has done nothing to help it. I live 95% of my days in comfies and dressing up for dinner means putting on my good hoodie and jeans.

My lack of style doesn't bother me at all until we go on vacation down south when I always feel that I have nothing to wear. To fix it, I go shopping and end up with whatever fits at the cheapest price. Being that I'm a bigger girl, and a cheap one at that, I end up with alot of stuff from Old Navy, aka: junk. I wash it the first time, it shrinks, it pulls out of shape and I'm back to square one. And yet, those clothes are still in my closet 5 years later!

So I've decided to finally accept that I'm not going to be THAT size again any time soon. I'm accepting that I need to dress my body for what it is and find a tailor that can custom fit things I find so that they fit me well and look right. I grudgingly accept that I'm going to buy more expensive, quality, classic pieces even if it means getting less. In the long run, it'll be more because they'll last longer than one or two washes. And finally, I accept that I'm a month away from 37 and I should dress like it. I'm expecting a slow turn over as I do still live in the north where comfies rule. But in two years we move back down south and I'll need a decent full time wardrobe. It may take a while but I pledge to get there.

I'm going to make Stacey and Clinton proud. And I'm going to look fierce :)


Matt, Kara, Hunter and Cavan said...

I have absolutely zero style as well!! Thank goodness I live in small town north where style is placed on the back burner! Maybe when I lose my next 100lbs I will buy more stylish clothing, but probably not! heheh

jen said...

I don't know if north or small town are the true excuses. This comment is brought to you from the comfort of my pajamma pants that I have yet to, mid day, change out of. Also they are Christmas themed pj pants.

I feel the same way, I want a change. I don't have any nice clothing at all!

noinvitationrequired said...

Jen, you and I must be a lot is 3:30 in the afternoon and I am sitting here in my pajamas (although, Paige is sitting right beside me and is wearing a princess dress, so maybe it is just our house?). I'm sure the neighbors wonder where the neighborhood went after they see me out on my porch checking my mail in my pjs and (gasp!) no bra....yep, the north has ruined any care that I once had about fashion!!! I'm trying to get back into it, but so far have only bought a couple of sweaters from Superstore, so I'm guessing i'm not really on the right track!

Deanna said...

In the words of my husband Mike I quote " Seriously Deanna, do really have to put your PJ's on the second we walk through the door? Can you at least put on a nice pair of yaga pants or something?" LOL I'm a full time working mom, who is ALWAYS cold!!! So my work wardrobe consists of literally every color turtleneck and $15 black polyester dress pants from SuzyShier that fall apart after 3 washes. Then when I come home, I put my jammies on. I mean whats the sense in dirtying ANOTHER outfit when in just a few hours I'm going to be going to bed anyway? This is the practical me...maybe my husband is looking for a sexier me??? LOL

Morena said...

Thanks ladies! It's so nice to know I'm not alone in the bad style department. Lindsay, it's also nice to know I'm not the only one that doesn't wear a bra most of the time. hehe.

Long live PJ's!