What's In My Closet {Literally} :: 24 Outfits I Am Wearing

 
I even numbered them for your ability to comment freely. :)

I recently shared about doing what works for me...not falling prey to trends that don't accentuate my body type...or my home...and after all that jibber jabber...I was motivated to go through my closet again {even after just going through it for the clothing swap}.

The difference this time was that I tried on everything...EVERYTHING...except for the few things I already knew that I absolutely loved and had worn recently.  And I took pictures.  And I told myself, if it does not look great...fantastic...I feel wonderful in this...then it was going.  

And pictures don't lie.

This is a lot easier said than done...especially when there were about five things that I bought within the last few months new...including a $40 jacket that I made myself get rid of.  

It feels wasteful...it is wasteful...but I learned something that changed me.

In order to let go of having lots of clothes and wanting to shop all the time, I had to get rid of the things I was holding on to...that great deal...that new jacket...that sentimental top.  If I did not feel 100% great about myself in that clothing item, I was setting myself up for emotional insecurities that I no longer needed in my life. 

When I was finally able to accept all of this, something amazing happened.

I suddenly re-found all sorts of cute clothes that were being crowded by unflattering clearance dresses.  I could suddenly see what was in my closet.  

Hmmm...red, black, and navy much!

Even though I already knew it, I needed to realize again that I am most comfortable in certain colors and wearing certain styles...just like the book told me...and that I really don't like wearing pants so I should stop trying to wear them so much!

Since then, I have been to a couple of my favorite clothing and thrift stores and it is amazing how when you declutter and let go of this need for more stuff how freeing it can be.  I didn't want any of the things that I saw...and I even tried things on.

And suddenly thrifting and shopping lost some of it's excitement...in a very good let's not waste money sort of way.  

I am content with what I have.  And I feel great about it.



9 comments:

  1. Great job Ashley, My favorite is the coat in picture 23...

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  2. This is a great idea! I can't even begin to tell you how many times I've bought unflattering clearance items because at the time it seemed like I was getting a good deal. One of these days I need to do the same!

    http://hollydollyfashion.blogspot.com

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  3. Stephen would love if I did this, my closet would shrink in half!

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  4. Contentment is so where it's at! Love it!
    And I so need to get this book soon! I've kinda been waiting until the hubster get's a j.o.b. because I have a feeling once I read it I will see that most my stuff isn't what I should be wearing. And I'm afraid it'll breed discontentment.
    But soon--I pray!
    xoxo

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  5. The skirt in #9 looks amazing on you! I have the opposite problem though, I don't have enough clothes. I lost over 20 lbs and two dress sizes last year and had to completely start my wardrobe over from scratch. It takes forever to build up a good selection of clothes again. I feel like I wear the same 5 outfits all the time. That doesn't stop me from buying stuff that isn't right for me though. I bought a dress because it was on clearance, and even though the cut of the dress really suits my body type, the pattern really just isn't me. So, there it hangs in my closet unworn. But I just can't bear to part with it, yet.

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  6. oooh I love 2. and 19! and 21! and 22! I love your clothes. can I steal some? ha!

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  7. yes! you look great! I am trying to be content with my closet too, and not to look into Pinterest that much b/c I feel that makes me want and wand and want all the time. I think it's a great thing to match different things, use what you have and innovate! great work ash!

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  8. Love the colors of all! I really like #6!

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  9. I love this so much!!! I just moved out of the country to the tiniest apartment (270 sq feet with husband and dog!) and we've really enjoyed the simpler lifestyle. Even in such a small space I'm constantly editing my clothes and shoes. I've gone this long without everything I own in boxes at home and I hope to keep it up when I return!

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