Category Archives: Our Wardrobes are Fascinating

The Surplus Project

How many of you have excess in your lives? I know I do.  In my former life as a clothes collector, I amassed quite a wardrobe. My clothes are nice. They are adorable. I baby them and keep them in great condition (some among you may have even witnessed actual tears at items that went through the dryer by accident).  I also gain weight. And my tastes change. I get tired of things but have a hard time parting with them sometimes because I feel like “I spent good money on it” or “I might lose weight” or “I might love it again some day” when the fact of the matter is, that stuff goes in space-saving bags in the basement only to be touched again in a year or so, and I didn’t shrink, I still don’t like it, and the money I spent on it isn’t doing me any good.  Yet, I keep it.  A lot of people probably do the same thing for the same reasons. I have girl friends. I know how we operate.

My partner Daniel is super good at purging items, but I get anxiety from it.   For a lot of years, when I felt alone as a person, I got a sense of comfort and even self-worth from items like clothes and shoes.  Someone once said to me “I’ve known you for 4 years and I’ve never seen you wear the same outfit.” That was a proud moment for me! Not to say I didn’t wear the same items, but I had so many that I could mix and remix them while adding new pieces to the mix constantly.  I have learned, however, that it is better to choose quality over quantity, and I have started mixing and remixing items that I truly love, and now the large quantity of clothes and shoes feel more like a burden than anything else.  I think it would be safe to estimate that I wear less than 30% of the clothes and shoes that I own.  What to do with them? Obviously donating is a good idea, but, to where? There are so many options.

Enter The Surplus Project.  An idea born from wanting to get rid of excess but not being sure where it could be best utilized.  You can read more about it on their site, but I felt like I needed to add my two cents about why I think it’s a great idea and why I am excited to participate. 

Thank you Alison and Tiffany for coming up with this idea.  Count me in!

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Wednesday Wants: Yellow Jeans

I want a pair of yellow jeans.  I tried on a pair but the fit wasn’t quite right, so the search continues.  In the meantime, in an effort to rationalize my need for them, and to try to figure out how such things could be mixed and remixed with pieces in my own wardrobe, I had a little bit of fun on Polyvore.  What do you think? Do you think they are a go? I think they are a go!

 

 

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Vince Camuto striped top
$50 – vincecamuto.com

Jil Sander cashmere jacket
€1.750 – veryeickhoff.com

River Island yellow jeans
£40 – riverisland.com

Report flat heels
$75 – piperlime.gap.com

FREITAG REFERENCE top handle bag
£329 – farfetch.com

Miss Selfridge wood jewelry
$16 – missselfridge.com

Kate Spade hardware jewelry
$68 – couture.zappos.com

Wallis stone jewelry
$18 – wallisfashion.com

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H m cardigan
£9.99 – hm.com

Jason Wu button down shirt
£355 – brownsfashion.com

River Island skinny jeans
£40 – riverisland.com

Brown shoes
$95 – nordstrom.com

Mulberry leather messenger bag
£925 – flannelsfashion.com

Miss Selfridge wooden bangle
$16 – missselfridge.com

Wallis engraved ring
$18 – wallisfashion.com

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H M button cardigan
£9.99 – hm.com

James Perse slim tee
$85 – stylebop.com

River Island yellow jeans
£40 – riverisland.com

Boots
$79 – llbean.com

Cappelli straw handbag
$66 – endless.com

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Virginie Castaway plaid top
£60 – theoutnet.com

Lauren Ralph Lauren patch jeans
$100 – nordstrom.com

Ballerina shoes
$79 – lebunnybleu.com

Dorothy Perkins tote hand bag
$44 – dorothyperkins.com

Dannijo oxidized jewelry
$320 – stylebop.com

LORD TAYLOR gold plating jewelry
$60 – lordandtaylor.com

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Bright. And Brett.

Dyed Coral Bracelet... Reminds me of Spree candy, with a two tone metal watch and blue and gold Betsy Johnson curved bangles.

 

Floral print Liberty of London for Aigle rain boots.

Brett. Michaels. On a Poison tee shirt, with a pink cardi and a colorful scarf.

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Dear Favorite Old Lady

I’ve never met you, but I know a lot about you. We probably would have been friends.

You liked shoes. You had hundreds of pairs of shoes.

You loved holiday decorations. You must have had rooms and rooms full of them, for every holiday imaginable.

You were  fancy. Like glittery blouses and gold lame’ Mary Jane shoes fancy.

You had a lot of clothes. A lot of them you owned for 40 years and never took the tags off of.

You were my same size.

You liked square dancing and had all sorts of different dresses for it.

You are recently deceased and your family is selling her treasures in a front yard on a busy street.

So, Favorite Old Lady, here’s to you. Here’s to hoping you had a full and happy life, and that your friends and family are missing you tonight. I know about your zest for life and I wish I had gotten to witness it. Also I wish I had gotten to see you in your gold Mary Janes.

Don’t worry about your red dress with the blue flowers… You never wore it, but kudos for getting it on sale! You got it at the Wagon Wheel for about $10 off the original price of $55. I win though, because I got it for a buck. It fits me perfectly and I’m currently plotting a fancy night out as an excuse to have an occasion to wear it. I promise to take good care of it, it is going to the cleaners tomorrow, and I was so excited about it that I tried it on in my basement late at night and made Daniel take a picture of me with no make-up on which I am happily posting on the internet.

Love,

Aimee

PS: I also have a couple of your skirts from Pick-n-Save, and your really pretty full length fuschia dress from the 70s, but those are being saved for another post.

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