OK, not really. I’m kind of dying to make a real clothing plan, a capsule wardrobe like all the cool kids are blogging about these days, but I’m not really there. However, a few weeks ago I did some serious spring cleaning and ditched every item that was worn out, stretched out, stained, didn’t fit, or I absolutely hated. This was on the heels of a weeding session I did in December before I moved, so I feel reasonably stripped down (hee, as it were) even though I still have things that I rarely wear or that can’t be easily mixed and matched. Maybe eventually I’ll dip my toes into true capsule territory, but not quite yet.
However, I’d been on an informal semi-shopping ban since August 2013, the last time I went out and bought a stack of stuff (two cardigans, a dress, a button-down shirt, and a couple of tank tops, all of which I do still wear often today.) I think between August 2013 and earlier this month, I’d bought a tshirt, a single new bra, a pair of jeans (on ebay) — oh, and my debt-free boots — and that was it. And I spent a lot of time on the blog bitching and moaning about how much I wanted new clothes 🙂
I’m not, financially, at the stage where I can fill in all the holes in my closet with ease. But one thing really needed to happen this month (summer sandals, since I wore out my last pair by the end of last summer) and I also was really hoping I could find some dresses I liked to supplement my ragtag summer office wardrobe.
Have any of y’all tried zulily [not an affiliate link]? I rather uncharacteristically clicked on a banner link a couple of months ago because I liked the dress the model was wearing so much. It’s a discount site where they have “events” (either single or multi-designer collections) that last a few days. They then buy exactly what’s been ordered in giant lots from the manufacturers, and mail it out to you. The discounts range from 30-80%.
There is a GIANT red flag here: you can’t return anything. So if you’re the kind of person who tends to have buyer’s remorse, or if you don’t know yourself/your body type really well, I don’t recommend even trying this out. So far, I’ve bought a pair of sandals and three dresses that I was pretty sure were going to be cut well for me, and were flexible enough (two knits and one looser shirtdress) that I figured just choosing a size M would work out ok. All of it’s been a great success; I love the dresses (and have been getting lots of compliments on them) and the sandals are doing exactly what they need to do. And I paid a grand total of $200 for all of it; they are all really high quality items that ought to last for years, so I’m pleased. But I’ve definitely been browsing very, very cautiously, because the last thing I need is to be spending $$ on wardrobe items I don’t absolutely love, and can’t return. So, to sum up: you should definitely check this site out, but be careful!