I went through my clothes last Sunday to find that the few unworns that I have come with two common variables: black OR Ebay. Whad up wid dat? (Anybody else watch Saturday Night Live? You can thank me later.)
The conclusions are these:
1. Black is my least favorite color. It does nothing for me. I buy it because supposedly you can't go wrong, it's slimming, and it's the ultimate neutral. Well, it is wrong for me, don't care if it's slimming, and prefer softer neutrals. So there. That doesn't mean I'm giving up on black entirely...it does have purpose in my wardrobe. But I need to be more careful about buying it, lest items go unworn for years and years, taking up much needed closet space.
2. Ebay is bad for me. But sometimes I just get in a bidding, bargaining, buying mood and I can't stop myself (ok, I guess I could stop myself). I only have a ballpark estimate of my measurements (shame on me) and often get stuck with an e-bay purchase that doesn't fit well, or at all. And even more often, I overestimate the quality of the item. I think that I'm getting a good deal on a dress costing just a few bucks, but when I get it, it's really only worth a few bucks. That's a disappointing deal. I had already decided after my last couple e-bay purchases, that I needed to cut back on the bidding. So lately I've only been looking, not clicking.
Here is an example of a little black dress that I do not recall wearing before this day:
I bought it because it seemed like the most practical dress in the world. I do like it, and I will keep it (for now), but will have to explore different ways to style it that won't feel so...blah.
This is a really helpful exercise - identifying the things in my closet that I don't love wearing, and either finding ways to make them more 'me', or sending them to the donation pile.
In addition to the unworn dress, this is my first time wearing these shoes. They're comfortable enough for work and all the sitting I do, but that's about it.
Side note: This is where Steve proposed. I was sitting in that exact spot on that bench. It was February, so there was snow on the ground. There were cedar chips with a sprinkling of rose pedals and candles everywhere. This is written on the stone. It's all overgrown now, which is actually quite romantic.
Dress: Express, thrifted via Turnstyle
Shoes: Payless brand, thrifted via ARC's Value Village
Computer Case: Betsy Johnson via TJMaxx