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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

My Pathetic Wardrobe

By Suzanne O'Connor

When I first started covering Sample & Warehouse Sales my wardrobe doubled in size. Tons of new designer shoes, handbags, coats and dresses.  I gleefully shopped at these stellar sales. I would consistently come home with bags of goodies.

But after we bought our home, we started investing more in the house. Buying art & furniture, backyard décor and décor.  Doing weekend DYI repairs and crafts. I went to fewer and fewer clothing sales. Only buying a few pieces each Spring and Fall or as needed.

Since I work from home, I don’t have to dress nicely very often. Sweats and yoga pants became my norm.  Slowly I started giving my daughter items I rarely, if ever wore. My favorite Jeffrey Campbell shoes,  my beloved Kooba Handbag, my amazing Italian suit, and vintage Betsy Johnson lace dress became hers.  My vintage 1960’s Lee jean jacket, my Trina Turk trousers, Joie silk blouses, Free People blouses & tops, all of my Nanette Lepore blouses, all of my fun Milly blouses and some James Jeans and LF Sweaters also went to her.. 

If that wasn’t enough some of my favorite items got damaged. My favorite Cashmere sweaters all got attacked by Moths. And my unique my Cole Haan boots got ruined. As did my favorite For Joseph leather biker jacket.

It was plain to see. My wardrobe was pathetic and dated. Lately, I’ve been raiding my daughters closet.  So I’m making a plan to rebuild my wardrobe.

First, everything that needs cleaning, repair or alteration will get it.
Second, Ensembles and Outfits need to be updated and crafted out of what I still have…. or tossed.
Third, I’ll make a list of what I need to make what I already have work. I’ll then make purchases to compliment what I already have and fill in the gaps.
Fourth, I will seek out better stylish, quality clothing pieces that can work for Spring / Summer and Fall /Winter.
…. And of course I will never pay retail!
Look for me at the Sample and Warehouse Sales! I’m now on a mission!

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