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growing up and paring down, part 1: the purge

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I spent a good chunk of Labor Day knee-deep in a closet edit of epic proportions. I sorted through every rack, rod and cubby, pulling the items I couldn’t see myself wearing in 3 years and tossing them in a pile on the bed. After a couple of hours, a mountain of ill-fitting trendy printed denim, flimsy clearance bin tops, and elastic-waist polyester dresses covered the bedspread.

I surveyed the teetering stack of clothing — the spoils of years of bargain shopping and too much style “inspiration” — and thought to myself, You’re doing it wrong. These things don’t look like they belong in the same woman’s closet. 

I’d created a monster, fed by blog trends and Pinterest and deep discounts; and I’d lost my point of view along the way.

Then I made a rash decision: I couldn’t move forward with creating a well-edited wardrobe with all this stuff taking up valuable closet real estate. I bagged it all up neatly (it took three Hefty’s and a good dose of resolve) and drove it to the local women’s resource center the following morning.

For the last two weeks, getting dressed has been so much easier. I’ll tell you more about it in part two.

To be continued! 

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Wearing: 

Cynthia Rowley dolman tee via TJ Maxx (SIMILAR) | American Eagle skinnies | Nine West sandals | Olivia & Joy Dynamo bag

every girl needs: a chambray t-shirt

chambray tshirt

geometric skirt

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Hive & Honey Chambray T-Shirt (on sale at Piperlime!) | Ann Taylor skirt (similar) | Romeo & Juliet Couture bag via Hautelook | Nine West sandals | Daniel Wellington watch

I mentioned in an earlier post that I’m working on upgrading my closet for the grand finale of my 20′s. This means avoiding the temptation of clearance racks and bargain bins, and purchasing quality pieces that I’ll love for several years instead of several weeks. This doesn’t mean spending more money, necessarily; but rather, buying a few great pieces within my budget that I can wear lots of ways. With me?

A chambray t-shirt is something I never realized I was missing, until I ordered one from Piperlime. Since its arrival last Wednesday, I’ve worn it three different ways: with skinnies and strappy heels for the Art Walk last week, tucked into pleather shorts over the weekend, and balanced with a crazy printed skirt today.