I had two realizations over the past week and a half:
- Winter is coming/here and I am really lacking in professional winter clothing
- My closet needs a re-boot, it contains items that don’t fit, are over-worn, and/or are from college.
With a big vacation coming up at the end of this week, and the holidays looming, I had told myself that I could suffer through without shopping. But then last week happened and my one (fading) black sweater was worn twice to work and I realized that I might need some clothes to fill the gap before after-Christmas shopping.
Simultaneously, I felt ashamed of my closet after attending training for Des Moines Junior League’s Bargain Basket and realizing that my closet needed some help. I am 30. I need to purge the items that are no longer appropriate to wear as well as the ones I just don’t like wearing! Feeling sentimental is not a good enough reason to keep a sweater. Or shirt. Or pants.
So this weekend, I started the process. Probably in the wrong direction, but you can’t help timing!
The women in my boyfriend’s family get together once a year for a Girls Weekend and go to the Premium Outlets in Aurora, Illinois for a full day, followed by a half day at the mall. Last weekend was my first time joining and it was so much fun to get to know them all better! We all met up Friday night for dinner out, then hung out in the hotel rooms that evening. Saturday was a full day of shopping the outlets, with everyone meeting up for lunch halfway through. That night we had more wine and snacks before ordering in pizza to the hotel rooms and sharing out purchases from the day. I did not go to the mall portion of the weekend on Sunday, but we were able to sleep in and have breakfast together before I took off. I am so grateful to have been invited to spend this special weekend with them 🙂
I also did some serious shopping.
My goal going into the day was to focus on work items and focus on pieces that are both simple but also make a statement. I think I was pretty successful!
My first purchase was at the J. Crew outlet. I saw this sweater in the window and just had to have it! Adam’s sister helped me find the perfect pair of pants to pair it with and I plan to wear a chambray shirt underneath. It is playful but definitely meets the level of professionalism needed in my office (on a non-Capitol day).
My second two purchases were sweaters from Ann Taylor. They were running a buy 1, get 1 free special on sweaters and had so many fun ones! I opted for a super soft, huge sleeved black sweater and a cream sweater with arm ruffles. Fun sleeves are popping up all over social media and blogs right now and these two are both fun but also can be paired with any combination of accessories.
I also went very simple with my purchases at New York & Company. They had a great sale on their sweaters and I have been needing simple sweaters to wear under jackets or a large scarf. I bought the same style in 4 colors (yep. 4.) as well as one more knit sweater with jewels on the shoulders. The last sweater was the most casual of all my purchases but it was super comfortable and is definitely Friday appropriate for the office! At $15, I couldn’t pass it up and already wore it yesterday!
My final purchase was for my sisters’ birthdays (both in December) but since they read this, I will have to share that after they have opened them!
I spent more than I planned but I have no buyer’s remorse (yay!) because these were all items that I needed and can be versatile. Now I need to make it a priority to go through my closet (again…) and donate or throw away the items that have sat for over a year without being used. No reason to hold onto uncomfortable, ill-fitting, or raggedy clothing!
Once I go through my closet, I will be better prepared for shopping with my family after Christmas which is our new and awesome tradition!
Needless to say, last weekend was a success!
- Where do you shop for deals?
- What is your typical guilty purchase when shopping?
- How often do you clear out your closet?