Levi’s Wedgie Icon jeans (American cone denim, made in China) | size 29 – they are NOT 100% cotton
James Perse casual tee (made in the US)
James Perse cashmere cardigan/coat
Play CdG X Converse sneakers | mine are an older style (they’re 5 years old at least)
Before there were today’s “fashion” blogs, there were outfit of the day blogs. That’s how I started, actually, and still consider myself more of an “outfit”/shopping blog – I would never classify Grechen’s Closet as a “fashion” blog, although it’s an easy phrase I use to describe my blog when I meet someone new, before I go into my conscious/responsible shopping blogger spiel.
In 2004 when I started posting outfits, there were some of us already doing it in forums, on our own websites, etc., and most of us cut our heads off, or took selfies in the mirror at home or at work – with REAL cameras by the way, smartphones weren’t as ubiquitous as they are now, and they certainly didn’t have cameras!!
Early “fashion” blogs were chronicles of our outfits and a way to share thoughts on clothing/outfits/buying with like-minded people. Now, most fashion blogs are more like scripted and posed magazine shoots instead of authentic looks at real-life and in-depth thoughts on dressing for the day – in my opinion, anyway.
There’s room for everyone on the world wide web, of course, and I don’t begrudge anyone for doing their own thing, so I’m just going to keep doing mine. I’ve been rather hard on myself for not having better photos, and prettier outfit pictures over the years, but I keep coming back to the basics, because that’s where my heart is. And I know you guys don’t come here for the photos LOL.
So, I’m not going to stop trying to take better outfit pictures when I can, but I AM going to post more old-school mirror selfies of outfits the day I wear them. Because really, it’s not about the clothes, or the pictures, it’s about the thoughts and ideas behind the clothes, and the reasons we choose to wear/buy what we do. For me it is anyway. As you’re probably aware by now, I’m a very emotional dresser and love to write about my ideas surrounding clothing, and what I’m wearing in the moment.
This outfit though.
I like these jeans, because they make my butt look amazing. But I have a hard time with the button-fly sticking out so much, and how they accentuate my body: thick legs, saddlebags and small waist but a bit of a belly. It’s hard to get “used” to seeing my body in this way, but I’m going to try and just embrace it. They’re a little snug too, and don’t loosen up as much as I’d like them too.
And the James Perse cardigan/coat. I bought it when I got 20% off at James Perse during the partner’s card event here with some credit from a return and a little birthday money, and at the time I thought I was going to sell my Lauren Manoogian alpaca coat and was already thinking about a replacement. It was still too expensive, and a VERY emotional purchase. I wore it for the first time to/from/in Salt Lake City a couple weeks ago, and honestly am a little disappointed now with how “worn” it looks. It’s really warm, and I love the shawl collar and longer length, but man…it’s pilled like crazy, and just looks more shabby than I think it should. On balance, I really love it, and am glad I have it, but wouldn’t necessarily recommend it.
Oh, and in the background you will probably notice my Janessa Leone hat I got last fall. I wore it only a couple of times, and decided I was ready to pass it on, so put it up on SLOWRE this morning for sale. That’s another thing: I sometimes think I’d like to try and keep certain things, just to have, and wear infrequently, but I also see the value on letting them go. I decided recently to part with a few things I really like, but haven’t worn, and don’t see myself wearing as often as I want to because I’d like to be able to pass them on to someone else who will appreciate them. Maybe that’s more of an impetus in letting go than it should be, but I place a lot of value on passing things on, either gifting or selling.
At this point, I’m finished adding new items AND letting go of items for a while, just to sit with my wardrobe as is for a while. For how long, I have no idea…
How much does passing things on (either as a gift, or selling) to go to a “better” home influence your decision to let go of something in your wardrobe?