Elizabeth Suzann Florence pants in silk crepe (large, short) | gift from ES to review
Elizabeth Suzann Rhodes sweater (medium) | from previous release
AllBirds wool runners | have you seen the new sustainable “tree” runners??
The Transcience Swing Bag | gift from The Transcience to review
If you follow me on instagram you may have already seen one of these outfits. Yesterday was a day. Wow. The biggest/best day ever in Slowre history, thanks to my amazing consignors, and equally amazing customers 🙂 It was full of new arrivals and packing up shipments for mailing. So good, but overwhelming AF. Also, I’d been awake since 4AM yesterday morning (Dagny…thunderstorms…) and was completely depleted by 4PM! Ugh.
Another note: So much of my wardrobe is too big for me now. Yes, I lost weight during my fractured jaw-imposed liquid diet, but I’ve not kept all of it off. But since I’ve added cardio in on the Peloton to my regular Pure Barre routine, some of the extra fat I’ve had hanging around has come off. I’m not complaining, but I’m having a hard time dressing myself lately.
First, I have NEVER IN MY LIFE had the problem that my clothes are TOO BIG for me. NEVER. This is a completely new experience for me, and I’m not handling it well.
Also, as much as I like oversized pieces and “big” silhouettes, I am finding them just too much now. It’s probably also a little rebellion against the cold weather, but when I wear a slimmer pair of jeans/pants or a James Perse dress, I feel a little better, and more like me. I wanted to wear my Ulla Johnson overalls yesterday but I put them on and they were just hanging off me; I was very uncomfortable in them. At least with these ES pants the elastic waist makes them feel like they fit, even though the legs are quite big.
Now that it’s warming up I’m going through my spring/summer dresses and have quite a few to get rid of. I don’t really need to replace anything immediately, because I definitely have enough to get by, and I have my ES/Alabama Chanin dress coming (although I am not in the mood for color anymore) at some point.
Finally, as I may have alluded to a bit in yesterday’s post about prints and some things catching my eye lately, I am in a crisp black poplin sort of mood now. I love my Eileen Fisher organic cotton top (outfit), and can’t wait for it to warm up a little again so I can wear it. It has made me want more hard, refined, simple, and BLACK pieces now, nothing playful or drapey. I wouldn’t ever consider myself a “playful” person anyway, but I’m not always very “hard” either. Somewhere in between is how it usually fleshes out.
Changing seasons always makes me overanalyze my wardrobe, and want to purge my wardrobe mercilessly. I don’t usually regret it when I do a big purge (they’re just clothes), but I’m trying to be very deliberate about what I choose to get rid of. My process is that I will wear whatever it is I’m thinking of getting rid of another time or two and if I can’t wait to take it off, or just can’t wear it at all, then it’s obviously time to pass it on. It’s worked well for me so far!
Are you (over)analyzing your wardrobe lately? How do you decide what to get rid of? and what you want to add for the season ahead?
I’m totally overanalysing my wardrobe at the moment (as we move into autumn/winter here).
I could happily get rid of about 95% of it and not miss it. But what would I replace it with? My work uniform consists of jeans+tshirt+sweater+comfy shoes (I work in a soil lab) and even outside of work, my life is very casual. Iit’s all so boring. But what does hardwearing+dressy+casual even look like?
I’m chaffing for change but I don’t know what the change looks like. Do I go for it and do a big purge? Or do I hang about til I’ve figured out the direction I want to go?
It’s 9am on Good Friday here so I’ve got aaaalll day 😉
I hope you’ve managed to get some rest after your long day and that Dagny has settled.
Gloria Blecha says
I get the over-analyzing! It is almost 80 today and will be all weekend and next week in SO Cal for Spring Break (college visits). Now I am wondering if I have enough linen in my wardrobe…
I did buy the EF wide leg jeans you have – they are so cute. Went down a size as well because they seem like they will stretch out.
I also got this linen jumpsuit…https://www.eileenfisher.com/18s-m2-eco-edit-m/
It is super cute on and does hark back too much to the overalls I wore in college that now my girls are wearing. I thought of you when I tried these on. Seem like your style 🙂
Grechen Reiter says
I was just looking at that jumpsuit today!! I was planning to go and try it on whenever I get around to it 🙂
Is it over analyzing? Or just regular analyzing, that’s the question! ? I’m itching like crazy to do a full wardrobe audit with photos and everything. After a couple months feeling content with my clothes, I think winter started wearing on me and now with spring finally finally coming, I’m looking at my closet with more scrutiny for sure. There’s no hard checklist for what goes and what stays put, but if I pull it out and see I haven’t worn it in years, it probably goes. If it’s worn it beyond repair, it needs to go. Adding things is harder – does it fill a gap? Is it going to get a lot of use? Can I do a one in, one out swap? I’d love to purge more mercilessly but try to remember it isn’t just “getting rid of” things. Those things used resources and now have to go live somewhere else. I try to give things to friends, then sell, then donate, in that order, to try and lessen the impact of closet churn.
I’m always over analyzing my wardrobe. Sometimes I roll my eyes…at myself. I pretty much go to work and then go home and hang out with my cat. BF and I do like to go out to dinner (but Hawaii is casual). I have the occasional get together but I am no social butterfly. Yet, I think about my clothing and accessories constantly and spend too much time on my wardrobe. I seriously probably just need 7 dresses, 3 bags and I’d be fine but no…. I’ve had weight fluctuations of about 40 lbs several times in my life and losing/gaining weight is a dangerous time for me financially as I’ll purge and buy. But then I’ll buy more and more. New clothes also mean new shoes and accessories as my style seems to slightly change each time. So I analyze, I find needs, buy buy buy, purge purge purge.
I like this outfit and I recently acquired a Rhodes sweater (love it!) but it is hella hot again in Hawaii, even in AC. You look really great. I have noticed the loss and that you seemed to have maintained it even upon recovery. I’m glad to hear you are feeling good. I’ve always loved those overalls by the way. They would probably fit me better than you now, just saying 😉
Rebecca | Seven2Seven8 says
So many wardrobe thoughts, as I’m trying to figure out a spring (more than ten, haha) capsule and what I want from my wardrobe long term (for my life, this body, turning 40, etc). I really love shopping secondhand right now – it’s budget friendly and inherently ethical, but it’s also really easy to acquire more than I need or hang on to things that aren’t 100% right. So also thinking about that.
I’m so glad Slowre is doing so well! I enjoy perusing and will probably snag something once my closet settles down a bit!
Thank you for being a wonderful seller. Consigning with you is SUCH a pleasure!!
Grechen Reiter says
oh my gosh, thank you gabi, i always LOVE getting new pieces in from you 🙂
Grechen Reiter says
gloria, does the jumpsuit stretch? what size did you get? i tried on the xs today and it fit, but it didn’t “hang” as well as I wanted it to. i’m ging to try the small and see if that makes it better. it’s super-cute!!!
I just went through a wardrobe edit. I lost weight 2 years ago because of a separation and I first held on to the clothes hoping I would put the weight back but I feel like it is best to donate and renew now. I am donating slowly and steadily but it still takes time to let go…
New items that made me happy this spring so far:
* I got to visit Horses Atelier in Toronto which is an amazing made in Toronto shop. I splurged on a gorgeous jumpsuit and long dress which help me with a paired down edited wardrobe these days. Beautifully made clothes. I was eyeing the Agnes B jumpsuits but went for Horses Atelier’s
* I have discovered and love my new Geox brogues, as good as my Allbirds and they add a touch of punk to any outfit dress or jeans. I recommend this brand for sensitive feet.
I love my Ministry of Supply Kinetic Jacket: it travels and washes well and helps me look pulled together in conferences and work meetings.
For pants I am sticking with my Madewell Skinny jeans. I am looking for ideas for dress pants but no luck so far.
Grechen Reiter says
AH!!!! i want a horses jumpsuit terribly 🙂 problem is i have NO IDEA what size to try and that paralyzes me. do you have any input??
also, which geox brogues do you have? i’m so tempted by these. i’ve had a pair of geox mocs and they were like walking on clouds, i just always hated the color 🙁
love your choices for rebuilding your wardrobe!! amazing selections…
Thank you for your response.
Horses Atelier: In the fitted jumpsuit (rushed waist) I got a size 0. I could have easily done the size 1 (my James Perse size) but I liked the very very fitted look of the size 0 (I don’t zip the chest, I went for the fit on my hips which are narrower) If you call the shop, there is a great person names Gabrielle who will help you and (there are more sizes in stores – at least the day I was there)
Geox: I have these https://www.shopgeox.com/Shop/9265/Womens-BROGUE-BLACK I wear a size 9 in All Birds, a true 8.5 but in these I am an 8. The sale price is amazing for the quality.
Grechen Reiter says
thank you!! love those brogues!