I’ve been on a scavenger hunt again. Or, using the more Fashion PC term: shopping my closet. And this is the result. I’m not sure what to think of it.
As you know, I’ve been purging my closets of all sorts of crap (= anything I don’t need or want anymore). And as part of this decluttering frenzy, I’ve also cleared my wardrobe. However, after donating or recycling about 1/3 of my clothes, I’m still not happy with my existing wardrobe.
I’m not talking about planning to go on a shopping spree. My objective was never to stop buying clothes but to only buy clothes that I love. Or need. Preferably both.
I mean that I still have a lot of clothes that I find somewhat useful even though they don’t exactly (to borrow Marie Kondo’s term) spark joy.
These trousers are a case in point.
I either hate them or sort-of-like them, depending on my mood. And that’s why I wanted to put together an outfit around them: to see if I could make up my mind.
So, the verdict, do the trousers work or not?
No idea. I really can’t make up my mind.
I think the trousers might look nice with my long burgundy cashmere cardigan. Perhaps I’ll revisit this idea in autumn.
On the other hand, this is probably not the most flattering colour in trousers. I mean, my thighs are (and always have been, and always will be) the widest part of my body. Do I really want to emphasise that? On the other hand, I’m a realist: I know that there’s no colour that will make my legs look long and slim. So, maybe I should be asking myself whether I feel comfortable in these trousers instead.
Well… yes and no. Or, it sort of depends on my mood…
I guess the trousers will be staying in my wardrobe. For now.
top: Esprit (old) / trousers: Noom (old) / bag: Marc Jacobs /
shoes: Jenny (old) / sunglasses: Prada (old)
What do you do with clothes that you sort-of-like?
PS: I will be taking a few days off as I’m celebrating my birthday in a secret location…
OK, maybe you guessed it. Anyway, there won’t be a new post until next weekend.
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I think the fit of the pants is ideal….they LOOK comfortable…the color is sort of blah, yet that lends itself to a “blank canvas” sort of challenge so, I get it. I think you did a good job of pairing it with the striped top. It’s a nice complement and helps the pants out some. It’s nice to know we all struggle with similar issues, misery loves company! I, too, am trying to buy less, but better. I am older than you and for me, hitting the 60 mark is actually making life a lot easier, fashion/style wise, in many ways. For instance, I am DEFINITELY not stressing about outfitting my “bikini body” this summer, HA! I mean, c’mon!!! Even if it was bangin’, the 19 year old on the next blanket over is going to have concern herself with that stuff, not me anymore!!!!! However, there is pressure to spend wisely and selectively and I will be focusing on learning to hone those skills. I noticed I did a cleansing of the clothes on my own over the years by reaching for the same things over and over again and leaving other times hanging untouched for ages. I sort of created my own capsule wardrobe in that way. I live in the States and one “problem” is that my closet is the size of a small bedroom (they make things big out West here) so, space is not an issue, meaning that minimizing is a choice, not a necessity! Anyway, always nice to see what others are doing and I appreciate your sharing! Enjoy your birthday!!!! Mine is later this month! Catch you next time….
I think this is exactly the way we come up with a capsule collection that works: it’s simply the clothes we wear, over and over again. The challenge is to stop buying clothes we only wear once or twice, or clothes that seemed like a good idea but really don’t work. It’s a waste of money and a waste of resources, of course, but so difficult to avoid. I try not to feel guilty about my shopping mistakes, though, and just chuck it down to ‘learning experience’ or something. But I find having a smaller wardrobe is less stressful. I guess I am a minimalist at heart: less is more when it comes to peace of mind, too.
Enjoy your birthday celebrations. Know this conundrum well, something is OK but you don’t really love it. I guess it depends on how many wears the pants will get , sometimes comfort wins out. I would agree they might work well with a longer top.
Yes, sometimes you just settle for something that works, even though it doesn’t excite you. And comfort is important, of course. And I will definitely try the trousers with a longer top in autumn.
I think the pants look good on you. It’s such a personal thing about clothes. I tend to stick to neutral colored pants but it can get very boring. Yes I bet the cashmere cardigan would look great with those pants. I have plenty of clothing in my closet that I “sort of” like but don’t love. I wish I had your ambition when it comes to decluttering and making decisions about what you want to keep and what can go. I have to start doing that! Enjoy your birthday!! Arlene from NJ
I wish I could say it was ambition that drives me to declutter. No, it’s lack of space and the need to bring some order and harmony into my tiny flat. And it seems to be a work-in-progress with no end in sight.
I don’t think they really suit you. 99% of the time I love your choice of a clothes and accessories but not today.
I agree: I don’t like it either.
I like the fact the trousers are pink…
They make me imagine some lovely colour combinations.
Like bright red.
Different (bolder and more neutral) pinks.
Stripes and florals and leopard.
Anything goes really.
All that matters is …. do YOU like them.
Do they feel nice.
If yes then I like them too!!
Well… no, I don’t really like them, but I can see how they could work with a lot of other clothes. That’s probably why I keep them in my wardrobe. I have the same trousers in navy, too, and I wear them a lot more.
I do like those soft rose colored pants. I have a few pieces in my closet that I am unsure of whether I LOVE them or not. I did alot of purging this season and bought more of what I LOVE. I think you should wait until Fall and see how you feel. Love those striped tops on you, the burgundy looks lovely!
Happy Birthday too!
Thanks, Jessica. You’re right, I should wait and see. At least try them with something else. And buying more of what you love, I’m on board on that one. That’s my new shopping mantra: ‘if you love it, buy it’. It’s already getting expensive…
I think they are lovely pants on you – it’s a very unique colour and might be hard to replace if you regret getting rid of them later! i always like to give things in my wardrobe one more wear before I get rid of them, to confirm how I feel about them!
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Thanks, Mica! Good point! I’ve regretted getting rid of something in the past. Now I keep a ‘maybe one day’ box under my bed for clothes I want to keep for whatever reason (even though I don’t wear them, or if I can’t fit into them…).
I really like this colour on you. I nearly bought a maxi dress in this shade, it’s definitely a great colour for the summer. thanks for sharing on ‘chicandstylish Jacqui Mummabstylish
Thanks, Jacqui. Yes, it’s a good colour, sort of neutral. I have a bag in this colour, and it goes with anything!