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Think about the clothes hanging in your closet. Now think about wearing those same clothes in a new way. That's the situation I'm facing now that all of my clothes are too big. I know it sounds like I'm being disingenuous when I lament about losing so much weight that I can't fit my clothes. And while I'll be the first to admit how wonderful it is to be fit and healthy in a way I've never know before, it poses quite a challenge when it comes to my now old, ill-fitting wardrobe.
Here's the rub. My commitment to fiscal responsibility eliminates any fantastical plans I may have about shopping for new clothing basics. No shopping means working with what I've got. So here's my new approach to getting dressed this year without new purchases and without abandoning the notion of being fabulously chic, of course.
2010 WARDROBE TENETS
1 NO SHOPPING Easy to say, hard to do. I haven't decided how strict I want to be with this first rule but honestly, I shouldn't buy anything new. Period.
2 GET ITEMS ALTERED AND/OR REPAIRED I always manage to have a stack of missing a button/seam is ripped in the underarm pit/lost a shoe tap in a cobble sidewalk somewhere group of clothing that needs to be fixed. And even if I do repair a piece or two, the stack never seems to go down. So this year I'm fixing what I have, including my entire collection of pants since these days; they're all too big.
3 BE EXTREMELY CREATIVE My limited wardrobe options/no shopping predicament practically ensures that I'll have to generate creativity from deep within my fashion loving soul. No neutral colored cardigans with jeans and black heels. You can only wear that once without looking like your wearing the same outfit every week. (And while that look could work for most people, it kind of diminishes the whole fashion/style blogger vibe.)
So that's my 2010 plan for my wardrobe. I am quite excited and eagerly anticipating the fun and frustration. Though I can't help but wonder where's Stacy and Clinton with that $5,000 check card when you need them.
Got your own wardrobe plans and musings for the new year? Please share them.