Did you have a good Christmas? I did, but gosh, if you think I look a bit tired in the pics below, I don’t mind admitting that cooking and hosting the Christmas feast is a tad fatiguing – plus I’m just about getting towards the end of the 3-week cold that’s going round the UK. More about my resolution to get fitter and healthier in 2018 another time!
But hey, two days on from the day I’ve started another cull of my wardrobe. I’ve been reading Alyson Walsh’s Know Your Style (a Christmas present from my son!) and one of her chapters called No More Wardrobe Chaos rings so true. As you know, as well as looking for bargains I don’t hang on to clothes, ‘just in case’. I’m an advocate of a good clear-out. Do it twice a year, says Alyson, but I say do it more often than that. Well, all right, sorting out your clothes at the beginning of a year is a good start.
On one page of her book (p135) she sets out some de-cluttering tips and I’ll just pick up on one or two here. Starting with: do it in small chunks, as in don’t despair when you look in the wardrobe, just get out your tops (or, in my case, it was my skirts) and try them on. I spent most of the morning walking around the flat in different skirts. And the idea is to say this – does it suit you? Does it make you feel good? And then, dear reader, the key question – do you love it? In doing the trying on and saying, did I love that particular skirt, I got rid of a lot, starting with this one.
Yes, it was new, yes, it was a good quality bargain originally from M&S, but, it’s soooo boring. I bought it because I wanted to emulate that Alexander McQueen skirt I saw in a shop window in the Spring of this year. Nope, it wasn’t up to it.
This skirt below is more like the McQueen, and that’s a keeper.
It’s a bonkers skirt, but I love it! And here’s a look I’ve concocted that I also love.
I’m wearing an asymmetric tulle top (£3) over my old Primark jeans and a top that came from Hennes at under £10. I wish I had a video to show you as the top swishes and swirls as I walk. The whole outfit makes me feel good, and that is what clothes should be doing for you. Do you agree? Or not? I mean wear utilitarian work-a-day clothes for gardening and housework and walking in the country, but at other times (and even though I always say, ‘we wear what we want’) you could ask yourself, do I love that item? If not, why wear it!
I’ve added another embellishment – this necklace bought from the V&A museum shop (for not very much) which has some great costume jewellery.
That’s all for now – see you next year!
Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper
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P.P.S. And you know what, the idea of making videos is something I’ve been thinking about. I won’t change the blog – it’s just about development. Never stay still is my view. You’ll hear more about this next year!