Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Closet Shopping (What I Wore Wednesday)

Someone told me I was "low maintenance" the other day.  Materialistically? Yes.  Emotionally?  Of course not.

I'm linking up with the pleated poppy's What I Wore Wednesday(wiww) again. WWIW link up was started by blogger/business woman extraordinaire, Lindsey, as a "fun way for us to encourage each other to simply get dressed each day, and get out of our pj’s or yoga pants."  I love linking up here every now and then to get me thinking about fashion-- A. Because it's fun and B. Because it forces me to update my look or at least take a second look at my look(s).

A couple weeks ago I bought a dress for a big event.  I rarely buy new dresses and I rarely go to big events.  So, it was a big deal. 

When I went into the store, I felt a little uncomfortable--with my body, the prices, etc.  I felt under dressed, insecure.  I felt like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman.  You know the scene when her boyfriend  John a.k.a. Richard Gere gives her money to buy a dress?  The sales people are so mean and she leaves all dejected and humiliated.  Much like a sad hooker from 1990, I almost left the store dejected, but I stayed.  I stayed because I realized no one was being unkind, no one was making me feel bad about myself (except me).  I stayed because Richard Gere was not going to come and give me a bunch of money to stick it to the snotty salespeople.

I found a dress that was fabulous and had an amazing time at the event.  Even though I have body issues, the biggest reason I felt uncomfortable at the store was money.  It seemed crazy to spend so much money on clothes or anything quite frankly.

I prefer to closet shop.  And I guess as far as fashion goes, I AM pretty low maintenance.

I did a little closet shopping the other day and here were some good finds.
This outfit is from H&M circa 2009.
The sweater makes it a little more conservative. I wore the above look to church on Sunday.

I wore the look below to the baseball game after church. Took off the sweater and paired it with $3 Target flip flops, not pictured.
I find it hard to not make funny faces in these or any picture I am in.

This outfit is also from H&M circa 2007.  Classic, flattering wrap dress.  Love it!
The sandals are from Kohl's and are 10 years old!  A decade ago, I was on my way to a wedding and actually forgot my shoes.  I stopped at Kohl's and picked these babies up.  Honest to god, these inexpensive sandals lasted longer than my friend's marriage.  Sad, but true story.
My purse.  Don't you love it?  It was a gift from my best pal Stephanie.  It's kind of a tradition that she gets me a purse for my birthday every year.  It started because she watched me carry the same purse for five years.  It wasn't because it held up so well (it was sort of falling apart), it was just because I liked it and it worked.  Steph was disgusted and bought me a new one.  And she has fabulous taste.  This one is showing signs of wear and tear and my birthday is right around the corner....

So while new things (like giant lovely purses) are great, I like diving into my closet and seeing what I can find.  It's a little like shopping without driving to the store, sales people and all that jazz.  

It's low maintenance I guess.

pleated poppy

Here it is, the Pretty Woman clip:


  1. I must say, I would love to closet shop in your closet. The outfits you pulled out are adorable. And you look amazing in that dress without the sweather!

  2. love that you're shopping the closet, and love that wrap dress!