Earlier this week I issued a Purge Prompt for the Closet Minimalism Game…
I went through my dresses and identified NINE iffy dresses…
I immediately ruled out the tie-dye chambray dress – too tight! It barely fit last summer but I went on a liquid diet* and made it work, but now I’m storing up carbs for winter so it’s time to part ways.
I also ruled out the chambray polka-dot Anthro dress – too short! I LOVE the dress but it is just too short to be decent for all that I have to do in my life. I’ve only worn it once and even though it looks okay with leggings, it’s still a “one trick pony” and I can do better than that.
I also ruled out the black/tan/grey print dress because it has a slight cowl and I don’t like cowls so I hardly ever wear it even though it has pockets.
I did however keep the hot pink and orange silk dress – I don’t wear it often but it brings back fond memories of thrifting in Livingston where I saw John Mayer and we became best friends*.
I also kept the mustard/pink Anthro dress because it has pockets and great colours and deserves at least 2 more wears so I can get my $3.50 out of it!
That left four dresses to try out last week and make some tough decisions…
You may be thinking, “She has 9 iffy dresses! How many dresses does this crazy lady have?” Well, IF you promise no judgment and IF you keep in mind that before I started thrifting I had NO dresses and have accumulated these over the past 5 years, read on as I reveal my dress collection!
I do have a few “special” dresses including my vintage black dress, silk J Crew dress scored at Goodwill in the US, beaded French Connection dress, silk new-with-tags J Crew dress with pockets, Lida Baday dress that needs tailoring and my two Madmen dresses that are going to a cocktail party soon…
And there’s one I haven’t worn yet aside from Halloween…
I’m not sure if it all adds up here or not, but I’ve made my list and counted it twice and the grand total is… 60 dresses!! It sounds like a lot (and it is) but my closet can handle it, they’re ALL thrifted and I love dresses. So there.
Wow, you lucky duck! Small closet here, which I share with my dear husband. Loved looking through your collection! I thought, if I could steal a few dresses, which ones would I go for? That navy silk one definitely. If you ever had to pare down to, say, 12 dresses, which ones would you pick?
That is an excellent question and I’ve been giving it some thought since reading my pal Adina’s post on the platonic closet! I would keep the Isabel Marant, the watercolour and striped maxi, the black and navy Lida Baday, the striped, the oxblood Theory, the Beige by eci, the vintage black dress, the peach J Crew one (for my daughter when she gets bigger!), black Liz Claiborne and BCBG with grey band at the waist. But I would do so only under GREAT duress LOL!!
Congratulations on a beautiful dress collection, lovely to see them all.
Perhaps I was too harsh on the black velvet number and it was just the way the light caught the nap in the photo. The dog obviously loves you in it!
Hahaha well it was a fair consideration!! I still don’t feel I nailed a styling I *love* but I’ll give it one more go (and then put it in my Halloween box!). Thanks for reading and commenting – I truly appreciate it!
“My closet can handle it, so there” is my new thrift motto.
(Ps can you tell I caught up on several posts at once?! Sorry to cram your inbox with comments)
Haha I ❤️ comments anytime!! And it’s a good motto! Thanks for reading!
I need to do this thrifting prompt game. It actually really helped me get rid of things.
That is great to hear!! I am in process of compiling all the prompts into one handy download – stay tuned! xoxoxo