Today’s Tuesday Try was all about getting to the heart of our closets and confronting those pieces we bought then parked…

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This wrought some interesting discussion on Facebook.  My friend Cathy is very practical about her wardrobe and related this challenge to the excess in contemporary culture.  (Agreed.)  She stated she only buys things she wears.  To that I say, really?!!  Cathy, you know I love you, but you’re telling me you’ve never bought anything that ended up parked in your closet?  Maybe you wore it a couple of times but ended up not wearing it often and eventually donating it?  If not, you’re in the minority!  (And I applaud your shopping skill!)  I can’t claim to have a small wardrobe but even when I did my 10-Item Wardrobe challenge , there were pieces that I wore less frequently and were relatively parked.  Even as a thrifter, even being as mindful about my purchases as a fashion blogger can be, I still buy some pieces that I don’t end up wearing.  That’s right, I make shopping mistakes.  There, I said it.

Case in point, this Tahari dress with pockets I scored for $3.50 from Goodwill...
Case in point, this Tahari dress with pockets I scored for $3.50 from Goodwill…
What was I thinking?  This sucker is too small!  I couldn't even take it out of the house for a day for the Tuesday Try!  I put it in my swap bag and found another outfit!
What was I thinking? This sucker is too small! I couldn’t even take it out of the house for a day for the Tuesday Try! I immediately put it in my swap bag and found another outfit!

For many of us, our shopping mistakes cost a lot more than $3.50 and price plays a major role in our reluctance to let it go.  But, WWKS?  (What Would Konmari Say?)  Konmari would say, it sparks joy or it goes.  Ladies, today is the day to say goodbye to any of those expensive pieces that you feel bad about giving away but never wear!  Donate or swap them so someone else has a shot at loving them!  It will feel right and good, I promise.

Now, for another common stumbling block: gifts.  I personally love gifts of clothing and accessories.  My sister and fellow thrifter finds me so many great pieces, I am truly indebted!  She gave me this heart-print sweater that seemed to have my name all over it…

The colours, the print, the stripes!  LOVE!
The colours, the heart print, the stripes! LOVE!

Yet, I’ve had it since Christmas and have never worn it until today…

Hello my name is Nicole and I match.
Hello my name is Nicole and I have a bad case of MMS (Matchy-Matchy Syndrome).  
The sweater has a "circle hem"...
The sweater has a “circle hem”…
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Doggie photo bomb. 

This is my first circle-hem top and, frankly, it’s not flattering.  This particular outfit isn’t too bad, but I don’t like to hang onto “one trick pony” pieces that can only be worn in one way…

With jeans?  NOPE
With jeans? NOPE
With leggings and a layering chambray?  NOPE.  Not only HOT but also uncomfortable.
With leggings and a layering chambray? NOPE. Not only HOT but also uncomfortable.
With my mustard skirt $8, Marc Art of Walking shoes $19 plus She Does Create accessories.
With my mustard skirt $8, Marc Art of Walking shoes $19 plus She Does Create accessories.

Just as price isn’t a good reason to keep a piece, neither is gift-guilt!  Shannon, thank you so much for this piece but unless there’s an outcry of disagreement, this sweater is more heartbreak than love

amiright?
amiright?

5 Comments

  1. Sandra Couture Reply

    Cute but not versatile. Time to let it go to a new home.

  2. ClaireAbbysMom Reply

    Hmm, I’m kinda surprised Shannon bought this. I love it in that I remember those sweater days in the 90’s.  You are wearing a perfect PTA Mom Outfit – so yes, re-gift this sweater to charity.

  3. Julie Hoefling Reply

    I love rhe Sparky cameo. He’s really checking out your shoes!

  4. The Spirited Thrifter Reply

    He’s after fame I tell ya! (And also makes a nice accessory!)

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