The first month of 2019 is almost over, and I think one of the biggest things to take over the world this month was Marie Kondo’s new show on Netflix. If you’re a fellow Gilmore-ian like me, then you were probably introduced to Marie Kondo’s method of throwing out anything that doesn’t bring you joy Emily Gilmore style, in the Netflix Gilmore Girls revival. Emily is strutting around in Lorelai’s jeans because none of her clothes brought her joy so she tossed them all out, and that’s basically what the whole world is doing right now!
Marie Kondo is new to me, but her method is not. I noticed long ago that there were certain clothing items that I fell in love with when I put them on, and others that I didn’t, but I bought them anyway. And it never failed that the ones I didn’t fall in love with, but bought because I thought they were practical, were the ones I never wore. So I did a few big purges over the next couple of years, getting rid of any clothes at the end of each season that I hadn’t worn at all. And then I made a rule for myself – for anything new that I buy, I have to love it or it stays in the store!
I still go through my clothes at the end of each season and get rid of things. But the difference is, now I’m only getting rid of a few things, and it’s usually because it’s worn out to the point that it no longer serves a useful purpose. I’m a ThredUP addict and shop their site incessantly, but I never send them a cleanout bag….and that’s because I never have anything in good condition that I don’t wear to send them! I also don’t hesitate to send anything back that I fell in love with online but either didn’t fit right or I didn’t love in person.
The result is, I’ve finally developed a wardrobe full of things that I love. I can go through my clothes at the beginning of each week and pick out my work outfits for the week, and I feel good. I’m not sifting through racks and racks of clothes and still thinking, “man, I have nothing to wear.” The two areas I found myself lacking were jeans and pants, because I’ve lost so much weight that everything I had was too loose in the waist and I was safety-pinning them to make them fit right, and lounge/workout clothes, which is just something I’ve never worn a whole lot before I started consistently working out in the last month.
I debated taking in the jeans and pants that were too loose in the waist, but I was afraid that if I did I would end up gaining a few pounds back and they would end up being too small. So I finally decided to start buying some new pieces in my new smaller size. I put some money in my budget for new clothes each month, until I reach a point where I feel like I have enough of a rotation that I don’t need anymore. Thanks to ThredUP, I was able to buy several designer pieces this first month without spending a lot of money.
So without further adieu, here is what I bought, how much I paid for it, and the estimated retail price of buying it new:
- Adriano Goldschmied Cords at a steal for $5.99, which is $161 off the estimated retail price of $167.00.
- Ann Taylor dress pants for $11.99–with an estimated retail of $119.00.
- The Limited hunter green cardigan for $11.99–estimated retail of $50.00
- Out From Under bodysuit to pair with the cardigan, and also wear by itself with a pair of shorts in the hot summertime, for $14.99–estimated retail of $36.00
- Express blazer for $18.99–estimated retail of $89.00
- BCBGMaxazria sweater for $28.99–estimated retail price of $148.00
- BCBGMaxazria pants for $11.99–estimated retail of $158.00
- Joe’s Jeans for $23.99–estimated retail of $167.00
- Banana Republic turtleneck tank, which was new with tags, for $17.99–estimated retail of $58.00
And my personal favorite, this Calvin Klein dress for $50.99–estimated retail of $190.00
The heels in this photo are actually an older ThredUP purchase–they’re Manolo Blahnik and I got them for $65.00!!! Seriously…talk about fashion robbery with their retail price coming in at $515.00! I tend to save these heels for special occasions, but I paired them with the dress on this day because my usual J.Crew black pumps, yet another ThredUP buy, were at the shoe repair shop having the heel taps replaced because I walk heavy on my heels and have them worn down to bare metal in no time.
All of this was actually double my monthly budget, but I ordered the first half at the beginning of January with some Christmas cash, just to get the ball rolling. There were a couple of other items that I ended up returning, like a Gap turtleneck sweater and an Anne Klein dress that were too big around the waist. I sent them back for a store credit, which I used in my purchase later in the month.
I’m going to try to do a monthly wardrobe purchase post, at least as long as I’m continuing to buy new pieces, so stay tuned! I suspect this will continue until fall, because I will need some new shorts and skirts during the upcoming spring and summer months as well!
Thanks for reading, and happy thrifting!