One of my favorite songs is “Come Over” by Kenny Chesney – it has long held a special place in my heart, and that video is straight up sexy, y’all! But, as I surveyed my apartment this weekend, I realized that if anyone actually were to come over, I would be so embarrassed. I had let my carefree (read: messy) lifestyle get to the point of disaster, and it was high time to do something about it.
Often, cleaning makes me feel like I’m a little materialistic (that’s another post), but it also gives me new outfit ideas because I find things buried in my closet (or on the floor) that I’d forgotten about. That didn’t happen this time, though. Instead, I’ve decided to purge my wardrobe, inspired in part by a book I’m reading called, I’ll Drink to That (the memoir of Betty Halbreich, the personal shopper at Bergdorf Goodman), and by catching up on about 5 past issues of InStyle. While there is nothing wrong with many of my clothes, a lot of them are a few seasons old, I rarely wear them, and/or they are too big on me, as I’ve gone down a couple sizes over the past year or two. Ms. Halbreich’s book, while about designers and fashion I may never be able to afford (and may choose not to even if I can), has made me yearn for a more sophisticated look. I’ve always preferred quantity over quality, and that’s probably not going to change – much. But, maybe because I’m 30 and obviously more mature now, I’ve decided it’s time to wear only clothes that I love, not just ones I like. And ones that fit me as if they’d been tailored, not as if they were off-the-rack hand-me-downs (which, they probably were, and which is totally fine – as long as no one can tell the difference).
So, you may be witness to a style evolution; I don’t know. I think it’s important to keep growing and evolving as a person generally, and never get stuck in a rut of any kind (especially not a beauty/style one – here’s looking at you, bright blue eyeshadow and feathered hair!) We’ll see where this new perspective takes me. But, you may benefit from this purging – after my mom and sister have had a chance to look through my give-away pile (see below; and sorry, family does get first dibs), I’ll showcase all of my good pieces (I’m not going to offer anything that is super worn or out of style; that’s just rude!) here, and for the cost of shipping, you guys are welcome to any you’d like.
In the meantime, it is, of course, business as usual at Tastefully Trendy. And one thing I will NOT be purging are all of my boots. After several years of working on it, I’ve finally got a pair for (almost) every occasion (I still need some tan/brown casual ankle boots – very specific, I know), and the pair below is one of my favorite recent additions – favorite because they’re cute and unique, yes, but also because they were only $10. And they’re wedges, so they’re very comfortable.