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An Organized Approach to a Changing Wardrobe

Friday, November 09, 2012

Okay, so you all know that I went clothing shopping twice this week. I'm not buying a lot--the closet in my tiny apartment is only three feet wide. But because of my changing size, it was difficult to find tops that went with bottoms. And hard to remember what clothes are at home that do fit right now.

So I made a list. I listed all my non-workout clothing by category: slacks, skirts and suits separately on one side of the paper along with color [for example, blue skirt, khaki slacks, and so on], and blouses, knit tops and jackets on the other side of the paper. I added my measurements because I often forget numbers and grabbed my small tape measure, then headed to the stores.
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With list in hand I could easily choose colors of garments that would go with things already in my closet. I could measure the tops or bottoms on the hanger to see if there was a chance it would fit--sizes are all over the place these days. This cut down on the number of garments I actually took to the fitting room and I didn't get tired before I had shopped the whole store.

Yesterday's score: a khaki jacket to go with the slacks already in my closet [a pretty good match although they are by different makers, and I can wear any color top with this], and a purple skirt to go with four tops that were at home [one that I had bought on Tuesday]. I'd call that successful shopping. It made it so easy, I think I'll update my list any time I go clothing shopping from now on.
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  • v NASFKAB
    great way to go
    1382 days ago
  • v LISBETHSALANDER
    Wonderful and practical advice. I still hate shopping but think as my size gets smaller it will cease to be so horrible. I am please to be shopping in stores again and have vowed to try on all clothes. No more internet shopping for shapeless garments for me. I'm stealing your idea next time.
    1384 days ago
  • v EFFIEANNIE
    That's an organized shopper. Good for you.
    1384 days ago
  • v OLIVIANIGHT
    That's such a good idea! Why have we never thought of this before? Although I think if I had to list all my clothes I would be there for a week, even after two big clearouts I have too many.
    1384 days ago
  • v BLUE42DOWN
    emoticon job!

    I hadn't thought about taking a tape measure along, but love the idea of having a list of what you have. (I also like another reply's mention of pictures. That could be especially useful with prints, patterns, and harder to fit styles.)

    Enjoy your new clothes!
    1385 days ago
  • v PHEBESS
    Great idea!

    You can also take photos (like on your phone if you have that kind) and carry them along with you.

    My policy is to have neutrals - usually on the bottom - and then brights or lights or prints for the other half of me (usually the top) - makes it easy to mix and match.
    1385 days ago
  • v A-NEW-TARA
    A great approach to shopping, especially when trying to rebuild your wardrobe.
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    1385 days ago
  • v CATLADY52
    A excellant way to go. emoticon
    1385 days ago
  • v OTEN36
    Way to Go!
    I'm really happy for you.
    I bought two pairs of jeans and 6 different color tank tops. I favor the layered look. I had enough small tops that I didn't have to buy any.
    But I do "deserve" a shopping trip if I do say so myself. Just never get time to do anything for myself yet. Soon though...LOL
    THE most fun is trying an article of clothing on at home and realizing you blew past that size....gigglin....and lovin' it.
    1385 days ago
  • v JACKIE542
    Great idea. Have fun! emoticon emoticon
    1385 days ago
  • v FRANCESLUCAS
    You have me motivated now! Thanks for sharing!
    1385 days ago
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