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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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NASFKAB 11/12/2012 8:56PM

  great way to go

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LISBETHSALANDER 11/10/2012 3:50PM

    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.

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EFFIEANNIE 11/10/2012 11:37AM

    That's an organized shopper. Good for you.

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OLIVIANIGHT 11/10/2012 6:57AM

    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.

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BLUE42DOWN 11/9/2012 6:17PM

    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!

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PHEBESS 11/9/2012 3:49PM

    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.

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A-NEW-TARA 11/9/2012 3:30PM

    A great approach to shopping, especially when trying to rebuild your wardrobe.
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CATLADY52 11/9/2012 2:07PM

    A excellant way to go. emoticon

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OTEN36 11/9/2012 1:38PM

    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.

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JACKIE542 11/9/2012 12:50PM

    Great idea. Have fun! emoticon emoticon

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FRANCESLUCAS 11/9/2012 12:44PM

    You have me motivated now! Thanks for sharing!

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