07 June 2012

Do Over

This has nothing to do with reality, but have you ever thought about what it would be like if you had the opportunity to start your closet and wardrobe over from scratch?

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I always have admired the looks of the classic, sleek and minimalist - the gals who can wear jeans and a tee and look impeccable. Something about the quality of the cotton, the cut of the denim, the barely there accessorizing, probably an understated but still statement-making shoe or purse. They can throw on a simple structured jacket and suddenly the look is all-season appropriate. I envision them looking as if they just walked out of a Calvin Klein or Michael Kors ad.

As much as I wish I could look that effortless, that is just not my current aesthetic. My eyes and hands almost always veer towards bold color, loads of pattern. I feel bare without accessories. But part of me can't help but to wonder if I feel that way partly because of my existing closet. If my current closet is subconsciously influencing my new purchases, because that new skirt would look great with my old blouse, or the like.

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If I could start from scratch? Would I give up my J.Crew and Anthro predilections? Hm ... probably not. But would I be a little wiser in what I pick for my closet, adding more classic, quality pieces over quantity of them - probably. If money were no object, would I go all-designer? I don't think so ... Personally I've just never wanted a Chanel purse or a pair of Louboutins (says Poor Lisa now, haha). Would I choose to tone down some of the sometimes over-the-top pattern and color for something that may require agonizing over each day? As much as I enjoy putting pieces together and mix and matching, boy would it be a time saver if everything in my closet just kind of work together.

So if I could theoretically do my closet over, I think I would opt for classic sleek pieces with just a hint of quirk. What about you ladies? If money and other realities were not an issue, would you want to start your wardrobe over? Would you also use that as an opp to change your style? And if so, what's your ideal style?

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Top: J.Crew factory perfect in summer plaid (sim, sim, sim)
Shorts: J.Crew factory chino (sim, sim)
Shoes: Zara lined wedge (worn here - sim, rubber, studded, print)
Belt: J.Crew factory braided metallic (sim)
Bracelets: Asos white, F21 stud, T+J Designs neon (sim, sim, sim)
Necklace: DefinitelyDifferent via Etsy (worn here - sim)

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46 comments:

  1. You and I are alike - my wardrobe looks like a rainbow had many many rainbow babies!

    Whenever I've tried to be minimalistic, it just looks like I didn't try at all.. so I've just about given up on that aesthetic

    I think we all sometimes want what we can't attain - but in the meantime, I am happy to be swaddled in prints and colour!

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    1. I totally know what you mean. When I put on a pair of jeans and a simple tee, I end up looking sloppy somehow instead of chic!

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  2. I would love to strip my wardrobe down to basics. My problem is that I am a pack rat by nature and I have sentimental attachments to clothing. Combined with the fact that I rarely have any spare time for myself, I now have closets and dressers filled to overflowing, and it seems like I only wear a tiny fraction of what's there. I'm trying to declutter and sell/donate as much as possible.

    PS. Love those pink shorts, they are so summery.

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  3. Well, for me, I dig quirk and my closet totally reflects that. But I hear you. It wasn't really until blogging that I was able to realize how invaluable that classic white button up can actually be.

    Love your bright pink shorts Lisa! Yowza!

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  4. I think in the last 3 years my wardrobe (or, at least the part that I wear) has done a complete 180. I don't like acquiring everything all at once, I feel it limits my creativity. But I do love adding awesome pieces here and there, now and then.

    xox

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  5. I tooooootally wish I could do this! Of course I'd have to keep a few of my fave pieces but it would be so great. Now who would fund it...... :o)

    PS - Saw your comment re: HG on my blog. I totally agree with the Finnick thing too! It was pretty anticlimactic, sorta like the ending. That being said, would a more drawn-out sequence have been better? I'm not sure, but it definitely felt a little like an after thought. Definitely let us know what you think if you go see the movie!

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    1. Re: HG, the Finnick last scene felt almost like an after-thought. Katniss turns around and - oh yeah, there's Finnick! I don't necessarily want it all drawn out (I hate drawn out good byes ...) but I wanted "something." I mean, shoot, we had time to deal with Boggs!

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  6. if I could do it over... invest in quality pieces earlier on. And I do kick myself for not buying that damn chanel bag 5 yrs ago when I had the cash.

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    1. What is up with Chanel bags going up in price from year-to-year? Adjust for inflation much? I don't see those guys downing the price if we ever had a deflationary year.

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  7. I definitely veer towards pattern, texture, and color. I don't think I could ever be minimalist. I think I would have a lot more pattern and color in my closet, instead of sticking to "safe" choices because I have a small budget!

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  8. I've never really wanted the sleek minimalist look. If I could redo my closet, I would want more goofy prints and fun pieces. I used to think that quality pieces would be "investments" but unless you can truly afford something crazy expensive, I don't think it's probably work it. Plus, you might change size, or lifestyle, or the piece that's supposedly classic will go out of style. Just the fit or cut of a blazer can change so much in 10 years, even without looking at extreme trends.

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    1. Shoot, I guess my point of view would be different if I were some really rich person, but my inner cheap chica is aghast at the thought of spending several hundred dollars for a purse, much less several thousand. More power to the folks who can do it, however, but if it were me, that thing would end up going under a glass case on a trophy shelf!

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  9. Ooooo, you are in trouble! Actually, I'm the one in trouble....you keep showing me all of this great jewelry! I went back out to etsy to check out this store...I have, I think, eight pieces in my bag.
    BTW...love your outfit! You look adorable as always!

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    1. That's what we do here, right, spread some of the shopping enabling around, haha? ;o)

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  10. Loving the bright shorts there!!
    I have many times wished that I could chuck a good portion of my wardrobe and just over. I would prefer to have more great and or unique basics with amazing bags and other accessories. I think I have an idea of what my main style is, but I love to mix in other styles too so it's not quite cut and dry.
    If money were no object, I would be shopping J. Crew, Phillip Lim, Alexander Wang, Rebecca Taylor and a whole slew of interesting designers on Net-a-Porter all the time.

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  11. I wish I could have skipped the phase after I had my first son where I suddenly had hips and didn't know where to shop. Juniors?!? WTH was I thinking. I wish I had known the quality of JC and Anthro then instead of dumping my money on lower end "mall stores" that never held quality after a wash or two.

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    1. Fast fashion brands are such an easy and inexpensive way to try out some trends but I do wonder ... when I'm done with neon, could I have pooled all that money I spend on neon items to instead have bought one reall kick-butt piece for my closet? But then again ... I so adore neon right now!

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  12. I wish I could have a wardrobe makeover a few years back when I tried to save money and buy low-end clothing. They are still nice pieces but the quality is not there. Love your plaid shirt with shorts. Love the color on the shorts!

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  13. Oh man, I would find and buy ALL the theme outfits they do at CollegeFashion. They're always understated and classy and not too obvious, but they hit the nerd in me just right. Give me ALL the Harry Potter outfits, haha!

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  14. I would totally do a wardrobe makeover! My wardrobe is a mess and have bits of everything! I would love a classic wardrobe with classic pieces that would stand the wear of time :)

    katattack2000.wordpress.com

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  15. I'm always about a new wardrobe lol! I love that you are always so bright, colorful, and cheery!

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  16. I am pretty happy with my current wardrobe...but I would not mind a new bag or shoes...especially of a more designer status. And by designer, I mean not Target...

    I adore your pink shorts! I love them.

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    1. Ack, but Target has some awful cute stuff a lot of the time ...

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  17. I don't think I would change the way I have shopped because I'm actually quite happy with what I currently have in my closet. My problem is that I can't let go of anything... I'm good at putting away pieces in the back of my closet and when I see them again I enjoyed them as they were new. If money were not an issue I would get a bigger closet in a bigger apartment, a luxury here in NYC!
    And, by the way, I love your shoes! The color, the wedge, they are really cute!
    Jenny L.
    http://www.jensoutfitjournal.com/

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    1. Oh lady, a huge closet where we could see pretty much everything we've got in one sweep would be awesome! However, I bet we could figure a way to fill up even the largest of closets, haha!

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  18. I try to focus on basics, i find easier to get dress that way, you can put anything with everything. I love t shirts, lately I been buying them from Cos, http://www.cosstores.com/. Love the quality and the classic shape. I find every time I buy something different I ended not wearing it...I guess that's style...and age hahahah, but sometimes I do want to burnt everything as well!!

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  19. Yes, as of yesterday I am gong through an identity crisis. I think I was dressing all wrong all this time, shall I start anew? I afraid by the time I finish with a new wardrobe, I'll have another crisis, so what's the point?:)0 I do admired people with a solid sense of style, nothing seems to sway them of the chosen path. I wish I could be one of them.

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    1. I think of Jennifer Aniston when I think of someone with a solid sense of their style - she knows what works for her and has worked it well for several years. But hm ... then again, doesn't that get boring after a while?

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  20. I tend to gravitate towards colors not too bright because I like my accessories to take center stage for color but then again I don't shy away from color I would just need to add more in my wardrobe. I feel comfortable in a tank top, statement necklace and a dressy skirt. I think my problem is most of my clothes are dressier than my lifestyle so I don't really have anywhere to wear them to and they sit in my closet and I accumulate more and more so I can't catch up. I'm just a collector. It also doesn't help that DH is an engineer and they don't dress up for work so he's in jeans and button down long sleeve shirts while I worked for a venture capital firm so I have to be put together and now I'm not doing that right now but I still shop like I do.

    I love it when you're in color so cheerful and your smile just makes me smile. I live through your pictures and colorful clothes.

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    1. Oh lady I'd love for some dressier pieces in my wardrobe but honestly I'm a real cas person and BF and I prefer doing cas activities over anything else. Heck, I don't even think I have one dressy party dress!

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  21. Your outfit is beautiful, dear!
    I loved the prints!!
    Kisses!!
    xx Iza

    vintageiz.blogspot.com

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  22. I'm the opposite! I love colors and patterns to look at on other people..and I can appreciate the current trends (bold colors, color blocking, pattern mixing), but they are not necessarily for me. I have a few bright pieces, but I gravitate towards neutrals: creams, nudes, olive green, navy, charcoal grey. In general, I feel the best when I wear unlayered outfits that are very simple with a minimal of jewelry. I think as I get older, I appreciate the simplicity and elegance of minimalism and classic silhouettes and colors. I love looking to blogs like yours for inspiration though..even if I might not dress the same way! : ) I love fashion and am always on the lookout for pieces to add to my wardrobe. I go through different phases when I dress more feminine or tomboyish, but really, it depends on the weather, my mood, the seasons...

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    1. I think I may need more neutrals in my life. It may making packing for trips easier because I don't have to think so much over pieces that work together.

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  23. I am probably the opposite, as in I'll get rid of the too many basic pieces because even with those basic pieces, I'm still nowhere near a CK or Kors ad haha

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  24. I am like you - the brighter the better. Always have been so I've decided to embrace it.

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  25. I like your bold and fun colors and patterns. My mom used to say we dress like our personalities. Maybe that's true? And I'm like you, I LOVE the minimalist look but I look crap in jeans and a t-shirt. Maybe I'll try it on the blog now lol!

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    1. I'm not sure what my style says about my personality - I have multiple personalities maybe? Haha!

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  26. My closet is more minimalistic and I like it this way, I would not necessarily want to start from scratch because it took me long time to get to this point. If I won a shopping spree I would probably but more of the same but better quality.

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  27. I absolutely love those bright J.Crew shorts!!!

    Method Clothe

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  28. Love, love this outfit! Those shoes I really need them in my life just because they are fabulous!!

    btw, If I could change my wardrobe I would add more solids and less prints. Find things that work with my top heavy/small bottom body shape.

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  29. lovely :) i tag you
    http://excurlythoughts.blogspot.com/2012/06/tag-again.html

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  30. When I was younger, I use to buy any and everything! If I kinda liked it, I bought it. Not today! I really look at quality, fabric, prices etc. I think my choices are much wiser. Expensive doesn't impress me. Great fitting clothes do. Excellent post!
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  31. Ah.. I wondered about this as much as you do. Still, I think we are what we have chosen to be. So I would probably not be happy with the stylish minimalistic look.
    Also with you: I like you for your colour, YOUR SHOES, your dare to be different and you almost never fail. (It is humanly impossible to never fail when you take risks. Bear that in mind.)

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