My Capsule Wardrobe
I’m working on my capsule wardrobe and decided to use black as my neutral. As I’ve blogged before, I’m going to do my best to buy as many needed items as possible from consignment or resale shops instead of new. To the extent I can’t find what I need there, I’ll do my best to purchase items that are sourced from the USA and meant to last.
I took a trip to Clotheshorse Anonymous, an upscale resale shop in Dallas. This resale shop is one of the benefits of living in a community of extremely wealthy fashionistas with too much money and time on their hands. If you have one in your area, GET THEE TO IT STAT!
I once bought a pair of Ralph Lauren dress pants there. For $40. With the $395 price tag still attached. I shit you not.
This trip I bought three tops for $43.82.
One of them is a cami from Chico’s and, as you can see, it still has the original tag on it. I also got a black tank top and white v-neck t-shirt. All three of these will work with all of the other clothes I’ll be keeping. I’m pretty sure they were all made in the USA for the double win!
On a side note, have you read the book Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion (not an affiliate link)? I did and was shocked about what I read. These days clothes are designed to wear out so you’ll go out and buy more. I guess it’s true that things aren’t made the way they used to. I loved this book. It’s disturbing and thought-provoking. And gave me a good swift kick in the pants.
If you’ve read it, or if you decide to read it, please post your thoughts about it in the comments!
Headed to the Beach and Our Family’s Minimalist Packing Challenge
We’re heading to the beach for a week with Stephen’s family. It’s gonna be a full on Bridges family explosion. Gulf Shores isn’t gonna know what hit ’em. I’m preemptively frightened for the kind people of Alabama.
Since we’re trying to dress with less anyway, we’ve challenged ourselves to get through 10 days with one small carry-on sized suitcase per person and one personal bag per person. We’re driving, so this isn’t an airline imposed limit, and we’ll be staying in a beach house with a washer and dryer, which will make the challenge easier.
But, it’s still a big deal for me. Because I am that person who overpacks. Stephen and I went on a cruise once. A 7 day cruise for 2 people equaled 4 suitcases and a hanging bag. And a few months ago I flew to Houston for one of my BFF’s surprise birthday parties. I was so excited at my packing prowess, I said to Stephen: “Boo-yah. Look at this packing job! Look how little is in there.”
He looked at me like I was nuts. “You have an entire duffel bag and you’ll be gone less than 24 hours.” He was not impressed.
Um, so yeah.
I’ll do a more in-depth post on what we packed and how it went when we get back. But, I do plan on posting some photos on Instagram. If you’d like to follow along next week, please do!
Kerry’s Back Next Week!
In the meantime, Kerry has agreed to blog next week. I’m sure you will be excited to hear how she’s been doing and to get back to her awesome, hilarious posts. I can’t wait to read what she has to say!
Have an amazing week next week!!!