Tim and I share a closet. Believe it or not, we both use up roughly the same amount of space and hangers. He & I hold the same mantras when it comes to clothing: "Quality over Quantity" and "The Less Shopping, The Better."
It's a tug of war in our souls - we want to be fashionable. Simultaneously, we acknowledge that there are way more important things to spend our time and money on than the size or scope of our closet.
When evaluating clothes, I tend to select pieces that travel well (since we do quite a bit of that), can easily mix and match with other pieces in my closet (for maximum economic impact), and that are NOT dry clean only.
Because I have three young children (ages 6, 4, and almost 1), my wardrobe consists primarily of jeans and tees or cardigans. I need to have items that allow me to bend, squat, and run with relative ease for daily wear. It's also important for me to have a few dressier outfits for press junkets, television appearances, and conferences.
I would describe my everyday style as casual and my business style as classic. For example, I am much more likely to buy a Little Black Dress than a dress in a super trendy style for fear that it will go out of fashion before I have time to make good use of it. If I could borrow from anyone's closet, I'd choose Queen Rania of Jordan.
I prefer online shopping for convenience and time-savings, but it's not always easy to get sizing exactly right.
My favorite brick-and-mortar place to shop is Nordstrom Rack. The one in my city is well-organized and has great prices on designer brands (especially denim).
In another season of life, I'm sure I'd be a thrift and consignment store maven. Why pay full price when you can get gently used clothes for way less? For now, however, I don't have the time to sort through racks for hidden treasures while carrying a baby and looking for little blonde heads bobbing through the store. Not to mention I'm wary of the germs and general yuckiness in secondhand shops so I'm constantly saying, "Don't touch anything!"
I alternate between three pairs of jeans - two are made by Habitual, one is by 7 For All Mankind.
My three favorite tops lately are a button-up cardigan by DownEast Basics, a denim button-up shirt by H & M, and a zip-up yellow sweatshirt by Aeropostale.
I also have a business suit by Ann Taylor and an assortment of stretchy tank tops (layering is the friend of nursing mothers).
Since the weather here in Arizona is quickly turning warmer, I'll need to add a few new pieces to my wardrobe soon - several well-made tees and tanks, a pair of denim capris, cut-off shorts, a skirt or two, and a great swimsuit coverup.
Here's the plan.
thredUP - I've written about thredUP extensively over the past year. It's a great online consignment shop concept where you can sell and buy kids clothes - top brands, affordable prices. Our family has had a good experience with the brand and...they just announced the launch of a Women's Shop. You can submit your email to be one of the FIRST to find out about the official launch, plus receive special discounts and such. Super excited about this.
Stitch Fix - StitchFix is all the rage in the blogosphere. It's like having your own personal stylist from afar. You fill out a style profile with your sizing info & budget...and are sent pieces to "match" your requirements. There is a $20 styling fee, but you can apply it toward your purchase should you decide to keep any of the five items that are sent your way. Sounds promising.
Clothing Swaps - Pre-kids, I held Clothes Swaps about twice a year at my house. I'd invite approximately 20-30 women to bring bags of clothes that were "too big, too tiny, too dull, too shiny, too tight, too cold, too bright, too bold, too frumpy, too baggy, too fancy, too saggy, too short, too tall, too trendy, all wrong." (I wrote that little jingle myself). We divided clothes by category and everyone SHOPPED. I'd love to start up this tradition again - for women's clothes and children's clothes. Who's in?
Share the "state of your wardrobe" in the comments! What are your favorite places to shop? What are the current brands that take up residence in your closet? Do you have a Pinterest style board? Let's talk!