Summer Wardrobe Syndrome
I have a recurring problem that pops up every year around this time. My husband has come to anticipate it. The sequence goes a little something like this:
First, I stand inside my closet with my hands on my hips and declare that “I have no summer clothes.”
Then I remember that they’ve been packed away in a huge Rubbermaid tub since September. I retrieve said tub and promptly throw half its contents into a bags destined for Goodwill, ReThreads (my favorite secondhand store), or an upcoming swap party. A garment gets tossed in a bag if it meets any of the following descriptions: (a) I can’t zip it or can only zip it if I suck in my stomach, (b) I’ve worn it so many times it disgusts me to look at it, or (c) it’s too short to be respectable on my not-getting-any-younger ass (“too short” is, of course, a subjective term, as is “respectable”).
After I’ve sorted through everything, I stand in the middle of the closet with my hands on my hips and again declare, “I have no summer clothes.”
Once I’ve gone through everything, I hang up the items that survived the foregoing test. And my closet looks rah-ther empty. Luckily, stores at this time of year are loaded with fun and trendy options like the ones shown here. And they’re affordable enough that, if I wear them all summer long and then, lo and behold, they end up in one of the Goodwill bags next year, I feel okay about it.
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My solution re summer clothes- have gone on Caribbean Cruise past couple of years in January so my summer clothes are enjoyed then, and never completely packed away.
I guess men are luckier in terms of clothing. We can get away with wearing almost the same items all year round, which is almost impossible for women.
I know what you mean; my wife also complains about the same thing.
Been there…That’s when I usually go on a maxi shopping spree. Haha!
Gabrielle, I live right near the St. Vinny’s on Willy Street, so sometimes my weekly visit is just a quick pass-through on my way to somewhere else. My favorite purchase was a midcentury Lane end table. Gorgeous! Thanks for stopping by the blog.
Gabrielle @ LookSharpSconnie
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I chuckled aloud at this – because I literally do the exact same thing. Except where you clean house, I whip out a second Rubbermaid container and proceed to indulge my inexcusable hording tendencies for yet another season.
Which Rethreads do you go to? I heard the one not on state street is better than the one on it – but I’ve yet to get there.
And Vinny’s once a week?! Crazy! What do you buy? What’s your best purchase ever?
Thanks for the comment and for directing me here!
Umm, are we twins separated at birth?! I do the exact same thing. (Also insert “spring” in that sentence.) What is it about summer clothes — they get crummy looking so fast.
My only salvation for summer dressing has been to co-opt bathing suit coverups as street clothes. Works most of the time if you are in a creative field. But when I recently had a meeting at a downtown office I had to go on a serious shopping safari to hunt down a real skirt, top and close-toed shoes.
Oh yeah. Amen to that
Alyssa from Wheat Grass Juicer
I guess the problem is the trendy part. I go for items that never goes out of fashion, so I can be sure that I have something to wear the next summer.
Haha, I loved this story. I never pack away my summer clothes. I wouldn’t say I really have seasonal clothes. Obviously there are some pieces that just cannot be worn all year, but I like to layer a lot so I end up rewearing a ton of stuff all year, so I never really end up with the no summer clothes problem. Although I do get bored of my clothes, so hence the “i have no clothes” problem.
Ha ha. I do the same thing!
Love your header btw.
megan, the frugalista diaries
ah, i know that feeling!
I liked that hat. That’s really gorgeous. And also affordable.
Thanks, Kerri. I know a good photographer and that makes all the difference 😉
So true! Great ideas. I start saying this every spring when we have one unexpected warm day and I am unprepared. I only disagree here: I think you ARE getting younger. Or you live in a time machine and keep coming to the future. I swear you look as young and unwrinkled as the day I met your 18 year old self.