Making Your Wardrobe Work
Posted by Gail | Filed under Thinking Out Loud
People spend gobs and gobs of money on clothes and all the accessories that go with. I’ve never been a clothes-horse. When I first started making Til Debt, I used to show up in fleece and a fanny pack. After years of “being dressed” I now carry a handbag and all my fleece is gone. That’s not to say I got all fancy. No siree.
Part of the problem is that I am a terrible slob. If I eat anything, it lands on that shelf just below my chin, leaving behind a stain that just will not come out. I never seem to notice until someone points to the spot and then flips my nose! I’ve learned to cope. I’ve also gotten smart about how I use my clothes.
I have a drawer of stuff that I can cook, clean and hang around the house in. I shouldn’t be seen dead in these clothes, but sometimes being a little vacant (and not really caring) I end up in the supermarket in them. A prouder person would be embarrassed to be caught in their “house clothes.” For me, it’s just par for the course.
One side of my closet is devoted to my regular clothes. I’m not really into clothes, but I do have tops, pants and a couple of dresses I look less than beggarly in. When I forget to change out of these clothes and they get all messed up, they go into the drawer.
Then there are my “TV clothes”. I do a lot of TV appearances, book promos and the like, and I occasionally speak in public. These are the clothes I wear. You might consider this your going out to dinner or going to church clothes. I wear these until they’re no longer appropriate for “special occasions” and then they move to my regular wardrobe.
The other night I was out with The Girls for dinner. My girlfriend, Boo, said, “Nice top, new?” I showed her the spot on the arm where the threads had pulled.
“Old TV clothes” I said.
Sometimes I have to make myself throw old clothes away. Or I have to take the scissors to them and turn them into scraps because I really feel comfortable in them and just don’t want to give them up. I have a pair of TV pants that I just love but that have stretched out to the point where I have to keep hauling them up. Not very sophisticated. I’m going to have to brace myself and either get out my sewing machine to take them in (at which point I can still wear them as house clothes) or cut them into a million pieces for use as rags.
Do you have a big wardrobe or a small one? How do you make your wardrobe work?