Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Purging, Starting Fresh, and Jude Law

I found this on Pinterest. I have no original source.
I know I know... bad Branflake.


I have a lot of clothes. Three closets full of clothes to be exact. Despite this, I have a goal to only have two suitcases for my clothes when I move to Virginia. I know. I'm cray cray. But I also want a wardrobe overhaul and I don't want to be weighed down by needless baggage full of old clothes I don't wear anymore.

As my good friend, Caitlin, pointed out, this move across country gives me an opportunity to have a do-over, start anew, and dress how I want to dress. I love that thought because I feel like I have things just to have them and I can't wait to live well but with less.

Therefore, the clothes I'm taking with me must fit this criteria:
~It has to make me smile instantly when I try it on.
~It must be something I would wear on vacation where lots of pictures would be taken.
~If I ever happen to run into Jude Law, I'd be happy I was wearing it.

I want to be kidding about the last bit, but when I saw Jude Law in Scotland, I got really self-conscious when I realized how unstylish I was compared to the other fab British ladies in Edinburgh (because, you  know, Jude Law cares so much about what I wear). I know it sounds silly, but if it's not good enough for a random celebrity sighting, then why have it?

Basically, this is just me trying to live on less, but to the extreme. Watch out, Goodwill... you're getting a fattie drop off in the next few days!


Have you ever done a wardrobe overhaul?
Any advice for me or others wanting to do the same?



28 comments:

  1. good criteria, Branflake. I would say that I have a major clear out every time I move,yet I could still be more ruthless!

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  2. I'm always doing this, I don't like to own too much stuff, my worst nightmare would be a wardrobe/room overflowing with clothes. Everything is taken out and judged every season, keep it lean and fabulous!

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  3. I used to live by the rule if I haven't worn it in six months, it goes to Goodwill. I like your rules, too. If I wouldn't want my picture taken wearing that outfit, it should also go.

    Good for you!

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  4. i recently moved onto a sailing yacht with my husband as he sails around the world...the only luggage i was allowed to take was as much as you would take as carry-on luggage on an airplane. its hard....i still manage to have more shoes than everyone else on the boat put together!

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  5. You are too funny. I do clear out my closet regularly, but could use an overhaul. I like your criteria for the keepers. Perhaps, I should ask my self those very questions each day as I get dressed. Yes, I too would want to look my best for Jude Law. xo

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  6. I do a wardrobe overhaul 4 times per year {I just did one this past Saturday}. Each time I sort through everything I own and determine what needs to be donated {i.e. I will likely never wear again}, what is allowed to survive in my closet until my next wardrobe overhaul {i.e. what I may wear}, and what I would never part with.

    At the time of my next wardrobe overhaul, if I have not yet worn the 'survival' pieces from the previous overhaul, they are donated.

    Weird system, but it totally works! :D

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  7. Ha, a move is the perfect time for a wardrobe clean-out. The funny thing is, since I moved to Berlin I've been so busy that dressing has become automatic: skinnies, sweater, boots, coat - ready to run! I'm really looking forward to seeing what your wardrobe essentials will be.

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  8. The ONLY reason I like moving is because I get the chance to get rid of stuff I don't need. If it's not good enough for me to want to pack it then I'm obviously don't need it!

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  9. Because I regularly buy clothes I never wear I have to purge a lot. I had to sit myself down recently and work out 'my style' so that my wardrobe is only filled with things which actually suit me (not things that I want to suit me). I'm a classic rock chick and even when i'm inching further and further into my 30s, I have to stick with this :)

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  10. just a random suggestion - the Pioneer Woman does this sometimes with new/hardly worn clothes - you could do giveaways or even a silent auction for a charity or something. :o) Really, I just want a peak inside of your closet and am sure I would love several of your clothes that you'd give away. makes me wish I lived close.

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  11. i ATTEMPT this ALL the time - i too have WAY WAY WAY too many clothes/shoes/jewelry/socks/ - u name it - i have TOO much of it - BUT here's my problem - i've done these HUGE hauls where i bring stuff to goodwill - but then 2 years go by and all of a sudden i remember a random piece, i search high and low, then remember i donated it - then i cry and i cry and i cry -- so i am ALLLLL for the purge but just be prepared of possible non-stop crying episodes sometime down the road *wink*

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  12. I love that last one! Maybe I also need to weed through my closet and get rid of the stuff that makes me feel less than fab. You know, in case I ever run into Gerard Butler :D

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  13. This a fantastic idea. It is so easy to hold onto clothes we don't need. The excuse "I'll wear it around the house" should only save a few pieces, not an entire closets worth (I'm guilty!). Or the even worse, I'll fit into it again someday! The guilt inducing, destructive excuse that is...

    This area of VA/DC is not known for being stylish, exactly.. But I will tell you, it is very preppy (J. Crew, LL Bean) and there are a lot of beautiful people here (though the locals wouldn't agree).

    Excited to hear more about your move!! Do you know where in VA you'll be living? Arlington? Alexandria perhaps??? (Yay, Alexandria!)

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  14. I usually do an overhaul once a year and I donate clothes that I never wear, maybe it was a gift, and things that no longer make me smile. Don't forget to do an overhaul on your accessories and shoes!

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  15. When I moved to SF, it was with just two pieces of checked luggage. Sure, there are still gowns and furs at my parents' house that I can't bear to part with (I think it comes with being an opera singer, or at least that's what I tell myself), but purging my daily wardrobe in that way was so freeing!

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  16. J Crew Lexa dress in the sale - cheap cheap cheap!

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  17. Oh no it's the Lilabeth - with long sleeves.

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  18. @Lena- I want to see those dresses! Oh my!!!

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  19. @Martha Woods- Gerard? I would die. Scottish accents make me weak.

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  20. Moving is the perfect motivation to overhaul your closet. I do a bi-annual clean out but it's really out of necessity cause we live in a 1br apt. in NYC so space is a premium.

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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  21. I love your last criterion! I should remember that when I go shopping. Can't wait to hear more about your move from one coast to another. It's such an exciting - maybe even a little scary - adventure!

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  22. That's the great thing about moving... You get rid of so much crap!... You saw Jude law???? I have to go and get the Holiday right now!

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  23. Love that pinterest pic!

    My tip: Try to sell you stuff to a consignment shop! Girl, you got so great clothes people will want! And whatever they don't buy - donate. Worth your time - I promise! Especially the stuff you wish fit but doesn't - but is still darling.

    So sad you will be going so far- Bu't jazzed at your new adveture and SO HAPPY for Mr. Branflake!!!! Miss you both tons!!!!!

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  24. I like the way you think. I do need to do the same thing but I have a very hard time of letting go. I think I just might have to do this for New Years!! Out with the old and in with the new. Clothes that is =)

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  25. I love a good wardrobe overhaul. I donated a lot when I moved from Oklahoma to Texas but I think I could've gotten rid of more. In our house now I have 2 closets while my husband has one. It's embarrassing and I feel ridiculous to have so much! I definitely need another purge soon (but without replacing it)!

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  26. a good purge feels awesome! and it helps others!

    i give bags and bags of clothes and shoes each year to charity. it is shameful how much i buy, but at least i give a little, too.

    p.s. glad i am not the only one with three closets stuffed full of clothes! lol

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  27. When we moved in September, I got myself down to two (moderately large) suitcases for everything except my shoes. I felt so proud! And then I saw my husband's clothes packed up, and he had half as many. I'm sometimes very jealous of him for that. Men have it a little easier with clothes!

    So...good luck whittling down the clothing collection! And your last criterion is too funny!

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  28. I really love this idea. I definitely want to simplify before we leave and only bring what we really love. We will be having a giant garage sale this summer! Merry Christmas!!

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