Wednesday, December 28, 2011

A few more thoughts

I have loved getting dressed every day since I finished my project! I have a catalog of all of my clothes in my head now so it's easier to think about what I like and what I think looks good on me.  I have never thought of myself as a fashionable person, but I do care about what I wear and would like to become more fashionable. In the past year or so, I've been filling out my wardrobe and incorporating new pieces, and this blog was the perfect way for me to see what works and what doesn't, as well as what is missing from my wardrobe. 

Everyone's wardrobe is a work in progress, but here are a few things that I have learned from working on this project:
One of the most important elements of an outfit is the fit! You could have the prettiest dress, but if it's too big or too small, it won't be a good look, regardless of how you style it.
I no longer need to steer away from trends. In the past, I would ignore them because I didn't want to spend the money on something that might not last, but I've learned that If I actually like them, I shouldn't stop myself from picking them up at an affordable price. Leggings, skinny jeans, riding boots--they're been around for a while now, and it takes years for them to go from a Do to a Don't.

Shoes, accessories, and coats should not be an afterthought! They can make or break an outfit. 

I wore my wedding dress twice this year, but this may not have been the best idea because now there is a purple mark on it.  Perhaps from when the foosball controller poked me at Gill's Halloween party?

And a visual representation of my biggest take-away, which is that skirts are always more exciting than pants:

I am very excited about some pieces I received for Christmas and from the outlets in Rehoboth, Delaware the day after Christmas. The Banana Republic outlet was having an incredible sale when I was there! I'll try to share some of those looks with you, but I am still not sure how I'll be at braving the weather for outdoor outfit shots in the winter. I'm also getting nice and comfortable with my routine of leaving the house after Dave in the morning, leaving me without a photographer.

Happy New Year, and thanks for keeping me company in 2011!!

Friday, December 9, 2011

For the Lazy Lady in All of Us

Hopefully you don't remember the wrinkles on the gray dress that I wore back in September.  It wasn't the wrinkliest outfit I've ever seen, but it wasn't exactly a proud moment.  Take a look at what the dress looked like in the beginning:

Enter Downy Wrinkle Releaser spray.  The good folks at Downy sent me a bottle (along with another spray to use the next time I iron...which might be never), and I immediately knew which dress I would use to test the spray.  With a few spritzes, I let the dress hang overnight. I never took the iron out of the closet, because as you should remember, I only like to iron when I'm on business trips.  When I woke up and put the dress on, I found that it was significantly less wrinkled.  I like this experiment a lot better than the one I did in fifth grade that involved carnations and glycerin; this one has a practical implication and I am thrilled to see that with a few sprays, I can turn ridiculous into presentable.  My science teacher mom should be proud.