Day #35 – Doting on Doilies

Day #35 – Doting on Doilies

Clothing Object: Maddy Lace zip-back shirt

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Rating: 6/10
I was actually seriously considering putting this shirt in the donation bin. I’ll be honest, I’m not a huge lace person. This shirt I got at Winners 3 summers ago and have maybe only worn once since. It’s a heavier soft lace which is what drew me to purchasing this top to begin with. I like the raw edges and longer sleeves, however it is a bit big on me fit-wise and can get warm when wearing in the sun and then cold if there’s a breeze. I layered a white bralette underneath and paired it with my VERY beloved medium-wash ripped jeggings from AE to balance the girly with a bit of edge. I was ecstatic about the warmer weather (which in Toronto means there’s no such thing as an intermediate season) and decided to break in my new Steve Madden sandals. I’m still not 100% sold on keeping the top but I do like how it looks here and I feel like there will come a point when my lace shirt will be missed. 

Verdict: Maybe… keep Keep


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UPDATE: The 3-way Challenge

When I find myself particularly conflicted about whether to keep or toss a clothing item, I challenge myself to match it in 3 different ways. It doesn’t have to be season appropriate, but all 3 have to be outfits I can see myself comfortably walking out of my home in. Since sheer lace is more summer appropriate I went with summer pairings with shorts and overalls. I will admit that I like these outfits and I’ll be keeping my lace shirt for another season of wear.

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Also, you may have noticed I am now sporting a finger “cast”. The event itself was summarized in my personal blog (link here) but you’ll be seeing it in the next few posts as it heals. Boo-erns.

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Day #32 – Zig Zag Blues

Day #32 – Zig Zag Blues

Clothing Object: UO Staring at Stars blue henley sweater
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Rating: 7/10
Many apologies involved in this post. Firstly for the ridiculously bad lighting that I’m too lazy to fix. Secondly for my very similar past 3 outfits because I’ve been too busy to come up with more creative outfit combinations. And lastly for the lateness of this post. This sweater is actually less of a sweater and more of a really thin shirt. I got it WAY back in first year university and wore it to the brink of death. As much as I’m trying to be better about letting go of overly worn clothing pieces, I just can’t bring myself to say goodbye. It drapes like a dream and is a thick but airy blend that makes it perfect for the summer. I find myself reaching for this shirt every time the weather dips into warmer temperatures and I know there’ll be a sharply felt emptiness if I let it go. It also happens to be one of the brightest coloured tops in my closet, which is few and far between. I went for an easy-going look going to work today (again) by layering a thin zig-zag top from H&M underneath and by wearing my trusty Roots career woman’s watch in black chrome.

Verdict: Keep 


Note: Yes, I realize Zig Zag Blue is a cigar company. I do not endorse said company but I like the ring of the name.

Day #31 – Tiger Cave Waterfall

Day #31 – Tiger Cave Waterfall

Clothing Object: UO Tiger print V-neck tee

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Rating: 3/10
A lazy day calls for a very lazy outfit. I went to my go-to ripped jeans, converses, cardigan, tee combo today in a graphic tee that I haven’t worn in YEARS. I can tell you I got it some time in 2008-2009 when UO first opened in Kingston. It’s super thin, so thin in fact that it’s see through in the light grey regions. Because of this it makes this t-shirt awkward when not tucked in (and a bit awkward when tucked in as well). I’m not a huge fan of the deep V, nor the thickness (or lack thereof) or awkward length of this shirt. Since I’m just hopping over to work today it’ll suffice for the project but I’ve already mentally said goodbye to this shirt the second I put it on this morning. Also the cardigan that I’m wearing is one that I can’t even date for purchase. I got it before I started working at GARAGE (2010-2012) and kept it only because it was simple enough to wear to work to meet the “all branded” criteria. It’s so old and too much like my more beloved cream waterfall cardigan from H&M that it’ll likely also end up in the donation bin but I’ll feature it again possibly in one final hurrah. Note: Tiger Cave Waterfall is a real place. Who knew?

Verdict: Donate

 


Update: Upon further thought I decided that I’ll be donating both the cardigan and the tee. I’ll still wear it to work though, one last time. 

Day #29 – Flower Power

Day #29 – Flower Power

Clothing Object: F21 Floral print tank top

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Rating: 6/10
I guess now that spring weather is just around the corner I’m in a floral print kind of mood. This is a tank top I believe I purchased last summer, but I could be wrong. It’s thin and loose-fit (cut very open at the sides), so again a great layering piece, but not so much on its own. Here I matched it with brown leather accents and my beloved new Coach court bag in British tan. I recently got my bag in the mail and couldn’t be more thrilled. It’s the perfect size to fit all my essentials (including my kobo) and the classic brown that I’ve been missing in my wardrobe all these years. I had been eyeing this bag for awhile so when the opportunity to get 25% off my purchase came along, I jumped at the sale. It’s just in time for warmer weather and light(er) travelling. Anyway since this post will go up at the end of the long weekend I hope y’all had a wonderful Easter holiday. I happily celebrated the good news of Jesus running back and forth between church and work. Hopefully when life and work starts to settle down I can relax and enjoy holidays again. What a novel idea. 

Verdict: Keep


Note: Most of my posts are pre-scheduled so date or time of events don’t necessarily match up with when the post was published. 

Day #28 – Blue Skies

Day #28 – Blue Skies

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Rating: 7/10
A comfy outfit for day 6 of my 10 day stretch of work. I got this tee 3 summers ago on an F21 online shopping spree. I remember this was the only clothing item I ended up keeping from my $100+ purchase (for free shipping) and everything else got sent back. It’s thin and oversized so I like to use it as a layering piece rather than as a stand-alone top. I’m thankful this project has forced me to stop reaching for my safe, usual layering options and has brought back some of my old favourites. Here I paired it two ways. The first, for a laid back feel with my sister’s borrowed converses (yay for tiny same-sized feet) and the second, for a slightly more dressed up feel with my COACH bag and wishbone booties. In the end I opted for comfort and went to work in the converses though. Hospital uniforms ftw.

Verdict: Keep


Note: Most of my posts are pre-scheduled so date or time of events don’t necessarily match up with when the post was published. 

Day #27 – Crochet in Colour

Day #27 – Crochet in Colour

Clothing Object: GARAGE Crochet burgandy cardigan

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Rating: 5/10
Sorry guys. You know I’m starting to get lazy when instead of my usual “clothing on bed” picture, you get a selfie. This cardigan is another item left of my GARAGE days (2010-2012) which is precisely the last time I remember wearing it. I love the colour and the crochet is interesting however the sleeves are awkwardly cropped/batwing/loose/tight. I don’t know if this seemingly opposite styling was due to poor craftsmanship or poor design,but either way it’s going into the donation bin to hopefully be loved by someone who appreciates its “unique” qualities. I will admit that it’s just the sort of cardigan you would find at coachella (which is probably the target audience GARAGE was aiming for) but since I’m not much of a music festival type of gal, it has no purpose for me. In spirit of my project I wore it for the last time with a simple black outift and brown accents from Le Chateau and GARAGE.

Verdict: Donate


Note: Most of my posts are pre-scheduled so date or time of events don’t necessarily match up with when the post was published. 

Day #26 – From Trash to Treasure

Day #26 – From Trash to Treasure

Clothing Object: H&M Dotted tie-front top

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Rating: 9/10
I cheated. This is in fact a blouse I took out of my sister’s to-be-donated pile the other day. It’s a size too big for me (usually I’m a size 2 in H&M and this is a size 4) but I love the loose easy fit and the classic navy and white polka dot pattern which makes it perfect for layering under cardigans. I’m a sucker for polka dots and have already featured one of my favourite navy polka dot dresses in a previous post. Since this was originally my sister’s purchase I can’t tell you how old it is or how often it was worn. However, I’m already in love and am looking forward to wearing it now that the weather is getting warmer (sort of). Here I paired it with my H&M draped cardigan and brown accents from GARAGE and Spring. 

Verdict: Reclaimed  


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