Resisting Retail: My Wardrobe Photo Library


If you’ve been reading my blog, you know that I’m on this Resisting Retail Challenge where I’m not buying clothes for a year. As promised, I have photographed every item in my closet that I plan on wearing for the next 365 days (this doesn’t include fitness items, sleepwear or undies). I was nervous about starting this challenge because I really enjoy thrift shopping. As I lined up all of my clothes and labeled them, I quickly discovered that I had a lot of choices.

Here are the stats:

55 Tops
13 Pants
7 Jackets & Blazers
4 Pairs of Shorts
31 Skirts Dresses

It just goes to show you that I’m pretty much equipped not to shop for a while. If you think of it with a worldly perspective, the amount of clothes I have is really excessive in comparison to someone who only has one outfit that they wear out of the house and one to wear at home. I’m truly blessed, right where I am, to have so many options. It’s not about warmth or coverage, I’ve dipped into the style and self expression pool. I’m thankful and grateful but it’s time to stop shopping and start styling with what I have available. So without further ado, here are my clothes. If you want to participate in the challenge, feel free to pick out an outfit and leave your thoughts in a comment. I’ll wear the items you chose and post them on my blog. Click on a set of items for a closer look. Have courage.

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August 17th OOTD: Stripes and Floral


My husband loves when I wear the color pink. He also loves anything skirts and dresses so I decided to combine both of those for my OOTD on Monday. It may sound cheesy, but I like to think that when he looks at me, he likes what he sees. I also strive to wear things that make me feel positively about myself and this was definitely a winner on both sides. It kind of reminds me of the 90s mixed with today’s style. A lovely librarian, a substitute teacher that all the kids like. These are the kinds of images and feelings that I got when I wore this. What do you think of?

The top is from Banana Republic divided at the waist by my brown Old Navy Belt. I got this vintage skirt from a thrift store and my earrings from Charming Charlie. The necklace costed $1 from a costume jewelry shop at the mall.

Have courage,
Elle

My Friend Elle's pink stripes and floral skirt OOTD

June 23rd OOTD: Feeling Spiffy


Today I wanted to wear something that made me feel powerful and professional so I opted for this look. It’s a blue button down from Banana Republic, coupled with these grey plaid slacks and my DSW wedges. I wore my glasses but didn’t wear them here because the light kept causing a glare. It was a no make up kind of day. I can tell my confidence is building because I have started to edit my images less over time. Maybe I’ve been doing a better job of taking care of myself. I used to avoid wearing this shirt because I felt like it was a little too close fitting. Now it fits perfectly as if it were tailored. Hooray for progress!

Have courage,
Elle

My Friend Elle June 23rd OOTD

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5.8.15 OOTD Casual Threads for Friday


TGIF. I wanted to be comfortable today so I opted for the studded black Calvin Klein jeans from Macy’s. This top was given to me by a friend and the cardigan (which isn’t in my capsule this week) is from the Salvation Army (an American Eagle product). The Coach hightops were given to me by my Mom when I was in college. That’s that, let’s start the weekend!

Have courage,
Elle

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5.7.15 OOTD – Hubby Drops By


I was really excited today. Brandon returned from his business trip. We watched tv and I made us some smoothies and salads. Tomorrow he is hitting the road again to surprise his parents for Mother’s day. I’m glad he’ll be able to visit them but I will miss him… again, lol. Any who, here’s my OOTD. I went out on the balcony since the weather was nice. My ear rings are from Charming Charlie (clearance aisle). My husband bought the shirt from Banana Republic for me two years ago. The shorts were bought from a thrift store. Feel free to comment!

Have courage,
Elle

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