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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June 25th 2015 OOTD: Green is on the Menu


Today my work day began with a stressful email from a client. I didn’t let that bother me. Instead I focused on the things I could do well while listening to music and brainstorming ideas for the future. I have began to reach out to other bloggers in the area in order to start collaborating soon! I’m so excited. Aside form new content, I hope to make some good connections and a few friends too. Any ways, I pulled out my green blazer from Love Culture and my 7 skinny jeans from Macy’s. I took a note form yesterday’s OOTD and decided to take a mini summer dress that I found at the thrift store and wear it like a top instead. I wanted to show off some curves so I belted the blazer with a skinny belt from Forever 21. Let me know what you think!

Have courage,
Elle

My Friend Elle's OOTD on June 25th 2015

5.12.15 OOTD: Denim and Denim


So I diverted from the capsule this week but I had a good reason. I went thrift shopping and couldn’t wait to start wearing my new threads. Hence, today I wore this denim Old Navy top along with the Seven jeans and Coach shoes. I forgot to wear ear rings so I put on some red lipstick and the peach colored belt from Forever 21. I think it worked out pretty well. What do you think?

Have courage,
Elle

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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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Weekly Capsule: May 5 – 12


It’s been a few weeks since the last time I did a capsule so I’m jumping back on it this week. I’ve been doing lots of work on getting my business and YouTube channel up and running. I’ve been feeling really productive and excited about it all. I’m really doing this and I truly believe that it’s going to succeed. Ok, back to the capsule. I picked out this week’s items based on patterns and textures instead of colors. I just grabbed the things I love most: lace and bold patterns. Let me know what you guys think about this round of picks.

Have courage,
Elle

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4.8.15 Today’s Outfit (Weekly Wardrobe Capsule)


Today I wore a grey shirt that I refashioned with a pair of skinny 7 jeans from Macy’s and my new DSW boots. My co-workers seemed to really like my shirt. It was all grey but I added strips of fabric from a cardigan I found at the thrift store. It’s always pretty cool at my job so I layered the shirt on top of a camisole. Let me know what you all think!

Have courage,
Elle

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