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 22nd OOTD: It’s Monday Again


Today was a pretty slow day work wise. I was glad because I stayed up until 3am finishing my twists. I hope these last for awhile. It’s going to be nice not having to do my hair everyday. Today I decided to be comfortable and feminine. I went with this gathered black top from New York & Company and this tie-dye skirt from the thrift store. It was made by a company called Alberto Makali. I finished it off with some flat black shoes but I didn’t bother putting them on for these shots. I guess you’ll have to use your imagination.

Have courage,
Elle

My Friend Elle's OOTD June 22nd.

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5.28.15 OOTD: Flower Power


Today I wore two floral items, both of which are thrift store items. To create a visual break between patterns I added a leather belt from my New York & Company jacket. I topped it off with my DSW wedges. I had a good day at work. I think I impressed my boss with how fast I was getting things done today. While I still have a day job, I’m just going to do my best and get as much knowledge and experience as I can. Let me know what you think of my OOTD. My watch is from Guess by the way. My husband bought it for me when he got a raise at work. He’s got a coordinating rose gold watch as well.

Have courage!
Elle

P.S. If you are a fashion blogger or photo blogger, feel free to share a link to your site so I can check it out! Maybe we can collab in the future!

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5.6.15 OOTD: Last Night by Myself


Brandon comes back home tomorrow night! I’ve enjoyed these couple of days on my own but I will be really glad to see him. My work day was pretty dull but the time went by at a pretty good pace. After work, I went across the street for pizza with a friend. Here is what I wore today. The skirt is from the Salvation Army. My sweater is from New York & Company. Let me know what you think. I changed up my hair today, got a lot of compliments from co-workers.

Have courage,
Elle

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4.10.15 Today’s Outfit (Weekly Wardrobe Capsule)


Cheers, it’s Friday! Today I felt like dressing up again, so I put on a dress that I found at the Goodwill. This dress was a size 10 until I tried my hand at making it fit with my sewing machine. I’m very happy with the result. You’ll see more of the dress later this week. Dresses are an outfit in one piece but I wanted to keep layering so I added the brown leather jacket by New York & Company, given to me by my Mom-in-law last year. Then I grabbed a pair of earrings that my Mom made for me and a pair of sandal wedges from DSW and bam, outfit completed. This is the first time I’ve paired leather with a cotton dress but I like the results. I think the pattern makes a great contrast with the brown and the golden buttons on my jacket. What do you think?

Have courage,
Elle

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