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Wardrobe Refresh

The seasons are changing, and I don’t know about you, but I’m itching to get out and go shopping for some new clothes.  Posts from  (Ain’t No Mom Jeans, MODG, and Stylin Mommies) gave me the extra push I needed.  It’s time for some serious shopping, people.  A lot of my clothes just don’t fit the same now that I’ve had a baby.  It’s not that I’m too big for them, it’s just that things seem to be in different places now, so it’s probably time for those shirts I’ve had (I’m embarrassed to admit) since 2007 to go.  Anything I bought last season is maternity, so it’s probably time for me to do a wardrobe refresh.

This is great for anyone, but is especially great for moms, as we’re probably the most guilty of keeping things we shouldn’t, and hesitating to splurge a little on ourselves.  My first step is going to be to go through my closet and put aside anything that doesn’t fit me, flatter me, or that I haven’t worn in at least a year.  No matter how much I love something, it’s time to be brutally honest with myself about whether I really should keep it or not.

Even my shoes will be under scrutiny.  These days, I’m busy hauling around a baby, so I’m no longer willing to sacrifice comfort for style.  My collection of heels seems a little excessive considering I don’t really wear them anymore.  Does this mean I’m going all frumpy and only wearing Crocs?  No.  All it means is that a lot of my stilettos will probably be moving out in favor of more practical flats, but I’ll still keep a couple of basics for dressing up, summer wedges and some booties for fall/winter.

The next step is to figure out what kind of look you’re going for.  I recommend doing what Ain’t No Mom Jeans recommends and start your style board.  They recommend pulling pictures from magazines, but I found it was easiest to do my board on Pinterest.  Figure out the types of things you’re drawn to and the types of pieces you’d have in your ideal wardrobe.  Then, SHOP.

My plan is to pick an afternoon and leave L with JD so I can shop by myself, uninterrupted.  I like shopping with friends, but if I’m going to be doing Serious Shopping (not just leisurely shopping for a few pieces), I’d actually rather just go it alone.  If you find yourself without much time/energy to shop in stores, I’ve been loving Nordstrom for their free shipping and hassle free returns.  I’m able to order a bunch of stuff, try stuff on, and return what I don’t like or what doesn’t fit using the pre-paid, pre-printed return label.

Happy shopping! (And don’t be afraid to spend a little time and money on yourself)

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