Continuing to 'let go' of clothes
Church rummage sale is coming up and I determined to let go of more stuff--some books, DVD's, odds & ends and clothes. So far so good.
It continues to amaze me how hard it is to let go of some clothes. Can you believe it--had some vests from my vest-wearing days. Just could not let go. I recall trying them on a year or so ago to try to pry myself loose and for some reason I convinced myself that they were still wear-able. I still see myself as a vest-person, and I wear fleece vests in winter. Kept thinking, why try on again, I know I still like them, I just need to make a decision. Wrong-o. I tried them on, and they just don't LOOK right now. Funny--didn't see it that way last year. I'm not really a different weight now or anything like that--I think it is the "passage of time" in the fashion world, both the vest and the skirts or pants that I now have, so they just don't work, or I got it through my hard head, or something. So just by doing that, I was able to toss them in the box. I can see that if I ever want to do something remotely like them, I will need a DIFFERENT vest, and will need to try on current combinations, and my old ones won't work. So I am trying that same approach with some other stuff to see if I can make the lightbulb come on again.
I have trouble with some things I think still look good, but I just do not wear. That is the hardest, because you can see that it is wearable, you like what you see in the mirror, so what is wrong? Usually I can figure out that it is either a little bit too much trouble or a little more "out-fitty" and does not fit into my regular work "uniform", and I am not a trouble- or outfitty person, or at least, I really need only one or two outfits like that at any given time. It is especially hard to let go of something that is well-made.
I also have to remind myself that I still enjoy buying some new clothes and have actually had some modest success with updating my wardrobe into the 21st century finally, so I can see that for the foreseeable future I will have more fun with judicious shopping than with pulling out a 10-year old outfit.