top: gift from my mom ages ago
belt: from a hand-me-down dress
jeans: abercrombie (altered)
nail polish: hard as nails, “mint sorbet”
Over the weekend, I did my semi-annual closet swap — all the winter clothes out, all the summer clothes in. This has always been my favorite thing to do (I’ve done it since I was probably ten) because it’s like getting a whole new set of clothes twice a year. All those summer clothes I haven’t seen in months are suddenly filling my closet and making me happy, and all those thick sweaters and scarves aren’t taking up room and making me frustrated with my closet. Happiness all around.
Along with the closet swap, I did some reorganizing. When we got married, Philip requested that our closet be organized by color. We’ve kept it that way for five years, all the hanging clothes mixed together in rainbow order. After years of losing many of my shirts between his larger shirts, and dealing with his longer sleeves hanging over into my drawers below, I split our clothes up — mine on the left, his on the right. I also grouped my cardigans, my blazers, my fancy tops, and then the rest of my shirts (still organized by color in their individual groupings). Why I didn’t do this years ago, I don’t know. But being able to see all my shirts at once and knowing exactly what I have, is bliss. Pure bliss.
In fact, that’s how I came across this floral empire waist top, which I haven’t seen in quite a while. It was good to see it again after all those months.
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A few weeks ago, I posted about elevating an outfit. Here are my second and third personal tips, as it relates to this outfit.
Tip #2: Add a belt
- the variety of belts out there is limitless, as are the ways you can tie them. I love the definition they add to a silhouette, and, you know…elevate a simple outfit.
Tip #3: Add heels
- It doesn’t matter what you’re wearing (maybe with the exception of sweats and an XXL tshirt), putting on a pair of heels makes you feel great. Whenever we go out to a nicer dinner, or to an event, I wear heels. It just makes me stand taller, feel prettier, and it helps dress up my outfit a bit. For this outfit, a simple pair of wedges does the trick while keeping it from being too dressy.