Two years ago I had a lot of dresses in my closet. I preferred skirts and dresses for work mostly because I find pants are difficult for me to find. I’m six feet tall and wear a 12 or 14. I need a 34 – 36 inch inseam in jeans and dress pants. A size 14 off the rack fits my former rower thighs, is baggy at the waist and two to three inches too short in the legs. I know the recommendation is to buy big and then get items tailored.
The things is, if you’re going to spend the $ on tailoring you need to a) buy items of good quality and b) be a consistent size. My weight can fluctuate 5-8 pounds over a few months depending on if it is the holidays, I’m finding the time to run or doing too much baking. In the past, I’ve found that a well tailored pair of pants are not forgiving for weight fluctuations. Skirts and dresses, however, are very forgiving (I wore a lot of my regular wardrobe till the last few months of my pregnancy with the help of a belly band).
Now that my office days are on hold, I’m down to one dress but there are at least four more available to me to borrow. It can really pay to have a twin sometimes. And, maybe I will be corrected on this, there are no rules about borrowing in Project 333.
Rachel’s dresses, accessories, etc
- Brocade Little Black Dress: I’m still a touch tentative about wearing this dress with my post baby body. Dark tights and heels help.
- Pleat Tank: this has been my ‘going out’ top for a few years now. Another forgiving top that I wore while pregnant by cinching the belt above my belly.
- Tea Jacket: this was an Anthropology purchase a few years back. I wore it a lot initially, it was great for dressing up jeans at work, but it doesn’t seem to have a place in my current lifestyle. Should I donate or consign?
- Jewelery: I’ve never been into accessorizes. It’s intimidating. I have a few pieces of jewelery that I wear a lot. I’m counting the stacking rings as one piece so that’s three pieces total.
- Hat: striped toque/winter hat that I have had for a long, long time.
Henry’s fancy clothes and a hat
- Button Down: just the one. Usually worn with the vest below.
- Sweater Vest: I hope this fits next winter. Love it. Another one from Grandma.
- Toque/Winter Hat: all of his jackets have hoods but I like a hat for extra warmth.
The finally tally for clothing: 26 items for me and 27 items for Henry.
Do we need anymore clothing? No. Do I want a few things? Yes.
Henry could use one more pair of jeans to stretch out laundry days. Still on the hunt for a pair of black flats for myself that are sturdy and come in a size 11+. I’ll revisit our lists in the spring.
If you wold like to view the complete spreadsheet of our clothes click here.
I’ve loved reading the comments on these Project 333 posts and hearing from those of you that have pared down as well. Shocked to read so many others are down to two or three pairs of jeans too. And delighted to hear about other parents keeping a small wardrobe for their kids. We need to set the standard and expectation early on that more stuff does not equal a better life. Start with their closets and the toys will follow.
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