These unseasonably warm temperatures have had me going through my spring/summer clothes much sooner than I expected. Here’s what I’m doing.
I got (mostly) caught up on laundry to asses what we have in its entirety. I sorted out items they’ve outgrown, never wore, were stained beyond repair or were getting too worn. Johnny had a pair of pants that were worn by a bunch of little boys and the fabric was finally starting to wear thin. Time to toss ’em.
I saved the wintery clothes that were still in good condition, for some other little kid (be it mine or a friend’s baby, or selling ’em off in a yard sale some day).
Since it’s still only March, it’s entirely possible we’ll have another cold snap. I kept out a few long-sleeved items and some sweatshirts just in case.
I sorted through the hand-me-downs in the next sizes up and pulled out pieces that are mix-and-matchable or otherwise can make a complete outfit. I had some bottoms for Vivienne that were really cute, but I had absolutely no tops to pair with them. Not gunna work.
For her, I need a swimsuit. I think I’ll go with a two-piece item since that’ll probably fit her longer than a one-piece. I’d like a diaper-cover bottom and a rashguard-type shirt to keep her skin more protected. That’s all I’m going to need for her at this point in the season. Woo!
For Johnny, he’ll also need swim trunks and a rashguard shirt. He has an intense dislike/fear of being in water, so I really won’t want to spend much money on it, in case he doesn’t actually swim or splash this year.
He has plenty of shorts but will need a few more t-shirts in the next sizes up, and also a few items for church.
I’m still checking out area consignment and thrift stores for them, and if I can’t find what I’m seeking there, I’ll go to Kohl’s or Target or something, as well as keeping my eyes out for a good neighborhood yard sale.
Side note:I am really missing St. Vincent de Paul’s in Castle Shannon, PA, and The Has Bin on Rt. 88 for cheap, quality second-hand clothes. :/
When it comes to clothes shopping for Shane, he has it so easy. He wears button-down shirts and polos to work, along with khakis or dress pants. On weekends, he’ll wear a polo or t-shirt with jeans. Such an easy formula. All we have to do is cull the fading/worn out items and replace them with colors and patterns he likes.
I spotted a good sale on Kohls.com yesterday (it’s now over). Dress shirts were marked down, and there was a 20% coupon code, free shipping, plus 6% cash back from Ebates. Win! I spent 5 minutes choosing shirts and ordered them. If they don’t work, no trouble — I’ll just return them.
He needs 1-2 pair shorts (a jean and a khaki) and he’ll be good for the season.
Oh, ugh. I’ve been sorting my closet by items I like and sorta like, but don’t wear very often. If a “sorta like” item hasn’t been worn recently, I’m sending it on its merry way to a thrift store. Why keep it around?
I’m back to pre-baby weight and I’m going to need some more bottoms and tops. I really try to do a mix-and-match wardrobe, though I’m still learning how to do this more effectively.
I’ve enjoyed this series on building a remixable wardrobe at Putting Me Together. Choosing versatile pieces really does make a difference!
I still need to make an actual list of what I’ll need to round out my spring and summer closet.
I’m taking a break from online clothes purchases for myself. It seems like I really need to just try things on. So, in the next few days (hopefully) I’ll make a list of what I want for myself and hit the stores.
How ’bout you? What’s your method of getting ready for the changing season?