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Re: Spin Off: Creating a minimalist/capsule wardrobe
« Reply #400 on: August 13, 2015, 09:43:31 AM »
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I'm also working on a 'capsule' makeup bag (is that a thing?) I guess I'm just paring down but looking for products that can do more than one thing. A forthcoming trip has a strict luggage allowance so I'm minimising my toiletries as much as possible as well.

Oh I think it is for sure a think to have capsule or minimalist make-up. Along w/ donating clothing I got rid of a ton of make-up. I really only like about 2 of my lipsticks, and I hate gloss - but had a ton. So into the garbage it went, along w/ various eye shadow pallets, etc. I dumped all my face potions into one big tub and mixed them together. I really wear the same basic make-up every day and, like my wardrobe, the "collection" was out of control.

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« Reply #401 on: August 13, 2015, 09:48:08 AM »
Today's uniform - again right w/ the exact uniform plan:


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« Reply #402 on: August 13, 2015, 09:51:14 AM »
another great color for you!

it's funny, i have dark hair and eyes, and yet my best colors seem to be very similar to your best colors ...

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« Reply #403 on: August 13, 2015, 07:16:54 PM »
another great color for you!

it's funny, i have dark hair and eyes, and yet my best colors seem to be very similar to your best colors ...

My coworker who looks good in the same colors as me has very very dark skin. Funny how flattering colors work out - I think it has more to do w/ undertones than how light or dark your skin or hair might be. I am very "yellow" in my undertones.

(One of the reasons I found that 'seasons' color website weird was that it only asked what hair color I have and then showed me like 50 colors that I supposedly look good in. That doesn't seem reliable and many of the colors are not the best on me.)

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« Reply #404 on: August 14, 2015, 02:22:20 AM »
another great color for you!

it's funny, i have dark hair and eyes, and yet my best colors seem to be very similar to your best colors ...

My coworker who looks good in the same colors as me has very very dark skin. Funny how flattering colors work out - I think it has more to do w/ undertones than how light or dark your skin or hair might be. I am very "yellow" in my undertones.

(One of the reasons I found that 'seasons' color website weird was that it only asked what hair color I have and then showed me like 50 colors that I supposedly look good in. That doesn't seem reliable and many of the colors are not the best on me.)

I agree - I'm a winter and have very pink undertones. Hair colour seems kind of irrelevant to me too.

I can so relate to the makeup collections getting out of control - I try something, don't really like it, but regret the money spent and hate throwing it away. No more. I am going to be very deliberate about trying out new colours before buying (that's what the testers are for, right?).

Although last time I tried that I felt so guilty about the time and effort the salesgirl spent on me I bought a foundation that really didn't work for me, ugh. Need to work on saying a heartfelt 'Thank you' and walking away to consider whether something really works.

I seem to be decluttering so much more than junk thanks to these threads!

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« Reply #405 on: August 14, 2015, 05:30:06 AM »
I remember when I was a teen reading one of those "teen" magazines.  There was an article on colors and determining if you had yellow undertones or blue undertones in your skin.  I remember being so very frustrated because neither of those seemed to fit!

It was years later when I discovered that it's because I have pink undertones, and that crappy article didn't even mention that as a possibility.

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« Reply #406 on: August 14, 2015, 06:28:50 AM »
I got color matched for foundation at Sephora - had it done a couple times w/ varying results. But the foundation that was best of my is super yellow.  I have sort of flushed areas and if they matched there it would say pink, but it didn't really match my skin. Finally one of the make-up artists used skin not only on my face, but also neck and chest - and perfect match. They basically figure out your tone (yellow or pink - and how much of each) and shade (how light or dark your skin is). So, for the first time I knew that I am yellow. :)
 
The color matching is free at Sephora and you shouldn't feel obligated to buy anything. (The clerks there do not get commission, so it really doesn't matter.) The hold a little scanner thing (made by Pantone - similar to waht Home Depot would use to match paint colors) to your skin in a few spots to get a reading. It takes just a couple minutes. Then you get a code that tells you  your skin color/tone/undertone/whatever.

Prior to this - I had no idea. I'd read those things that said look at the inside of your wrist and compare it to a piece of paper and you'll be able to see if your undertones are yellow or pink. Or look at the veins if you arm and if they look green then you have X undertone and if they look blue you have Y undertone. I could never tell.

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« Reply #407 on: August 14, 2015, 08:28:04 PM »
I got color matched for foundation at Sephora - had it done a couple times w/ varying results. But the foundation that was best of my is super yellow.  I have sort of flushed areas and if they matched there it would say pink, but it didn't really match my skin. Finally one of the make-up artists used skin not only on my face, but also neck and chest - and perfect match. They basically figure out your tone (yellow or pink - and how much of each) and shade (how light or dark your skin is). So, for the first time I knew that I am yellow. :)
 
The color matching is free at Sephora and you shouldn't feel obligated to buy anything. (The clerks there do not get commission, so it really doesn't matter.) The hold a little scanner thing (made by Pantone - similar to waht Home Depot would use to match paint colors) to your skin in a few spots to get a reading. It takes just a couple minutes. Then you get a code that tells you  your skin color/tone/undertone/whatever.

Prior to this - I had no idea. I'd read those things that said look at the inside of your wrist and compare it to a piece of paper and you'll be able to see if your undertones are yellow or pink. Or look at the veins if you arm and if they look green then you have X undertone and if they look blue you have Y undertone. I could never tell.
I did this too!  I was using a tinted moisturizer, but I decided to switch to something with more coverage.  My foundation is a perfect match.  I also tried out a few other foundations that matched my coloring, and the sales clerk wrote down my favorites.  I did buy a foundation, an eyeliner, and a primer. 

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Re: Spin Off: Creating a minimalist/capsule wardrobe
« Reply #408 on: August 15, 2015, 07:18:41 PM »
The color matching is free at Sephora and you shouldn't feel obligated to buy anything. (The clerks there do not get commission, so it really doesn't matter.) The hold a little scanner thing (made by Pantone - similar to waht Home Depot would use to match paint colors) to your skin in a few spots to get a reading. It takes just a couple minutes. Then you get a code that tells you  your skin color/tone/undertone/whatever.
Now this sounds cool. I will remember this for next summer when I buy some foundation for my sister's wedding.



I thought I'd give a little update on what's in my summer capsule and how it's been working out for me over the past 3? or so weeks that I've been wearing it. Oh and I made about $176 selling some stuff on Poshmark. Sweet! I'm still waiting to find out what I made on ThredUp.

Tops (13): white v-neck, gray v-neck, light blue v-neck, light blue crochet sleeve tee, peach lace sleeve top, light pink tuxedo tank, light denim sleeveless button up*, dark pink scoop tank, flowy light gray tank*, white racerback, white tank*, black tank*, blue tank
Bottoms (7): white denim cuttoffs, tan shorts, dark gray shorts, denim roll-up shorts, black maxi skirt, cropped denim jeans, skinny jeans
Dresses (3): navy cotton dress, coral tank dress, coral lace dress
Jackets (1): light gray crop swing jacket
Shoes (4): 2 pairs of flip flops, black sandals, light gray sneakers*
* indicate items that I bought new

I'm loving wearing things that I like, that fit me well, and that have flattering colors. It makes getting dressed easier because I have a small amount of choices, but still enough variety in tops that I can mix it up (and let's be honest, a large enough number to make it if I don't get laundry done after 1 week). I am also happy with having bought only 5 new items, which will transition into my fall capsule. I'm enjoying how some of my pieces can be put together to give me a more put together, dressed up casual outfit. My husband and a few friends have complimented me on them. I like that when I look in my closet I don't see a bunch of pants, long sleeves and sweaters which I cannot wear right now. I never realized how distracting those were before.

I have learned a few things that aren't working and are missing too. My black tank feels too hot in the sun and I don't want to wear it until the other shirts have been worn. I wish I had a pair of brown leather sandals because sometimes flip flops feel too casual and my black sandals look too dressy. I have yet to wear my skinny jeans all summer (before I started this capsule project even, yet I still added them in), but they may come in handy in late September as my summer capsule comes to and end. When I get cold, sometimes my gray jacket isn't enough with it's cropped sleeves and body. I'm tempted to dig out a fleece sweatshirt from storage, but I know those will be too hot and make me sweaty (which is why they got put away in the first place). I'm thinking next spring maybe I'll get a denim jacket, which I can use spring and summer when I get chilly. Finally, I have only worn my white shorts once. I'm finding sometimes I don't want to deal with the shortness or risking getting them dirty.

It's interesting to me what I've learned so far. I've been taking notes so that I know what to change next summer. The only downside is that I'm still tempted to shop online. I'm on a clothing shopping freeze until it's time to start my fall capsule (which I'll aim to fill my closet with clothes I own that are in the storage boxes first), but I find myself wanting to look anyway.

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« Reply #409 on: August 17, 2015, 07:08:06 AM »
karaishere, it's not quite the same, but last week I really wanted to buy some essential oils (I make my own skincare stuff). I did all my research, visited a ton of sites, picked what I wanted, priced it up, put it in the basket, worked out how to get a good deal on shipping etc.

I actually couldn't buy because there was no room in the budget (YNAB devotee here), but I actually found I got all the satisfaction from the 'shopping' rather than the buying.

So as long as you have the willpower not to buy, and only to look, I think it can be quite a fun way to spend an hour! Especially if you're just gathering data for something you will be buying when the seasons change.

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« Reply #410 on: August 19, 2015, 02:29:25 PM »
I have been wearing the same "capsule" to work since spring and, honestly, I am kind of bored and becoming impatient for the weather to cool off so that I can start wearing my fall clothes. 

Anyone else feeling the same?  How do you avoid boredom when following a capsule approach? Especially if your capsule is rather small, like project 333 (mine is not!)?



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« Reply #411 on: August 19, 2015, 08:39:01 PM »
I have been wearing the same "capsule" to work since spring and, honestly, I am kind of bored and becoming impatient for the weather to cool off so that I can start wearing my fall clothes. 

Anyone else feeling the same?  How do you avoid boredom when following a capsule approach? Especially if your capsule is rather small, like project 333 (mine is not!)?

My capsule is project 333 size, but I break the last 3 in the rules in that I switch it out more often than every 3 mos.   The weather changes here often enough, and I get bored enough that I change it out: (1) about right now-late Aug for the beginning of the academic year to still warm weather stuff, but stuff with more of a fall feel and maybe some booties and cardigans, (2) when it turns to pants weather, so around Oct, pulling out pants and lighter sweaters (3) in Jan for my serious cold weather stuff, (4) around April for spring stuff, including some skirts but still a few cardigans and pants, (5) around May I switch into my serious summer stuff, which includes shorts and tanks, and I keep this out until the Aug switch.

I find that I'd rather have fewer things that I switch out more often to keep me from getting bored and making sure I always have things the most appropriate for the weather.   

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« Reply #412 on: August 19, 2015, 08:52:40 PM »
I'm definitely not obsessing about my clothes. I like most of the pieces I have worn so far this summer and I feel comfortable in them, but I'm just feeling kind of "blah".  After you wear a piece that seemed special for 8 or 9 weeks in a row, it stops being special...



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« Reply #413 on: August 20, 2015, 04:25:54 AM »
Can you change up the accessories or outerwear like jackets to avoid boredom?

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« Reply #414 on: August 20, 2015, 06:19:22 AM »
I am finding it very helpful to discover the things that don't work in my pared down wardrobe. Because everything that I kept was held on to with the belief that it worked for me in some way. And yet, there are things that I have worn to work and come home and immediately dumped the item into the donation bag (after washing, because ewwww). I pulled four more pairs of pants out last week. I am going to try them on again, but I think they are all going to be donated. I know few sweaters are going. I have a short list of purchases for the fall that I will need to either replace worn out items or to fill in some corners for some thing that is missing.

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« Reply #415 on: August 20, 2015, 07:16:33 AM »
My experience of selling to ThredUp was kind of a bust. I made just over $20 from them approving 1 pair of jeans, 2 cardigans, 1 jacket, and 1 athletic pullover. I think in the future I'll stick to writing off the items in a Goodwill donation for my taxes, or possibly selling on Poshmark if I think the item has resale value.

Update: 9/8/2015
I ended up making more money ($109 total after Pay Pal's 2% cut) off of my consignment items, so I might try ThredUp again for consignment, but definitely not regular items.
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« Reply #416 on: August 20, 2015, 07:43:14 AM »
A few pages back, I wrote about how my husband and I are going on a several-months-long road trip (with a few flying trips in between), and how I'd gotten rid of everything except 1 bin for storage and 2 carry-ons that came with me.

Now, a month into the trip, both my husband and I are saying "Wow, we brought way too much stuff."

We basically brought as much as we could fit in our Honda Fit ... and probably stressed ourselves out much more than necessary with having to unpack/repack/fit everything back in there several times.

I'm going back to Pittsburgh next month for work and bringing a huge duffel bag with me, to put back into our storage unit. Should make the next leg of the road trip easier to deal with.

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« Reply #417 on: August 24, 2015, 08:54:03 AM »
More of the same w/ the uniform.

I swear these pants don't look as droopy in person - something about the camera being slightly below waist level isn't doing them any favors. In either case, they are comfy!

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« Reply #418 on: September 01, 2015, 10:14:23 AM »
Filled in/replaced some items in my wardrobe last night.

Purchases:
Underwear (Costco - replacement)
Hoodie - replacement (Costco). Old one was 6 years old and fine except that I got a big bleach stain on the back about a year ago and it just felt so grungy w/ the stain.
White cardigan - replacement. Found one on sale at JC Penny. Old one is now greyish and pilled.
Black cardigan - replacement - same as above
Sea foam green crewneck. Replacement for one pulled from current rotation.
Blue crewneck - new, planned addition to the collection
white sleeveless turtleneck - for layering.

I took a bunch of sweaters out of my drawer - maybe 8 or 9, and a few other things (pair of pants, expensive Luluemon jacket I never wear). Shopping was *a lot* easier w/ a "uniform in mind. I wasn't so distracted with trying to figure out if something would work with other things in my closet, etc.

A few of the things I purchased:
I love the buttons on the blue sweater. The green sweater is actually a lighter color.


Anyone else scanning their wardrobe for deletions/additions/replacements?

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« Reply #419 on: September 01, 2015, 10:22:51 AM »
Anyone else scanning their wardrobe for deletions/additions/replacements?

I'm hoping to hold off through the end of the year, but I'm going to need some undergarment updates (underwear, bras) real soon. I'm looking at sustainable pieces, so I'm intrigued by the Frugalwoods's ExOfficio underwear (http://www.frugalwoods.com/2014/11/10/10-shockingly-expensive-things-we-own/) even though it's pretty pricey. I'm looking at bras from NICO.

I'm also on the look out for new black heels, but these are not a current necessity, since I teach and commute in flats, and black dress pants, although finding these stylish and also fair trade/made in the USA has been an arduous task, to say the least. (I'm open to suggestions!)

I received some Everlane shirts for my birthday and I'm very pleased; I will order more as my shirt/tank stash wears out (not until at least 2016).

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« Reply #420 on: September 01, 2015, 10:23:52 AM »
I love that blue sweater!
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« Reply #421 on: September 01, 2015, 10:29:53 AM »
I love that blue sweater!
I do too!  The sweater is gorgeous.

I was forced to buy new work shoes (hole in the toe).  I did acquire a few new items from a friend who was cleaning out her closet.  I have mixed feelings about taking so many items that I'm not sure I'll wear because I just spent a month cleaning out my stuff (KonMari method).  I received the items on Sunday.  I wore one item yesterday and another one today.  I'll give the items about a month in my closet.  I'll donate anything that I don't wear. 

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« Reply #422 on: September 01, 2015, 04:22:43 PM »
Anyone else scanning their wardrobe for deletions/additions/replacements?

I'm hoping to hold off through the end of the year, but I'm going to need some undergarment updates (underwear, bras) real soon. I'm looking at sustainable pieces, so I'm intrigued by the Frugalwoods's ExOfficio underwear (http://www.frugalwoods.com/2014/11/10/10-shockingly-expensive-things-we-own/) even though it's pretty pricey. I'm looking at bras from NICO.

I'm also on the look out for new black heels, but these are not a current necessity, since I teach and commute in flats, and black dress pants, although finding these stylish and also fair trade/made in the USA has been an arduous task, to say the least. (I'm open to suggestions!)

I received some Everlane shirts for my birthday and I'm very pleased; I will order more as my shirt/tank stash wears out (not until at least 2016).

I was wondering about Everlane. They seem to have nice basics, and the prices are reasonable. I always get wishy-washy about buying clothing online because it is such a hassle if it doesn't work out. Have you been happy w/ the quality?

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« Reply #423 on: September 01, 2015, 06:06:06 PM »
Anyone else scanning their wardrobe for deletions/additions/replacements?

I'm hoping to hold off through the end of the year, but I'm going to need some undergarment updates (underwear, bras) real soon. I'm looking at sustainable pieces, so I'm intrigued by the Frugalwoods's ExOfficio underwear (http://www.frugalwoods.com/2014/11/10/10-shockingly-expensive-things-we-own/) even though it's pretty pricey. I'm looking at bras from NICO.

I'm also on the look out for new black heels, but these are not a current necessity, since I teach and commute in flats, and black dress pants, although finding these stylish and also fair trade/made in the USA has been an arduous task, to say the least. (I'm open to suggestions!)

I received some Everlane shirts for my birthday and I'm very pleased; I will order more as my shirt/tank stash wears out (not until at least 2016).

I was wondering about Everlane. They seem to have nice basics, and the prices are reasonable. I always get wishy-washy about buying clothing online because it is such a hassle if it doesn't work out. Have you been happy w/ the quality?

I have been happy so far (only about a month in). I will say they run a tad small, so my large shirts fit a little tighter than I like. This is not to say they run a full size smaller, but rather I like a little more give than they give me (I'm a size 8-10 on top). Their women's sizes only go to large (which means I won't be ordering bottoms there anytime soon).

Everything I've ordered so far (two shirts, two tanks, a long-sleeve linen shirt) are hand wash or cold wash, and obviously hang dry. Not a problem for most Mustachians, but something to be aware of if you do a lot of laundry.

I wouldn't normally do this, but here's a referral link if you happen to order something through them: https://www.everlane.com/r/spolen

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« Reply #424 on: September 01, 2015, 06:50:36 PM »
Ugh - well, I try to avoid things that require special handling. Just because there will be at least once when I slip up and then the item is ruined. I wish they also offered a bit more in terms of color. If I order anything I will use your link!

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« Reply #425 on: September 02, 2015, 04:29:01 AM »
Today's uniform: new white cardigan, and otherwise clothing you all have seen before.  The black cardigan that I purchased is exactly the same. Nothing too exciting here - very easy to get myself organized last night and hang up my clothing for the next day.

Trying to figure out if there is anything I want to add or subtract from the wardrobe as I go into fall. I think one pair of aspirational jeans (slightly too small) will be going now that I found two pairs at goodwill that fit pretty well. Undecided about other stuff, but surprised to find myself still purging. I probably need 2 or three more long sleeved blouses - white or similar that work w/ the sweaters.


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« Reply #426 on: September 02, 2015, 03:37:48 PM »
I'm looking at sustainable pieces, so I'm intrigued by the Frugalwoods's ExOfficio underwear (http://www.frugalwoods.com/2014/11/10/10-shockingly-expensive-things-we-own/) even though it's pretty pricey.

I have some Ex Officio underwear for hiking. It's very light and comfortable and wicks sweat well. They have it at Sierra Trading Post, which is usually a good discount from retail.

I also just got the Ex Officio Give-n-Go bras, which I ordered from Title 9. Wow, are they comfortable! (Only for small-busted women, though.) $26.

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« Reply #427 on: September 02, 2015, 05:01:19 PM »
Chiming in on the Ex Officio underwear, I have two pairs (so does DH) and we LOVE them. It's exclusively what we wear for exercise/hiking/camping. Honestly it's so comfortable I kind of want to splurge and buy a couple more pairs to wear day to day. Yes, it's pricey, but I would say it's definitely worth it.
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« Reply #428 on: September 02, 2015, 06:32:24 PM »
I have some Ex Officio underwear for hiking. It's very light and comfortable and wicks sweat well. They have it at Sierra Trading Post, which is usually a good discount from retail.

I also just got the Ex Officio Give-n-Go bras, which I ordered from Title 9. Wow, are they comfortable! (Only for small-busted women, though.) $26.

Chiming in on the Ex Officio underwear, I have two pairs (so does DH) and we LOVE them. It's exclusively what we wear for exercise/hiking/camping. Honestly it's so comfortable I kind of want to splurge and buy a couple more pairs to wear day to day. Yes, it's pricey, but I would say it's definitely worth it.

Good to know! Again, I'll be holding out for the year, but I'm glad to get more perspectives. (And more than one person's glowing recommendation!)

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« Reply #429 on: September 03, 2015, 06:11:19 AM »
I've tried the synthetic underwear, and for me cotton is the only way to go.  I'm just not comfortable in the synthetics against my skin.  The ones that are my current favorites are plain Jockey bikini underwear, they are holding up very well.  I think these ones will last me at least a few more years.

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« Reply #430 on: September 03, 2015, 07:12:23 AM »
It's getting a bit more chilly here and I'm wondering how well my autumn/winter wardrobe is going to work.

Two black cardigans.
One red cardigan.
One wine coloured cardigan.
Grey jumper with a heart pattern.
Argyle pattterned jumper.
Long black skirt.
Black warm hat and two pairs of warm gloves.
Red coat.

I will wear my two black summer skirts but with leggings or tights (pantyhose) underneath. I will wear my summer tops but under warmer tops.

Hmm, I don't have any trousers (pants) at all.


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« Reply #431 on: September 04, 2015, 11:25:42 AM »
I was wondering about Everlane. They seem to have nice basics, and the prices are reasonable. I always get wishy-washy about buying clothing online because it is such a hassle if it doesn't work out. Have you been happy w/ the quality?

I have been happy so far (only about a month in). I will say they run a tad small, so my large shirts fit a little tighter than I like. This is not to say they run a full size smaller, but rather I like a little more give than they give me (I'm a size 8-10 on top). Their women's sizes only go to large (which means I won't be ordering bottoms there anytime soon).

Everything I've ordered so far (two shirts, two tanks, a long-sleeve linen shirt) are hand wash or cold wash, and obviously hang dry. Not a problem for most Mustachians, but something to be aware of if you do a lot of laundry.

I wouldn't normally do this, but here's a referral link if you happen to order something through them: https://www.everlane.com/r/spolen

Interesting. I'd say that their shirts (or at least their tank tops) run big. I ordered two cotton tanks and one ryan tank in smalls and ended up returning them to order extra smalls instead. (And yes, they don't do exchanges right now. You have to return and re-order which means tying up extra money on your credit card temporarily.) My tanks are wearing great after 2 months of weekly wear washing on cold (even the hand wash item) and tumble dry low/hang dry.

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« Reply #432 on: September 04, 2015, 04:26:44 PM »
I was wondering about Everlane. They seem to have nice basics, and the prices are reasonable. I always get wishy-washy about buying clothing online because it is such a hassle if it doesn't work out. Have you been happy w/ the quality?

I have been happy so far (only about a month in). I will say they run a tad small, so my large shirts fit a little tighter than I like. This is not to say they run a full size smaller, but rather I like a little more give than they give me (I'm a size 8-10 on top). Their women's sizes only go to large (which means I won't be ordering bottoms there anytime soon).

Everything I've ordered so far (two shirts, two tanks, a long-sleeve linen shirt) are hand wash or cold wash, and obviously hang dry. Not a problem for most Mustachians, but something to be aware of if you do a lot of laundry.

I wouldn't normally do this, but here's a referral link if you happen to order something through them: https://www.everlane.com/r/spolen

Interesting. I'd say that their shirts (or at least their tank tops) run big. I ordered two cotton tanks and one ryan tank in smalls and ended up returning them to order extra smalls instead. (And yes, they don't do exchanges right now. You have to return and re-order which means tying up extra money on your credit card temporarily.) My tanks are wearing great after 2 months of weekly wear washing on cold (even the hand wash item) and tumble dry low/hang dry.

Yeah, I was talking about the t-shirts, which are more fitted than the tanks (you're right on the tanks--the Ryan tanks are billowy-er, and I think they're great). I'd be interested to hear if you order t-shirts or button-downs if you still order down a size. But this may have to do more with me being on the other side of the size spectrum :)

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« Reply #433 on: September 04, 2015, 04:33:53 PM »
Welp, I decided to return the cardigans to JCPenny. I wore the white one and it was totally stretched out and baggy looking by the end of one day. I should have known better because they were something like $20 on sale. I've honestly had better luck w/ clothing from H&M and Forever21 then I have from Kohls and JCPennys. None of this is exactly high end clothing, but I expected better.

I think I may try the black cardigan from Everlane, even though it is $80 or so. I'd rather get something that will hold up for years. I will have to find another source for a white cardigan.

I'll use your referral link when I get to the point of ordering.

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« Reply #434 on: September 08, 2015, 08:27:19 AM »
Yeah, I was talking about the t-shirts, which are more fitted than the tanks (you're right on the tanks--the Ryan tanks are billowy-er, and I think they're great). I'd be interested to hear if you order t-shirts or button-downs if you still order down a size. But this may have to do more with me being on the other side of the size spectrum :)

Hmm. Good to know. I suppose I shall see when I eventually need a few new t-shirts.
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« Reply #435 on: September 10, 2015, 06:28:50 AM »
Outfit of the day - standard black pants, button down blouse. Its warm so no sweater. The shirt is new - part of fall wardrobe updates. I also got a plain white blouse. Both are from Express, where I have had remarkably good luck w/ pants and blouses (but not the trendy junk they sell). Blouse, although not plain white, goes w/ all the sweaters and fits the uniform rules in all other aspects. I saw in 2 weeks ago and thought about it since then, went back last night to purchase it after trying it on. It also fits the rule of having things that I "love" vs. making due. 

I am finding shopping much easier  - harder to find specifically what I want (which isn't really a new problem) - because I can just get past all the other stuff that would have previously tempted me for impulse buys.

Send a few things to thread-up later. I have some nice cashmere sweaters that are a little small and really too warm - off they will go, plus a few other things. Still weighing my options.

It is still in the 90s here so I am having somewhat of a hard time thinking at all about sweaters. I returned the white and black cardigans and looking for better options.


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« Reply #436 on: September 10, 2015, 07:26:20 AM »
I used midweststache 's everlane reference. Here's mine - we can have a chain if anyone is interested. I ordered a black cardigan and a sky blue t-shirt. Eager to see how the items are. I really wish they offered more colors - because, in general, grey, tan, and black, are awful colors for tops for me.

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« Reply #437 on: September 13, 2015, 09:43:49 PM »
I used midweststache 's everlane reference. Here's mine - we can have a chain if anyone is interested. I ordered a black cardigan and a sky blue t-shirt. Eager to see how the items are. I really wish they offered more colors - because, in general, grey, tan, and black, are awful colors for tops for me.

https://www.everlane.com/r/annekevandenbroek
Keep us posted on how the items hold up.  I've been interested in Everlane, but I don't know anyone who has experience with the items. 

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« Reply #438 on: September 14, 2015, 05:26:03 AM »
The Everlane order should come sometime this week and I will definitely post pictures and feedback on the items once I have them.

Today's outfit: blue pants that I have had for 4-5 years. I'd actually set them aside because I thought they were maybe too small. Yesterday I went through my "maybe too small" pile and kept 3 pairs and sent one pair to Thread Up (along with a bunch of sweaters). These pants were something like $19 at Forever 21, machine wash, tumble or line dry - and look great w/ tons of stuff. Standard white shirt, blue navy sweater posted earlier (recent purchase from H&M).

Ordered a white cardigan, a pink V-neck (droopy cotton one from H&M was $5 is on the get rid of list - and further reminder not to buy disposable clothing), and light blue V-neck from Blue Fly this weekend. That should finish out all my fall shopping, assuming the white cardigan is suitable. I would like to find one pair of shoes that are dressy but can be worn w/ warm socks. Once winter is more underway I will determine if I am going to wear any of the very few skirts I kept or if I should donate them and be done. Leggings often make me too hot and itchy - although I love the look of skirts with boots. I will also be purging out a few summer t-shirts that I don't really like and didn't wear this summer. I'd rather have 2 and keep an eye out for something better than to have 5 and dread wearing 3 of them.

Very curious to see how things go w/ Thread Up. I was very careful about what I sent to them. My only other option for selling the clothing is a consignment shop, but it isn't near my house (in fact, quite inconvenient to get , although I think they are a little less picky and pay slightly more). 

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« Reply #439 on: September 14, 2015, 10:02:11 AM »
Very curious to see how things go w/ Thread Up. I was very careful about what I sent to them. My only other option for selling the clothing is a consignment shop, but it isn't near my house (in fact, quite inconvenient to get , although I think they are a little less picky and pay slightly more).

Curious to hear how it goes. Returns for my stuff on ThredUp are pretty low: Twice paid me way better, but alas, is now gone. My nearest consignment shop is really far away, though, so I'm okay with getting less for the convenience of just walking over to the post office. Just a few dollars is still more than the $0 the clothes were making in my closet.

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« Reply #440 on: September 14, 2015, 11:33:14 AM »
I have a $12~ thred up offer waiting to be cashed out (you have to wait two weeks now) There's also something on consignment, so if that sells it will be more. Twice sometimes was much better (sometimes even worse depending on what I sent). Oh well, at least they make it easy on you, and it is good to keep clothes in the secondary market. Not exactly a huge windfall however. Others in a higher tax bracket would probably be better off just donating and itemizing.

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« Reply #441 on: September 14, 2015, 11:52:31 AM »
Very curious to see how things go w/ Thread Up. I was very careful about what I sent to them. My only other option for selling the clothing is a consignment shop, but it isn't near my house (in fact, quite inconvenient to get , although I think they are a little less picky and pay slightly more).

Curious to hear how it goes. Returns for my stuff on ThredUp are pretty low: Twice paid me way better, but alas, is now gone. My nearest consignment shop is really far away, though, so I'm okay with getting less for the convenience of just walking over to the post office. Just a few dollars is still more than the $0 the clothes were making in my closet.

I'm curious to see how this goes.  I moved to a rural area and have been trying to figure out how to sell some of my more higher-end, professional clothes since I don't need them all anymore.  I know they are a sunk cost at this point, but I really don't want to throw a DVF dress into the Goodwill pile.   I've tried Tradesy with no luck, maybe I'll try ThredUp.

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« Reply #442 on: September 15, 2015, 07:25:48 AM »
  I know they are a sunk cost at this point, but I really don't want to throw a DVF dress into the Goodwill pile.   I've tried Tradesy with no luck, maybe I'll try ThredUp.

RunHappy I am trying to get my hands on the DVF dress pattern from years ago (they can't re-release it because the company won't relicense it). Anyway, because of searches for this, I know that DVF dresses (wraps especially, of course) sell well and at good prices on Ebay (here in the UK at least). With high end labels Ebay could be a solid bet.

Also, I used to work in a charity shop, and we had a list of labels we looked out for that we were required to charge more for, so don't necessarily assume that they will sell them for cheap. This was in a relative backwater, and the list was decided centrally, so they weren't relying on individual knowledge of designers and names.

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« Reply #443 on: September 15, 2015, 10:52:24 AM »
For the next 7 weeks, I am living out of 2 suitcases and for various reasons, I need a huge variety of clothing in both season and type.  No super heavy sweaters or winter boots, but everything else from swimsuits and coverups to winter sweaters, and from lounge wear and flip flops to fairly dressy dress and heals. 

Should be an interesting experiment for me, and I hope to learn a lot about my perception of what I need vs. what I can get by with just fine. 

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« Reply #444 on: September 15, 2015, 04:09:56 PM »
My clothing situation has improved a lot since it's gotten cooler and I've been able to add a few long sleeved shirts to the mix. I really just need one more pair of casual pants (something good for hiking and travel), one more sports bra, and I'm good to go at this point.
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« Reply #445 on: September 18, 2015, 07:20:42 AM »
Very curious to see how things go w/ Thread Up. I was very careful about what I sent to them. My only other option for selling the clothing is a consignment shop, but it isn't near my house (in fact, quite inconvenient to get , although I think they are a little less picky and pay slightly more).

Curious to hear how it goes. Returns for my stuff on ThredUp are pretty low: Twice paid me way better, but alas, is now gone. My nearest consignment shop is really far away, though, so I'm okay with getting less for the convenience of just walking over to the post office. Just a few dollars is still more than the $0 the clothes were making in my closet.

I'm curious to see how this goes.  I moved to a rural area and have been trying to figure out how to sell some of my more higher-end, professional clothes since I don't need them all anymore.  I know they are a sunk cost at this point, but I really don't want to throw a DVF dress into the Goodwill pile.   I've tried Tradesy with no luck, maybe I'll try ThredUp.

In my experience, high end items sell well on ThredUp because they sell them as consignment. I sent in a few cardigans and jeans that were practically new and made a little over $20, but the two fancy purses brought my total earned up to $109.

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« Reply #446 on: September 18, 2015, 07:32:36 AM »
I thought I'd add to the chain of Everlane referral codes and put them all in one post. People can quote to keep it going. :)

I wouldn't normally do this, but here's a referral link if you happen to order something through them: https://www.everlane.com/r/spolen

I used midweststache 's everlane reference. Here's mine - we can have a chain if anyone is interested.

https://www.everlane.com/r/annekevandenbroek

Mine (karaishere):
https://www.everlane.com/r/karaleller

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« Reply #447 on: September 18, 2015, 07:34:51 AM »
Reading all these posts about Thread Up and how little they take and how little they pay, I would encourage everyone to find a local consignment store instead.  I have two I use.  One is high end and more selective in what they take.  I used it to sell my collection of handbags.  The other takes pretty much any major brand as long as the items are in good condition.  I have sold about half of my closet through them (mostly office attire that was too small).  Yes, my large walk-in closet is about half empty now!!!



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« Reply #448 on: September 18, 2015, 04:15:02 PM »
I got a message from Thread Up that they got my bag earlier this week and they will process it October 6 - so quite a slow turn around for finding out what they will pay. I will post back.

I received my Everlane package earlier this week. I ordered a medium t-shirt and a large cardigan. The quality of the cardigan is very very good. I think I paid $80 for it and I am very impressed with it. It is very fine merino wool, not itchy at all (which is how it should be), very well put together. It is a little big for me - I was worried that their sizes would run small. I think they list their large as being size 8-10 - I think this is accurate. I would normally wear a medium in a sweater (which is size 8-10 from Lands End). I think if anything this sweater is a bit bigger (in size large), but not by too much,  then a medium (from Lands End).

I also ordered a t-shirt in medium. It fits great. Nice soft cotton, lightweight but not see through. Soft and silky feeling. Lovely blue color. I wore it today. I love how the v-neck is cut. It is narrow, but a bit lower opening than other v-necks. I think it looks great. Medium fits true to size. I think it was $10 and is much better quality than the $10 t-shirts at Target.

I am 5'8" and about 130 pounds - to put the size in perspective. I will post pictures of the items when I wear them and have a chance.

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« Reply #449 on: September 18, 2015, 04:22:14 PM »
I can't get over the fact that one of the Everlane models looks like the boys from Hansen... Pretty sure they have her in shirts that are like 3 sizes too big for her.

Do their tees fit in a more flattering way than the pictures, or are these pretty true to fit? It doesn't look like they would be particularly flattering?
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