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Re: Spin Off: Creating a minimalist/capsule wardrobe
« Reply #350 on: July 19, 2015, 11:31:19 AM »
I haven't had a chance to read through all of the replies yet, but I want to join in on the discussion and challenge. I'm 28 this year and I want to feel put together without all the fuss of too many choices. I'm not exactly sure what that means yet, but I'm hopeful that this capsule challenge will help me discover it.

I'm working on creating a few different capsules to fit my current lifestyle. I work from home and tend to spend my free time participating in casual activities or athletic endeavors.
1) summer clothing capsule (casual for work and play)
2) workout clothing capsule (for the sweaty stuff...and to pair down the excess)
3) special occasions capsule (a few nice outfits for our anniversary and my sister's masters graduation)

I'm finding it helpful to store all cold weather clothes in under bed storage so that when I look in the closet, I can only see what's actually available to wear. A lot of my feeling 'of nothing to wear' comes from seeing things that I literally can't wear during this season. Secondly, I'm trying to be ruthless when it comes to which clothes I truly love and which don't make me feel good because the color or fit is off. This does mean that I'm buying a few new shirts this summer, but not too many, and I'm making sure to only choose a coherent color scheme and fill in the holes in my wardrobe (aka, tank tops).

Also, has anyone considered trying to capsule their undergarments, lounge wear, and pjs? I had so many pairs of freebie panties that I hated the fit on and a few colorful bras that I never wore because I tend to wear light colored shirts. I cleaned that stuff out! :)

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« Reply #351 on: July 19, 2015, 01:12:18 PM »
Well, I'm done.  All clothing sorted. Everything that doesn't fit by more than one size, gone.  Everything from my old professional life, gone. 

I'm getting rid of so much. Some of it is 12+ years old, and 4 sizes too small.  Despite the aforementioned shame, I feel really, really good now.  Everything feels so manageable.  And as I look at what I'm getting rid of, some of that shame is subsiding.  I really wasn't bringing in all that much unnecessary stuff.  It's just that I never got rid of anything that I no longer wore or that no longer fit. 

I feel really relieved to have it all done. 

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« Reply #352 on: July 19, 2015, 01:40:21 PM »
Well, I'm done.  All clothing sorted. Everything that doesn't fit by more than one size, gone.  Everything from my old professional life, gone. 

I'm getting rid of so much. Some of it is 12+ years old, and 4 sizes too small.  Despite the aforementioned shame, I feel really, really good now.  Everything feels so manageable.  And as I look at what I'm getting rid of, some of that shame is subsiding.  I really wasn't bringing in all that much unnecessary stuff.  It's just that I never got rid of anything that I no longer wore or that no longer fit. 

I feel really relieved to have it all done.

Congratulations Villanelle - that is a big task and a huge relief I'm sure. I have bags of books that I need to get out of the house (the latest topic of purging). And a mystery box of cables. I"ve also been getting rid of clothes here and there as I wear things and am reminded that I don't *love* a particular item. It has become much easier to part with it.


Welcome karaishere - I've done the opposite of putting things in storage. I got rid of my underbed box and pared down until everything fits in the space that I have. I find it helps me a lot because many items cross seasons and I can see everything I have at one time. It has definitely helped to pare way way down on the amount of clothing I own (my estimate is that I got rid of about 80% of my clothing).

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« Reply #353 on: July 19, 2015, 10:16:22 PM »
This is going to be a long post as I am caught up on the thread.

Welcome karaishere - I've done the opposite of putting things in storage. I got rid of my underbed box and pared down until everything fits in the space that I have. I find it helps me a lot because many items cross seasons and I can see everything I have at one time. It has definitely helped to pare way way down on the amount of clothing I own (my estimate is that I got rid of about 80% of my clothing).
To be honest, the stuff I boxed are the long sleeve shirts, warm sweatshirts, a pair of flannel lined jeans, trouser style jeans (I only wear them fall- early spring), and thick woolen socks. The clothing that can cross seasons is still out in my closet. All of my shoes are still out too, even though I wouldn't wear boots in the summer. :) I also plan to purge again when I add the cool weather clothing back in this fall and store my summer shorts, dresses, and tanks (maybe). Of course, I may feel differently in the future once I get the hang of wearing from my current capsule and put everything back in.


One thing that has helped me when I go shopping is to bring a list (I actually make an Excel spreadsheet) of my current clothes.  One column is pants, another column is tops, the third is sweaters/jackets.  This exposes the weak points and helps me buy things that will help fill the gaps.
I love this idea! I am going to do this and also add notes on what didn't work or was missing, so that I know what needs updating the next season. I find shopping to be frustrating and I think having a plan will help me. :)


Has anyone come across any blogs with real life examples (pictures) of capsule wardrobes created using someone's existing clothing?  A lot of the blogs I see have beautiful assemblies of color coordinated pieces that are great to look at but my immediate reaction is 'oh, that's so nice but there is nothing like that in my closet so I need to go shopping".
I just did my first capsule wardrobe! I followed the instructions from here:
http://www.un-fancy.com/capsule-wardrobe-101/how-to-build-a-capsule-wardrobe/

I exempted my formal gowns from the capsule as they are rarely worn, but I do need them because we go on a free cruise once a year, which requires formal attire. They can hang in the back of the closet where they won't bother anyone.

I really love the idea of it, and it makes me absolutely not want to go shopping at all, which is great.
Yep. This is what I was going to suggest. I'm following her planner steps for my capsules. I think many of her clothes she had at the start of her capsule journey, but she does add new pieces each season (and links to similar items on her blog for the people who do want to buy). A lot of her clothes carryover between her seasonal capsules as she rotates. She also posts her outfit combinations from her capsules. Her capsule planner is about working with what you have (and love) first, then shopping to fill in the holes.


There have been mention of "work horses" for your wardrobes - the pieces you go to over and over - maybe the most comfortable, or basic, or match everything - What are the pieces for you?
Blue jeans (or jean shorts in the summer) and two comfy nude bras. There is never a week where those don't get worn. ;)


What items did you use to love that you've now parted ways with?

Anything you used to swear by and maybe love that you've let go of - for whatever reason? Any particular items or style of items?
A few casual blouses that I used to wear all the time 4 years ago, and some work cardigans/sweaters that I don't wear because I rarely travel for work these days. When I do travel for work, I always reach for my less colorful neutral cardigans anyway.


Has anyone tried out the online consignment shops like Twice or ThredUp? I cleaned out about 2/3 of my closet and I have quite a few items that are well known brands that are in good condition. I know they don't pay much, but it would still be something.
I haven't heard of those. I will definitely check them out for the clothes that I'm purging that are in good condition. Why not try to make a few bucks on clothes that I was already planning to donate anyway? I've been considering trying out Poshmark to sell a few items too. It's kinda like ebay, but for just brand name clothes.


Finally, I think I've done the color analysis thing online previously and got two different results (spring vs wintersummer...and there was some sort of warm vs cool thing - I definitely have a warm skin tone). Just now I'm coming up as a 'spring' on the Color Me Beautiful website. Makes sense because I have light brown hair with golden undertones and I naturally gravitate to those coral, blue, and blue-green shades in my closet (see attached swatch). I also like gray on me and am aware that I look better in cream (hello, wedding dress) versus white. Although I still wear white because cream tees are hard to find... It looks like I'm breaking the rules by wearing black though. It's just so convenient as a bottom color!

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Re: Spin Off: Creating a minimalist/capsule wardrobe
« Reply #354 on: July 19, 2015, 10:55:55 PM »
I've done the opposite of putting things in storage. I got rid of my underbed box and pared down until everything fits in the space that I have. I find it helps me a lot because many items cross seasons and I can see everything I have at one time. It has definitely helped to pare way way down on the amount of clothing I own (my estimate is that I got rid of about 80% of my clothing).

This has been my experience too. It's definitely due to living in a climate where my outfits don't need to change much over the seasons - especially since I don't feel the cold as much as most people seem to. In cooler weather I just add tights and a cardigan to the same dresses I wear in warm weather.

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« Reply #355 on: July 20, 2015, 05:21:59 AM »
One outfit from last week (Lands End black pants that sometimes look droopy, old blouse, old jacket).

Outfit from this week - tan pants (old, require pressing), blue blouse (old, but fits the 'uniform' other than color). Blue cardigan that is not pictured because it is almost 100 outside today.


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« Reply #356 on: July 20, 2015, 06:21:21 AM »

 It looks like I'm breaking the rules by wearing black though. It's just so convenient as a bottom color!

From what I understood from my consultant Karaishere, the 'rules' only applied to clothing near to the face, so bottom colours could be whatever. Was anyone else told this? I do naturally stick to 'my' colour of navy rather than black for the most part anyway, but it's the stuff near the face that counts, I believe.

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« Reply #357 on: July 20, 2015, 09:31:56 AM »
Lands End black pants that sometimes look droopy
I think the Lands End pants are really cute. 

I've fallen into a rut.  I wear the same thing to work everyday.  Instead of getting stressed out, I've decided to have a work uniform.  I also broke my shopping ban (13 months strong) to buy 8 new tops (same style, different colors) that were on sale (~$11 each from Madewell).  I have set jewelry (watch, wedding band, necklace, and rotate two pairs of earrings) too. 

Outside of work, I look forward to getting dressed and wearing different clothing.  My appearance at work doesn't matter, so I've streamlined the process.  Now I can get dressed extremely quickly.  More time to pack my lunch!

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« Reply #358 on: July 20, 2015, 10:13:24 AM »
Lands End black pants that sometimes look droopy
I think the Lands End pants are really cute. 

I've fallen into a rut.  I wear the same thing to work everyday.  Instead of getting stressed out, I've decided to have a work uniform.  I also broke my shopping ban (13 months strong) to buy 8 new tops (same style, different colors) that were on sale (~$11 each from Madewell).  I have set jewelry (watch, wedding band, necklace, and rotate two pairs of earrings) too. 

Outside of work, I look forward to getting dressed and wearing different clothing.  My appearance at work doesn't matter, so I've streamlined the process.  Now I can get dressed extremely quickly.  More time to pack my lunch!

Although it is hard to tell from the last two pictures - I did much the same thing. Bought 5 white shirts and some sweaters. I still have some of my "old" clothes, so I don't only wear my uniform. It is so much easier though! I'm sure as things wear out or get donated to Goodwill my whole work wardrobe will evolve to being mostly white shirt, sweater, pants.

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Re: Spin Off: Creating a minimalist/capsule wardrobe
« Reply #359 on: July 20, 2015, 10:35:33 AM »

 It looks like I'm breaking the rules by wearing black though. It's just so convenient as a bottom color!

From what I understood from my consultant Karaishere, the 'rules' only applied to clothing near to the face, so bottom colours could be whatever. Was anyone else told this? I do naturally stick to 'my' colour of navy rather than black for the most part anyway, but it's the stuff near the face that counts, I believe.
Good to know! I only have a few black shirts, so most the the colors near my face are ones that I look good in. I'll keep this in mind for the future. Thanks.

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« Reply #360 on: July 20, 2015, 06:20:30 PM »
FYI: Twice sent out an email today that they've sold themselves to eBay and are no longer paying out for clothing. Which is extra annoying since I recently sent them 2 bags that they're now not going to process. :/

If you have a credit with them by any chance (which I did from a sale bonus), you need to use it before month's end, I believe. I just hopped onto their site and bought 3 purses for 85 cents (total out of pocket after the credit), for the express purposes of selling at a profit to ThredUp. Just be sure to grab something on ThredUp's approved list.

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« Reply #361 on: July 20, 2015, 07:13:23 PM »
FYI: Twice sent out an email today that they've sold themselves to eBay and are no longer paying out for clothing.
Thanks for the info.

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« Reply #362 on: July 20, 2015, 09:14:51 PM »
The results of my closet clean out:
- 6 pieces in like new condition to sell to Thread Up.
- 10 items to sell on Poshmark. They should sell higher there than on Thread Up.
- 2 fancypants purses to sell on Poshmark. I bought them in my early 20s and never use them.
- 10 grocery sacks filled with clothes that fit poorly, aren't my style, or are getting worn out (textile recycling).
- 1 grocery sack filled with gently used (colorful) bras to donate to my local women's shelter. It sounds weird, but they are grateful for them.

I'm so excited to get this stuff out of here and make a little cash!

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« Reply #363 on: July 20, 2015, 09:23:56 PM »
Thank you karaishere for the season color swatch idea. I used the website and like the color range it came up with for me (Autumn). It's nice to have a color palette to help with choosing any new clothes. I especially like the idea of having more warm browns.

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« Reply #364 on: July 21, 2015, 11:20:27 AM »
One outfit from last week (Lands End black pants that sometimes look droopy, old blouse, old jacket).

Outfit from this week - tan pants (old, require pressing), blue blouse (old, but fits the 'uniform' other than color). Blue cardigan that is not pictured because it is almost 100 outside today.

You have a great figure.  The blue is very pretty, and I love the shoes with that outfit.  The other outfit is also very pretty, but I don't love the shoes quite as much.

On that gray droopy cardigan, wear a lower cut top underneath it, maybe a black or red scoop neck??

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« Reply #365 on: July 21, 2015, 12:27:17 PM »
Thank you karaishere for the season color swatch idea. I used the website and like the color range it came up with for me (Autumn). It's nice to have a color palette to help with choosing any new clothes. I especially like the idea of having more warm browns.
You're welcome!

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« Reply #366 on: July 21, 2015, 01:04:36 PM »
One outfit from last week (Lands End black pants that sometimes look droopy, old blouse, old jacket).

Outfit from this week - tan pants (old, require pressing), blue blouse (old, but fits the 'uniform' other than color). Blue cardigan that is not pictured because it is almost 100 outside today.

You have a great figure.  The blue is very pretty, and I love the shoes with that outfit.  The other outfit is also very pretty, but I don't love the shoes quite as much.

On that gray droopy cardigan, wear a lower cut top underneath it, maybe a black or red scoop neck??

Thank you - I love those shoes!

That grey cardigan is GONE - no room in my closet for things I don't love. :)   The way it tied under my breasts was *not* flattering and its only redeeming characteristics is that is was warm.

I am having terrible - and first time  - problems w/ planter facitus (sp?) and will have to get some ugly supportive shoes to wear until it gets better. Right now I am wear Birkenstocks at work - which I consider borderline unacceptable but they are the only shoes that don't hurt right now aside from tennis shoes (which look worse - the Birks are at least a 'dressy' style). Have to break my clothing no-buy for this one, unfortunately. I have to be able to walk.

I used to skip around in 3" heels (cute!) all day with no problem- and not that long ago. Now a 1" heel and cushioning and I am still hobbled w/in an hour or so. Of course, this has helped eliminate a lot of shoes from my wardrobe as I come to terms w/ never being able to wear them again.

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« Reply #367 on: July 22, 2015, 03:35:12 AM »
I'm wearing my "uniform" again today. Black vest top, black pencil skirt, sandals and heart shaped necklace.


 It looks like I'm breaking the rules by wearing black though. It's just so convenient as a bottom color!

From what I understood from my consultant Karaishere, the 'rules' only applied to clothing near to the face, so bottom colours could be whatever. Was anyone else told this? I do naturally stick to 'my' colour of navy rather than black for the most part anyway, but it's the stuff near the face that counts, I believe.

Yes, that is what I read. It makes sense if the colours that suit you are mostly to do with your hair and eye colour. :)

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« Reply #368 on: July 22, 2015, 05:35:28 AM »
"Uniform" - tan pants, printed blouse, cardigan. All of these clothing items are old and survived the closet purge. Ultimately I will probably be purging most of this outfit but for now it stays.

Feet are killing me - ordered two pairs of least-hideous orthotic shoes last night. Ugh.


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« Reply #369 on: July 22, 2015, 06:26:19 AM »
Let's talk about plantar fascists and shoes!!

I teach fitness classes, and I have PF.   In the rest of the time, I stay at home and I don't put a lot of effort into the clothing, so I can get away with athletic shoes most of the time.

Are you going to go to physical therapy for your PF?   You might want to.  I have, but I have also sucked at the maintenance care for PF.

What I learned from my therapist.
1.  Always wear shoes.  Do not go barefoot, ever.  Wear crocs in the shower (I do not do this, but I should!)
2.  Get a foam roller and a golf ball.   Roll your foot on the golf ball.  Roll your legs out on the foam roller.
3.  Do calf stretches.

You can get massage, and ultrasound and even more in depth things from a specialist to help with PF.  You an also get inserts for your shoes.  I would recommend a physical therapist who works with runners / legs / feet. 

For shoes.

1.  For athletic shoes, I wear almost exclusively Asics Gel Nimbus.  They have been the best for my feet.  You may also want to try Saucony.  You want padding in the heel.

2.  My therapist did not like the Birks I had.  He said the heel was too low.  You want to keep your heel a little higher so you don't pound on it.  (I don't' think this means high heels though!!!!) 

3.  I have found these sandals for this summer that I like that have some arch support, and they are affordable (casual).  I would like to find one pair of something like ballet flats or wedge flats.  Bonus, they are not crazy expensive

Skechers Reggae:

http://www.amazon.com/Skechers-Womens-Reggae-Rockfest-T-Strap-Sandal/dp/B005FZPFPU/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1437567833&sr=8-4&keywords=skechers+reggae+sandal

http://www.amazon.com/Skechers-Womens-Reggae-Jammin-Sandal/dp/B001OQBTS6/ref=sr_1_15?ie=UTF8&qid=1437567893&sr=8-15&keywords=skechers+reggae+sandal

I would like to try more of this Reggae group, but I only really need 2 sandals for summer.  I might look at the ones with straps rather than the slides.  I have been looking at Chacos sandals but have not gotten into them so much.


4.  I am willing to spend BUCKS on shoes if it saves my feet. I need to use these feet for YEARS!  I have not spent a lot of time with expensive brands though because it's a PITA to try to find something.  I really need to go to a department store because going back and forth with Zappos is a lot of work.  But they have so many styles!!

Let me know if you find something you like.


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« Reply #370 on: July 22, 2015, 06:27:39 AM »
Also, I think you would utterly rock sheath dresses.  But which shoes?  Not sure!

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« Reply #371 on: July 22, 2015, 06:32:03 AM »
The problem just started. I talked to my neighbor who is a physical therapist and she told me the stretches to do. I am wearing shoes at home all the time (which I hate). Tennis shoes and my hiking boots feel fine - the problem is my shoes for work. Here is what I ordered:

http://www.zappos.com/vionic-with-orthaheel-technology-ailie-black

http://www.zappos.com/vionic-with-orthaheel-technology-antonia-mid-wedge-pump-black

Ultimately I'll need some slippers and some sandals if this doesn't clear up - but I can only cough up so much and the shoes for work were top priority.   This may become in inadvertent way to really reduce my shoe wardrobe.

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« Reply #372 on: July 22, 2015, 06:32:29 AM »
I *almost* kept these Clarks sandals earlier this summer, but I don't need to dress up.  They were comfortable.  The tan was a little bit of a strange color but oh, the leather was soft!!!   You might like to explore the Clarks brand and offerings for shoes:

http://www.amazon.com/Clarks-Womens-Black-Rosamund-Dune/dp/B00NAREJQG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1437568240&sr=8-1&keywords=clarks+rosemund+dune


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« Reply #373 on: July 22, 2015, 06:35:45 AM »
The problem just started. I talked to my neighbor who is a physical therapist and she told me the stretches to do. I am wearing shoes at home all the time (which I hate). Tennis shoes and my hiking boots feel fine - the problem is my shoes for work. Here is what I ordered:

http://www.zappos.com/vionic-with-orthaheel-technology-ailie-black

http://www.zappos.com/vionic-with-orthaheel-technology-antonia-mid-wedge-pump-black

Ultimately I'll need some slippers and some sandals if this doesn't clear up - but I can only cough up so much and the shoes for work were top priority.   This may become in inadvertent way to really reduce my shoe wardrobe.

Report back on how you like the pumps.  The flats….  um, ah…     let us know.  :) 

Yes, my shoe wardrobe is tiny.  But my works shoes are athletic shoes.  It is nice to not have a lot of shoes to mess with!

I've always liked Anne Klein shoes.  Hmmm…  But I don't really need dressy shoes, except for church.  I'm eyeing up these (and similar form AK)
http://www.zappos.com/anne-klein-aksport-wisher-black-fabric?zlfid=191&ref=pd_sims_p_ab_1

Wait, is this a blog about saving money?  :)
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« Reply #374 on: July 22, 2015, 06:43:58 AM »
Those shoes are both cute I think.

I put a high priority on having my feet not hurt.  At 11 years old both of my feet sprouted bone spurs, so essentially for my whole life I've had to be super careful about wearing shoes that don't leave me in agony.  Brands that I've had some luck with are Naturalizer (these lasted over 1.5 years of 6+ hours a day on my feet), Sketchers (generally get 9 months out of each pair), and Crocs (believe it or not Crocs makes fashionable dress flats now, just got these so I don't know lifespan yet).

If I have to decide between looks and being pain free, I choose pain free.  Yes, I end up wearing old lady shoes.  No, I don't let it bother me.  It's worth it to be able to stand and walk.

Sandals are the worst, women's sandals tend to be cute and hurt.  I buy boy's sandals, the ones with tennis shoe type soles.  Ugly, but I can go camping and wear them for the entire week with no pain other than sunburn (if I'm not careful).

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« Reply #375 on: July 22, 2015, 07:05:35 AM »
Also, I think you would utterly rock sheath dresses.  But which shoes?  Not sure!

Thanks! I decided no dresses and no skirts for my work wardrobe. I have to sit all day, hate the feeling of skirts/dresses being too short. I saved a couple "just in case." My work is often cold and I freeze when I wear a skirt.

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« Reply #376 on: July 22, 2015, 07:10:13 AM »
I *almost* kept these Clarks sandals earlier this summer, but I don't need to dress up.  They were comfortable.  The tan was a little bit of a strange color but oh, the leather was soft!!!   You might like to explore the Clarks brand and offerings for shoes:

http://www.amazon.com/Clarks-Womens-Black-Rosamund-Dune/dp/B00NAREJQG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1437568240&sr=8-1&keywords=clarks+rosemund+dune

Those are cute! I have one pair of Clarks (the blue shoes that I wore earlier this week w/ tortoise shell looking toes). They are comfortable but I think ultimately do not have enough support for current feet issues.

I am seriously sad about the shoe situation. I have held onto only a few pairs of high heels - just the cutest most awesome ones that I can't stand to part with. I need to find someone w/ the same size feet who can wear them and bequeath them to her.

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Re: Spin Off: Creating a minimalist/capsule wardrobe
« Reply #377 on: July 22, 2015, 07:32:30 AM »
For PF, husband had great luck with sleeping in a weird boot thing that kept his foot flexed while he slept (found on Amazon), and with Happy Feet inserts.  The inserts won't work in slimmer shoes, but DH wore them every day for a while and now he doesn't need them all the time and has no PF issues, though he still uses the inserts in some shoes as a precaution. 

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« Reply #378 on: July 22, 2015, 07:51:35 AM »
Oh yes! You can use a strassburg sock.  I should get mine out!!

http://www.amazon.com/Strassburg-Sock-Regular-Size-Around/dp/B00JB2UDTQ


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« Reply #379 on: July 22, 2015, 02:00:19 PM »
Anyone else finding that weight loss is taking care of excess clothes? My work wardrobe lost a pair of capris last month and skirt this morning. Now my office clothing is down to two pairs of pants, one pair of capris, two skirts, one (adjustable) dress, about 8-10 tops, and about four or five sweaters.

I'm going to see if I can convert the skirt from this morning into a sleeveless dress. It's ankle length, so it shouldn't wind up too short.
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« Reply #380 on: July 22, 2015, 03:11:02 PM »
Anyone else finding that weight loss is taking care of excess clothes? My work wardrobe lost a pair of capris last month and skirt this morning. Now my office clothing is down to two pairs of pants, one pair of capris, two skirts, one (adjustable) dress, about 8-10 tops, and about four or five sweaters.

I'm going to see if I can convert the skirt from this morning into a sleeveless dress. It's ankle length, so it shouldn't wind up too short.

I wish!  I have the opposite problem (weight gain) and have a hard time getting rid of anything that becomes too small because I hope I can go back to my prior size :-(



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« Reply #381 on: July 24, 2015, 01:40:08 PM »
The problem just started. I talked to my neighbor who is a physical therapist and she told me the stretches to do. I am wearing shoes at home all the time (which I hate). Tennis shoes and my hiking boots feel fine - the problem is my shoes for work. Here is what I ordered:

http://www.zappos.com/vionic-with-orthaheel-technology-ailie-black

http://www.zappos.com/vionic-with-orthaheel-technology-antonia-mid-wedge-pump-black

Ultimately I'll need some slippers and some sandals if this doesn't clear up - but I can only cough up so much and the shoes for work were top priority.   This may become in inadvertent way to really reduce my shoe wardrobe.

Back with feedback on the shoes. The wedge heels were super UNcomfortable. The shape of the footbed was very odd. Lots of good cushioning, but then a ridge that ran lengthwise from mid-foot to the front, right down the center. The reviews suggest that some people find these shoes comfortable. I've never experienced a foot bed like this and found it unbearable. The shoes were cute, ran a little small, the leather was soft.

The flats are fine - very basic. Comfortable - very nice footbed. I'm going to use them as my go-to shoes for a few weeks.

My feet are feeling better. I've been super careful about wearing sneakers or my supportive sandals. I also realized that my flip flips (3 pairs) are all between 20-12 years old. Maybe time to cough up for a new well-made pair and bid adieu to these worn out one.

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« Reply #382 on: July 24, 2015, 07:35:10 PM »
Can someone link to ponte pants that they like?

Here are some from Banana Republic:

http://bananarepublic.gap.com/browse/product.do?vid=3&pid=980175002

I can't vouch for these specific pants, but I bought the same or similar pants at BR three or four years ago, and they are great. 


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Re: Spin Off: Creating a minimalist/capsule wardrobe
« Reply #383 on: July 24, 2015, 09:23:37 PM »
I also realized that my flip flips (3 pairs) are all between 20-12 years old. Maybe time to cough up for a new well-made pair and bid adieu to these worn out one.
I don't know if flip flops exaggerate PF pain, but the Olukai Ohana flip flops offer nice arch support and are super comfortable. They are pricey for flip flops, I will admit, but ours have minimal wear in the 2 years since our honeymoon.

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« Reply #384 on: July 24, 2015, 10:47:04 PM »
How about a pair of nice ankle boots if you are wearing pants most days anyway? I find my to be almost as comfortable as a sneaker. They have a very small (maybe half inch) heel and look smart with a skirt suit, pencil skirt etc and can be dressed down with jeans etc, perfect for a capsule wardrobe.

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Re: Spin Off: Creating a minimalist/capsule wardrobe
« Reply #385 on: July 25, 2015, 05:47:03 PM »
The problem just started. I talked to my neighbor who is a physical therapist and she told me the stretches to do. I am wearing shoes at home all the time (which I hate). Tennis shoes and my hiking boots feel fine - the problem is my shoes for work. Here is what I ordered:

http://www.zappos.com/vionic-with-orthaheel-technology-ailie-black

http://www.zappos.com/vionic-with-orthaheel-technology-antonia-mid-wedge-pump-black

Ultimately I'll need some slippers and some sandals if this doesn't clear up - but I can only cough up so much and the shoes for work were top priority.   This may become in inadvertent way to really reduce my shoe wardrobe.

I have horrible feet, knee, and lower back problems and have found Crocs to be miracle shoes.   While the ugly classic clogs with the holes may have a bad rep, there really are some cute ones out there, IMHO.   And, you can watch the website to find reasonably priced ones.   I seriously now own 100% crocs and have yet to find any other brand that keep my feet from hurting like Crocs do.   Here are links to some that I own and wear (or very similar to those I own):

http://www.crocs.com/p/crocs-womens-mammoth-flat/12465.html?cgid=women-best-sellers&cid=22Z#start=12
http://www.crocs.com/p/crocs-sanrah/12187.html?cgid=women-collections-sanrah&cid=060#start=8
http://www.crocs.com/p/crocs-womens-a-leigh-wedge-leather/11848.html?cgid=women-footwear-heelsWedges&cid=204#start=22cgid=women-footwear-heelsWedges
http://www.crocs.com/p/crocs-alice-work/11050.html?cid=206#q=mary%20janes&start=12
http://www.crocs.com/p/crocs-womens-rainfloe-boot/12424.html?cgid=women-footwear-boots&cid=641#start=2

I also realized that my flip flips (3 pairs) are all between 20-12 years old. Maybe time to cough up for a new well-made pair and bid adieu to these worn out one.

In this case, I highly recommend the slides in the second link for use as a flip-flop type shoe.   I am wearing them all day every day in the summer (including in the house) and they are super duper comfortable and sturdy for a flip-flop type shoe.   They can be worn with a skirt as a little dressier than your every day flip-flop, or just around the pool.   I just got back from a week with my family at the beach and after my mom noticed me wearing them 24-7, she commented on how nice they looked, tried them on when I told her they were crocs and super comfortable, and then immediately ordered herself a pair.

ETA: I just noticed that the Crocs website is almost sold out of the slides and only has a size 4 left.   If you're interested and not a size 4 you can google "Sanrah Crocs" and probably find them elsewhere.   I actually got mine from Kohls online and my mother got hers from 6pm.
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Re: Spin Off: Creating a minimalist/capsule wardrobe
« Reply #386 on: July 27, 2015, 10:05:10 PM »
I managed to fill in one of the office wardrobe gaps - I really wanted a second dress for work, and found one... in my own closet! I had a black dress that for some reason had thought was too dressy for my office, but pulled it out due to having nothing else clean, and it was perfect! A little nicer than my usual stuff, but still totally appropriate. I got a ton of compliments as well, surprisingly. Glad to have solved that problem.
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Re: Spin Off: Creating a minimalist/capsule wardrobe
« Reply #387 on: August 02, 2015, 05:20:18 PM »
OK, I found a robust and fun corporate dress blog that I love, although the prices are very high for the items they are talking about.  The looks are good though -- check it out if you like.     If I were a lawyer I would buy these things.  As it is I am thinking of getting into real estate part time.  I will look for bargains that may be in the same themes…  I live in a cold weather area though!!

http://corporette.com/category/features/summer-associate-series/

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« Reply #388 on: August 03, 2015, 03:34:07 AM »
Nice articles thanks.

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« Reply #389 on: August 10, 2015, 08:37:40 AM »
I've been away a bit but here is today's uniform - very much in line w/ the stated plan (white button down, sweater (which isn't in picture because for reasons mysterious to me the heat was on in my office over the weekend - it is AUGUST and 90+ outside), black pants, and my orthopedic sort-of-ugly shoes that are helping with foot pain.

Nothing spectacular to see here. I did break out a blingy necklace for today in hopes that no one notices my shoes. :P

Working on a list of a few items of clothing for the winter. I am on no-buy for clothing until the end of August. Also planning to week out some more not-worn-often items out of the dresser and closet. Overall amount of clothing continues to shrink.

Winter list:
1. Less ratty looking black cardigan (replacement)
2. Less ratty looking white cardigan (replacement)
3. Navy V-neck sweater (new)
4. Shoes - maybe - with which I can wear warm socks (new, but some shoes are going away)
5. One light color pretty cardigan w/ long sleeves (maybe light green or pink) to replace the summery ones w/ 3/4 sleeves. I want to ditch the 3/4 sleeve ones because they don't work w/ long sleeved shirts or in the winter. (1 replacement for several sweaters)
6. Maybe a pair of those ponte pants that everyone is going on about. Provided I can find a pair of pants to take out of my closet and give to Goodwill.

That's it. I don't need any casual clothes. I have 2 pairs of jeans that I got at the thrift store that fit well and are super comfortable. My aspirational jeans are going in the Goodwill bin after I try them on one more time to remind myself that I need to be able to bend my legs when I sit down. I probably have too many long sleeved tops but I need a couple weeks of cold weather and wearing them to sort out which ones I will jettison.

As a side note I continue to shift through books and other household things and to be on a no-buy/low-buy for everything.

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Re: Spin Off: Creating a minimalist/capsule wardrobe
« Reply #390 on: August 11, 2015, 04:43:02 AM »
Loving this thread everyone!

I've been focussing on quality not quantity, and really paying attention to things, so I've started buying one decent pair of tights (hose) a time, and (god, I sound like a nutjob) making notes on how I like the thickness, appearance, colour, fit, level of shine etc.

I used to buy tights whenever and wherever, in multiple packs or single pairs for a special event. I'd have some I loved, and some which drove me batty (slipping down at the crotch, wrinkling at the ankles, narrow waistband which digs in etc), but I never knew which ones were bought from where! (no labels in tights, obviously).

I also am on the border of sizes, so it was constantly a guessing game which size I bought last time, because they weren't quite right, but did I chose S/M or M/L etc.

Anyway, I have been taking a photo of the packet, saving it to Evernote, and making notes as the day goes on.

Already ruled out one supplier. Hoping Pretty Polly will be the one as they are made in England, but I see a lot of tights made in Italy, so that will satisfy me in a pinch. I feel just having one supplier and one type will simplify my life a lot - disproportionately to the amount of effort I have to exert just this once. The end of the ongoing, 'do i like these ones? And if do do I like 'nude' or 'tan', in S or M?' will be amazing.

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Re: Spin Off: Creating a minimalist/capsule wardrobe
« Reply #391 on: August 11, 2015, 06:05:12 AM »
Loving this thread everyone!

I've been focussing on quality not quantity, and really paying attention to things, so I've started buying one decent pair of tights (hose) a time, and (god, I sound like a nutjob) making notes on how I like the thickness, appearance, colour, fit, level of shine etc.

I used to buy tights whenever and wherever, in multiple packs or single pairs for a special event. I'd have some I loved, and some which drove me batty (slipping down at the crotch, wrinkling at the ankles, narrow waistband which digs in etc), but I never knew which ones were bought from where! (no labels in tights, obviously).

I also am on the border of sizes, so it was constantly a guessing game which size I bought last time, because they weren't quite right, but did I chose S/M or M/L etc.

Anyway, I have been taking a photo of the packet, saving it to Evernote, and making notes as the day goes on.

Already ruled out one supplier. Hoping Pretty Polly will be the one as they are made in England, but I see a lot of tights made in Italy, so that will satisfy me in a pinch. I feel just having one supplier and one type will simplify my life a lot - disproportionately to the amount of effort I have to exert just this once. The end of the ongoing, 'do i like these ones? And if do do I like 'nude' or 'tan', in S or M?' will be amazing.

A lot of fashion bloggers rave about Wolford tights, but at upwards of $65 a pair, I just can't.

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« Reply #392 on: August 11, 2015, 06:33:59 AM »
Loving this thread everyone!

I've been focussing on quality not quantity, and really paying attention to things, so I've started buying one decent pair of tights (hose) a time, and (god, I sound like a nutjob) making notes on how I like the thickness, appearance, colour, fit, level of shine etc.

I used to buy tights whenever and wherever, in multiple packs or single pairs for a special event. I'd have some I loved, and some which drove me batty (slipping down at the crotch, wrinkling at the ankles, narrow waistband which digs in etc), but I never knew which ones were bought from where! (no labels in tights, obviously).

I also am on the border of sizes, so it was constantly a guessing game which size I bought last time, because they weren't quite right, but did I chose S/M or M/L etc.

Anyway, I have been taking a photo of the packet, saving it to Evernote, and making notes as the day goes on.

Already ruled out one supplier. Hoping Pretty Polly will be the one as they are made in England, but I see a lot of tights made in Italy, so that will satisfy me in a pinch. I feel just having one supplier and one type will simplify my life a lot - disproportionately to the amount of effort I have to exert just this once. The end of the ongoing, 'do i like these ones? And if do do I like 'nude' or 'tan', in S or M?' will be amazing.

A lot of fashion bloggers rave about Wolford tights, but at upwards of $65 a pair, I just can't.

I'm in the UK so Wolford are a well known brand here, and I've had them, I've never paid anywhere near that though! I'm thinking about £10? They are more fashion tights, I'm talking about nude 10 denier ones to wear with suits to work, but I'll check Wolford out and see if they do anything like that, thanks.

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« Reply #393 on: August 11, 2015, 06:39:19 AM »
One of my fashion bloggers loves DKNY tights and I believe those are the ones she claims are truly opaque, which I like in my tights.  I bought a couple pairs on sale at the a Nordstrom semi-annual sale and not only are they actually truly Opaque, they stayed put and were comfortable.  She also likes some of the Spanxz tights, though I don't know if those are uncomfortably tight like their foundation garments. 

We are having an unusually hot summer and it's making me miss a few items I purged. I'd like one more generic solid (black or Navy, probably) jersey cotton skirt.  I had a black one but I didn't *love* it as it was a high low hem, so I ditched it, but several times in the last few weeks I wished I still had it.  I am going to keep my eyes peeled at end of season sales, especially because next summer I am going to be living in a super hot, humid place and will probably need more really cool clothes, and be unable to buy them in-person since I am not Japanese-sized. 

After getting rid of probably 3/4 of my wardrobe, much of which admittedly no longer fit, that's the only item I've missed.  Not too bad.   

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Re: Spin Off: Creating a minimalist/capsule wardrobe
« Reply #394 on: August 11, 2015, 06:40:05 AM »
Midweststache, I've just checked and Wolford do do the kind I'm after, they're £15 but with free shipping and I can get 5% cashback. Might be worth a try - I'm paying about £5.50 a pair at present. I don't go through tights that much, in fact annoyingly slowly when I have pairs I don't like but need to ladder before I feel justified in throwing them away! Thanks for the tip.

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« Reply #395 on: August 11, 2015, 09:37:33 AM »
Today's uniform - again keeping w/ the specific plan.

The thought of tights is making me feel itchy and claustrophobic - it is so hot here right now and my recent experiences w/ tights in the past few years is that I couldn't find any that didn't make me feel like I was being strangled. This is part of the reason I've gone the no dresses/skirts route for my uniform.

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« Reply #396 on: August 11, 2015, 11:19:56 AM »
you look so great in that shade of pink! it really lights up your complexion.
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Re: Spin Off: Creating a minimalist/capsule wardrobe
« Reply #397 on: August 11, 2015, 02:08:54 PM »
sigh, I just had all of my clothes rejected for re-sale...tear. I guess I will switch them over to clothing swap items. Worse case scenario I keep them and remember not to buy anything again! they are mostly items I like but do not really need as staples.

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« Reply #398 on: August 11, 2015, 07:47:12 PM »
you look so great in that shade of pink! it really lights up your complexion.

Thank you! I do love pink. I wish it was easier to find winter sweaters in spring shades of pink and light green and such.

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« Reply #399 on: August 12, 2015, 04:24:13 AM »
And today: