I hate all my clothes

Humph.  This fashion journey I’ve decided to go on is a bit of a bumpy ride.  I mean, I guess I knew it would be when I decided that I needed to overhaul both my style and my wardrobe, but still.

Today, as I was walking into work in what had previously been one of my favourite summery outfits (pictured here), all I could think of is: I hate this outfit.  What happened?  I used to love this outfit (look at the pose I’ve struck – I’m thinking I look soooo cool – you can just tell).  The fit of the linen trousers, so cool and summery.

And as I was walking, I saw a girl dressed sort of like this:

More chic than thou.

And all I could think was – why am I not wearing something cute like that? As an side, that outfit is from a blog post from 2 years ago. Um, how did I get so out of touch where I wish I was wearing a style from 2 years ago? I mean, lets be honest, I still don’t own anything chambray. By the time I do, that trend will probably be over.

In all seriousness though, what happened? My bright chic summery linen trousers felt like clown trousers. 😦

I’m trying to decide if I attempt to over-dye them a more neutral colour, or if it’s not even worth it? I think possibly not – they don’t seem to fit me as well as I remember. So why keep something in your wardrobe that doesn’t fit, right? I try very hard not to.

I mean, these have been in my wardrobe for nearly 5 years. Pretty amazing for yellow pants, I would say. How long do you typically keep something you love in your wardrobe? What sort of lifespan seems reasonable for an item of clothing?

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11 thoughts on “I hate all my clothes

  1. I think that’s totally normal. I find the lifespan of most things (except those super classic pieces like a LBD or jeans) in my closet to be about 3-4 years. Our tastes changes, our bodies change, and also fashion styles changes. Its time to donate those yellow trousers and find some more clothes that fit your current style. I find myself sticking more to neutrals and classic pieces instead of the super fun and flashy stuff that I once gravitated to.

    • I am totally in agreement in that neutrals seem to be what I’m gravitating towards at the moment. I think I have so many statement pieces that my wardrobe is unbalanced. I think it’s also a trend thing – basics and neutrals seem to be very in at the moment.

      Or are we just getting old?! I also worry about this now that I’m in my 30s… I wonder if I’m becoming a boring old person who doesn’t wear fun stuff anymore. Thoughts?

  2. I keep nearly everything, and I accept that about myself, so I’ve become really careful about what I buy and try to only buy good quality that will hold up over time. When I get tired of unique items, I put them away, and then I get them out later – sometimes years later. I really do keep things for five years (or more) and then take them out when they feel like “me” again. The only time I truly get rid of things is generally when I realize I’ve made a bad purchase that either didn’t really fit right, or actually never felt like me in the first place. I know, it goes against all conventional advice, but its what I do. (And I don’t think its too terrible, because it means I buy less, and I hardly ever cause a garment to be thrown away.)

    I also sometimes do things like dye or change things, but in the case of the yellow pants, I wonder if its better to just put them away for awhile and re-approach later. Because maybe you could dye them and they look good, but maybe later the perfect time for yellow pants comes around again?

    • Thanks for the wonderful advice! I do save some pieces that I love. But I also definitely have some “hoarder” tendencies, so sometimes I try to be ruthless and get rid of stuff (just because I have so much!). I like this idea a lot though! Thanks again for sharing!

  3. This happens to me constantly! One minute I’m hot stuff in my Juicy Couture tracksuit (circa 2005, cringe), the next I’m wondering if I need to reevaluate my life choices. I’ve been trying to be better about buying more classic pieces lately, the struggle is real.

      • I would say a “classic” is anything you wouldn’t be horrified to look back at in photos in 5 years? But I’m riding the “mom jean” trend pretty hard ride now, so I’m really not one to talk!!

      • Yes, but I’m horrified at many of the things I wore even 2-3 years ago so…? *sigh*

        Haha, I’m way too old for the mom jean trend… I would actually look like a mom!

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