One week, six days, and approximately fourteen hours until self-destruct…

10 Aug

Just kidding! I’m so sorry it’s been over eight months since my last update. But I have good news for you: I haven’t bought clothes! I’ve traded clothes, been given and gifted clothes, and bought several pairs of shoes, but I haven’t traded money for clothing.

First, let’s go through the things I’ve been gifted or traded since my last update.

Since my in-laws are aware of my “situation”, they were very generous and gave me several beautiful articles of clothing for Christmas, including the most beautiful oxfords I have ever seen and a wonderfully dramatic and comfortable maxi skirt. And because they are of sound mind, they did not spend hundreds of dollars on clothing; they chose classic, versatile pieces they knew I would like. Unfortunately, one of the items they gifted me, a pair of J. Crew black corduroy pants,  did not fit me quite right.

So, upon my arrival to J. Crew with ill-fitting corduroys in hand, I decided to go with some accessories instead of more clothing. WHOA, right? Here are my purchases:

A pair of gray ribbed tights, and the beautiful leather oxfords.

A pair of blue, white, and gold men’s socks… So comfy!

A perfectly peachy stretch rhinestone bracelet–works so well with casual and dress!

A super-comfy navy jersey maxi skirt (whoa, adjectives). I love this–perfect for lazy Sundays!

I’ve also purchased a few used pairs of shoes (stay with me here…) off eBay (no no, it’s OK!) for super cheap. I know what you’re thinking… where have those shoes been?! Well, my thoughts exactly, so I went ahead and got some, uh, preventative powder and have had no resulting issues. Onto the pictures!

Let’s get the worst one out of the way. If you know me, you know that I have Sjögren’s syndrome. Long story short, it makes life difficult and painful, but regular exercise along with medication helps tremendously. Unfortunately, my closet contained only one pair of sneakers, and they were over 5 years old. Now, I shouldn’t have to tell you that they were no good after five years. They no longer had the support I needed, and after 15 minutes on a treadmill or elliptical machine, my feet were cramping up. So, I broke down and spent new money on a good pair of shoes. Here they are:

New Balance Women’s WX813 Cross-Training Shoe–good for all kinds of stuff!

I would apologize to you and feel a deep sense of shame if it were anything else I bought, but these were necessary for my health, so they needed to be mine. Onto the fun:

Used, no-name, “fake Cole Haan” woven leather loafers. Total cost, including shipping: $15.40. My new favorite shoes, they can be casual or dressed up in a dress or trousers.

A cute pair of used low-heel peep toes by J. Jill. Very easy to wear and they stay comfortable on my feet all day. Total cost: $17.67 (Picture by VintageFitforStyle)

I’ve been trying to dig up a picture of the great used Bass motorcycle boots I also bought, but I’m at a loss. They’re about knee-high, chocolate brown with cute subtle buckles and a zipper closure. Perfect for cooler weather. Total cost: $25

I also purchased a pair of Bass metallic flats, but they were huge on me. I ended up giving them to my sister in exchange for hard labor.

Now that I’ve broken the radio silence, I plan keep this blog going. I’m excited to finally be finished with my year of no clothing, but if anything, this year has taught me ways to keep my wardrobe looking great for a long time on a budget. Stay tuned for more!

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