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Nine wardrobe items I'm OK with never fitting into again.

A friend’s comment on Thursday’s post inspired me to go through my closet today and throw out anything from my pre-pregnancy wardrobe I know I’ll never wear again. Perfect timing, with our upcoming move and all.

So I made myself a pot of coffee and got to it.

Five minutes later, my bed became a hazmat zone.

Five minutes later, my bed became a hazmat zone.

 

As I sorted through my clothes, the Serenity Prayer came to mind.

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change
The courage to change the things I can
And the wisdom to know the difference.

 

I organized my clothes into three categories:

  • Things that fit now (KEEP)
  • Things that don’t fit now but I want to work towards fitting in (KEEP)
  • Things that don’t fit – and that’s OK. (DONATE)

So, because we’re being honest in this place, I’m going to list nine wardrobe items I’m at peace about getting rid of.

1. Cowl neck sweaters with tight waist-clinching wide belt

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If I never sat down while wearing it, it wouldn’t be so bad.

2. Dresses from Forever 21 

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I’m a sucker for cheap, trendy dresses and Forever [trying to look like you’re] 21 is a haven for mass-produced $10 dresses that flatter rail-thin teens. As cute as these dresses are, they are not accommodating to lactating women. There is no way this nursing mom can fit her milk factories into the bodices of these skimpy little numbers.

3. Ribbed sweaters

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I won’t scar the Internet with a picture of me wearing this. These kind of sweaters don’t offer any grace for the “extra skin” I’m carrying in the middle.

4. Push-up bras

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I’ll say it. Nursing moms are in no need of push-up bras. If I were CEO of Victoria’s Secret, I’d be working on a strategic partnership with Similac, because breastfeeding is the all-natural alternative to underwires.

5. Super skinny slacks

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Do you see how wrinkled these are?! Yeah, that’s because these have been rolled up in a box for a year-and-a-half. These J. Crew Minnie pants stopped fitting me in my first trimester. The wide, unstretchy waistband is just way too cruel. These were hard for me to part with, because I had JUST BOUGHT them when I found out I was pregnant – which was a huge splurge for this notorious tightwad. I’ve probably worn them just a couple times.

6. Shirt/dress thingies 

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I once found these little shirt/dress hybrids so coy and cute. (“You can wear it with jeans or leggings!”) Not anymore.

7. Dirt cheap jeans

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These $10 jeans technically fit me, but they hang in weird places, they’re way too low rise, and they cut into my newly widened hips. I am learning that the most important piece to a post-partum wardrobe is a quality pair of jeans.

8. Ridiculously uncomfortable heels

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I kept my 3″ pumps, pretty wedge sandals, etc. But these just had to go. They had a film of dust on them so I know I haven’t worn them in ages. I remember walking to my apartment in Boston in these shoes – a mile walk in the pouring rain at 2 a.m. after my 24th birthday party.  A fun memory, but I’m at peace with never wearing them again.

9. Pencil thin pencil skirts

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I’m a big fan of breathing, and these skirts kind of get in the way of that.

…And one piece that I’m using as my inspiration:

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The sexiest Little Black Dress I’ve ever owned. She’s just going to hang in my closet, subtly beckoning me to keep exercising and eating healthy.  She won’t pressure me too much, like the mounds of clothes I got rid of today would have. She’ll just be there for me when I’m ready for her, whether that is six months or six years from now.

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  1. Jill on October 8, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Oh god, I have been doing this too. Except I keep telling myself I MIGHT NEED THESE AGAIN SOMEDAY! I have shit I have had since high school and am really good at convincing myself I’m going to totally wear it again. You know, now that I had a freakin baby and will REALLY never wear it again.

    And you’re right, we ARE alike!

    • creatingmom on October 8, 2013 at 1:01 pm

      I know, it’s tough but it was SO FREEING to get rid of all of it. DO IT, and then blog about it so I can read all about it.

  2. ImperfectAnna on October 8, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    I did the same thing with my closet. I had way too many clothes and was all about quantity versus quality. Well, my new goal is to work on that. My husband and I designed and installed a new walk-in closet. It looks so pretty now, I only want to put pretty things that I really love and look good on me in it!

  3. creatingmom on October 8, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    I’d love to see a wardrobe post from you, ImperfectAnna … I want to see what a quality-over-quantity closet might look like for inspiration. I’m so cheap that I tend to buy a ton of stuff on clearance that I end up not wearing very often.

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  5. Lauren Markman on October 17, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    I love purging my closet – it feels so freeing! I really love your blog so I’ve nominated you for a Sunshine Award: http://ididntlisten.blogspot.com/2013/10/sunny-skies-celebrating-sunshine-award.html

    • creatingmom on October 17, 2013 at 7:02 pm

      Awesome, thanks Lauren! My first! I’ll have fun with that post.

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