Sing it with me, “Should I it stay or should I it go.”

Beginning October 1st, I’m doing a Clutter Countdown Challenge right here and I’m skeeered. I’ve planned on doing this for two years and have put it off, but I’ve finally committed myself to the accountability of all of you and I’m hoping you’ll join me as well. It’s going to be 15 minutes a day for 31 days. (More details to come.)

We can do it together, right?

Anyhow, one of the weeks, I’m going to have to tackle our bedroom, more specifically MY bedroom!! And I’ll be honest, besides our attic and the fridge, it’s the worst place in our home.

I know, I know, it’s supposed to be a haven, my refuge, but you tell that fact to the many baskets of clean laundry piled on my sofa. We’ll get there.  With challenging myself to the bedroom, it means I have to attack my closet and drawers with abandon and that’s going to be painful!

The downside with being a Frugal Fashionista and finding so many yard sale and thrift store gems, if something is cute and it’s $1, I buy it. Now, there is just so much good in that philosophy, unless you keep it all. If I got rid of the same number of items that I brought in, we’d be great, but I don’t. I have no idea of all the great clothes that are waiting for me deep in the depths of my drawers.

I thought that as I wear my clothes each week, I’ll share with you what I’ve decided to keep and what things are going to Goodwill.  When I finally get out of my yoga pants, these are my run errands kind of outfits, so nothing extra fancy yet,  but hopefully enough to give you some frugal inspiration.

This black and white, on the sheer side, shirt was questionable when I first put it on. Since I’ve gained some weight, I felt the front wasn’t necessarily flattering, but I loved the pattern and the open back  and cut is certainly unique.

Well, I decided to wear this outfit around a group of high schoolers one Sunday and I had so many of the girls coming up to me telling me how much they loved my shirt.

Love that this whole outfit was less than $15

$2 yard sale blouse
$1 black yard sale tank top
Black pants on clearance from Tanger outlet (under $10)
$5 thrifted boots (I don’t love the cut, and am on the hunt for new black boots)
Necklace – handmade gift from Lucy’s Inspired and yard sale find earrings

 I even had a mom tell me that her daughter commented on how I was so fashionable. I tried not to spit my coffee out as I chuckled to myself, but that certainly sealed the deal. This whole outfit is definitely a keeper, since how often do high school girls like a mom lady’s clothes? 🙂

Frugal Fashonista black shirt and boots

The next shirt that I questioned was this tailored shirt with the two front pockets.

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Again, this shirt was a $1 yard sale find and the jeans were thrifted, but I think those have to go.

I decided to keep the shirt because, first, I don’t really have anything like it and the collared shirt look is really popular right now. Now the pleats down the front might not be, but those tailored accent takes off about ten pounds.

Dressing on a thrift store fashion budget

  If anyone’s concerned that the pleats are out,  I know that pairing it with a jean jacket this fall will also be a great look.

$2 watch bracelet

I know I’ve shared this before, but Rue 21 is market for teens, but I clean house on inexpensive accessories. I got this adorable watch bracelet on clearance for $2 and along with my $2 silver hoops, it makes the outfit.

Frugal Fashionista - two pockets on the front

And just in case you are questions the two pockets on the front, I went on a little fashion reconnaissance mission to make sure I wasn’t totally leading you astray. That blue Michael Kors shirt at the top is a mere $250 ON SALE right now. 🙂 The others are from Victoria Secret and Banana Republic, so we are all good on the pockets being up to date.

$3 yard sale sweater and tshirt

Last week’s Frugal Fashionista was all about Team Colors, right? Well, this $3 sweater is a keeper because it’s purple and it covers my thighs in the skinny jeans, which at this point is key. 🙂 No matter how much weight I gain, I always have skinny calves, so I highlight those and draw the eye to the smallest part of my legs.

Purple cardigan from yard sale $2

 Plus, this is just a super cozy and comfy sweater. I’ve gotten so much use out of it and paired with my $3.75 white Goodwill shirt, it’s comfort at its finest. The skinny jeans I got at the same time as the black pants above. I found them at the Gap outlet at Tanger, on clearance for under $10.

Have you read my 5 tips for saving big at the outlet mall? I follow them every time.

IFrugal Fashionista

I’m taking you back quite a few months.

When I first tried this on, I thought, “NO WAY.” It didn’t come with a belt, so I basically looked like a big old box. (See demonstration on the left,) but the unique neckline kept calling my name.

Frugal Fashionista brown dress

I knew I could do something with it,  since the price was right. Plus, I had just scored these really funky wedges at a yard sale and there’s just not too many things that go with them.  I found a wide black belt thrifting and it tied the whole thing together.

But guess what? It’s in the bag for Goodwill. It’s cute. I love the look, but it’s 100% cotton and honestly, I am not a big ironer, so after drying it, it’s a mess. I know that sounds crazy, but remember, I have a TON of clothes to go through and hard decision have to be made. So now I’m really going to be honest. When I gain a few pounds and wear this dress (like right now when I tried it on), the weight goes right to my waist and the muffin top pushes up over the belt. TMI, I know, but we’re all girls sharing our secrets here, right? 🙂

dress for less

$3 Green yard sale jacket. I even remember the yard sale I bought this at a few years ago, but now that I try it on, it’s heading to Goodwill. It’s cute, but something about the collar isn’t sitting well with me.

quarter length sleeves on jacket

Black Goodwill shirt. I still love it. It’s unique and I’m always about finding shirts with fun sleeves and this has them.

And yes, even thought the jacket has 3/4 length sleeves, I often wear long sleeves and just push them up, no one knows.

core wardrobe

Last decision for today is this coral summer shirt. It’s going to Goodwill. I love the collar, but this was a $1 yard sale find that doesn’t fit that well, so I’m cutting my losses. I like it with the white tank underneath, but honestly, I can’t close it. It’s too tight through the bust, and I’ve determined I am not going to keep half a wardrobe of sizes that I will never fit in again, even if I want to. I do keep about a ten pound swing on clothes which is fairly common for me.

Phew, that was a lot of decision making and to think that I’m just starting.

Won’t you join me for the Clutter Countdown Challenge? I’ll be posting more details on Monday.

Have you scored any Fun Frugal Finds lately? I’d love to hear about them.