And the Wrap Dress

October 14, 2016

I've recently been trying to "Marie Kondo" my closet and I suppose parts of my life. If you've never heard of her, Marie Kondo is a famous Japanese organizer whose method is somewhat psychologically revolutionizing organization.  Her method, the KonMarie method is essentially letting go of things that do not bring you joy or things that do not "spark joy." While I think this concept is relatively easy at first it tends to get more complicated. Her organizational method seems to have sparked a controversy as I hear more and more refuting arguments from NPR podcasts and Vogue columnists (this article was particularly fascinating to me as I am a huge fan of Florence Welch).
Letting go of clothes has never been easy to me. After my first summer back from college I stopped using my closet in my Mom's house. It became too much. There were too many fast fashion pieces that didn't resonate with me anymore. My closet felt like it was closing in on me every time I stepped in it. Closet quicksand. It felt like that scene in Sex & the City when Carrie tried on a wedding dress and she had an allergic reaction to it. That's what my closet felt like to me, mentally. I had started preferring to live out of a suitcase rather than hanging up my clothing in a closet that gave me an anxiety attack.

I faced this problem somewhat head on. I thought I'd start selling some of the clothes online using places like Vinted, Bib + Tuck (R.I.P), Poshmark, and now Thred Up. My Mom even offered for me to use a different closet (what a sweet lady), but I knew I had to face it, and clean it out. In 2015 the problem of my overfilled closet hadn't been fixed. Yes a lot of the stuff was gone, a lot of it surprisingly sold, but the space was still unused.
This time I got rid and sold every item I didn't wear to ThredUp. After I packed it all up  new monochromatic hangers were put in. Then I put in some organizational bins from Target into my closet. I was surprised at how easy the clean out was when I got rid of everything that didn't bring me joy (I also hated most of the clothes I still had). Still I had moments where I didn't want to get rid of things I wore from high school thinking there still could be a chance, but I let go. Before I started this clean-out endeavor I had even considered seeing a professional organizer. I'm glad I conquered my fear mongering closet by myself.

ThredUp has recently become one of my favorite online clothing resellers. Over spring break I sent two bags in filled to the brim and was surprised at the amount of money I received from them. It wasn't measly like what you might be offered at a boutique and it was upfront unlike Posh or Vinted where you wait for buyers to come and lowball you. What I love most about ThredUp is that they safely recycle your clothing that is unsellable- very important to me. However I'd like to note that they are now charging to safely recycle using $4.99 out of your earnings.
I bought this Diane Von Furstenberg for Neiman Marcus Wrap Dress with my first earnings! I have recently really started loving wrap dresses. Especially as I try to up my business professional wardrobe before I graduate from college. I have been needing a new business wardrobe as most of my high school business professional wear doesn't fit me anymore and also doesn't fit my style.

I really wanted a DVF wrap dress because they looked comfortable and so effortless. Plus how could I say no to the quirky patterns? I should be honest, I also wanted a DVF wrap dress for my professional and personal life because Lorelai Gilmore wore them so often on season 4 of Gilmore Girls. Lorelai wore a lot of DVF on Gilmore Girls actually! I'm so glad I got this adorable wrap dress. Whenever I wear wrap dresses I always get told I look so "put together" all thanks to you DVF!
I had also been looking for a simple, high quality, black clutch (other than Chanel) that matched with my watch and didn't break the bank. I found this perfect little J. Crew beauty on Poshmark NWT for, wait for it $10 (retailing for $68) and it's silk! It's absolutely perfect, and has a cute navy lining with turtles. I think I love the detail in the clasp, a little blooming bud. J. Crew always gets me.
 

 I never got a chance to post this Entertainment Weekly all over social media, but the revival of Gilmore Girls is one of the best things to happen to me. When I first heard it was officially, actually coming back I laid on my bed and thought, "My what a time to be alive." I grew up with Gilmore Girls and never tire of it despite seeing every episode at least 7 times. Thanks to the boyfriend for getting me this copy of EW!
So in the end I guess I'm trying to find balance to finding professional and stylish clothes, and keeping my closet organized. I hope I won't have to Marie Kondo my closet again though, for my own sake.

How do you keep your closet organized?

Wearing: Dress - Diane Von Furstenberg for Neiman Marcus (exact), clutch - J. Crew (similar), shoes - Harajuku Lovers (old), watch - MBMJ Baker, nails - OPI Russian Navy, lips - Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella

Photos by Alyssa Barletter Photography

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56 comments

  1. What a gorgeous dress. You look so pretty. Gemma x
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  2. I'm terrible at getting rid of clothes XD When I moved out of my college dorm I had a huge purge and donated a ginormous box to the Salvation Army. I still have so many clothes that I don't wear but still keep around. I've tried poshmark but I'll definitely need to look into Thred Up. It seems more convenient. Anyways, thi DVF dress is gorgeous! It's such a classic style that you know you can wear it again and again :) Also that J. crew clutch was such a great find! $10 for silk? It's a real steal.

    Hope you have a great weekend!

    Mili | Sharmtoaster

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    1. Letting go is so hard, I constantly just send stuff to Thred Up. It's therapeutic to send it away haha. Thank you Mili! J. Crew my weakness, love finding things NWT on Posh too.

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  3. What a gorgeous dress! I love that print so much.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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  4. Beautiful wrap dress! Love the print!

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  5. Everything is just perfect... dress... makeup... silhouette and the lovely shots :)
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  6. I love this dress and the colours are fab! Gorgeous photos hun xx

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  7. What a lovely dress!
    You're right! Letting go my dress seems like a nightmare, even though I actually never wore lots of them. T.T

    xoxo
    Caroline
    www.missoline.com

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    1. Such a chore it is! Shopping can catch upto you! Thanks for stopping by Caroline!

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  8. I don't think I've ever seen a wrap dress I didn't like! You look gorgeous, my dear!

    Paulina
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  9. I miss my long hair and loving your hair dear. You look beautiful in the dress and it is very colorful. wonderful for summer season. lovely post..:)

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    1. Aww thanks Mansi it was so hot when we took these pictures I'm so glad it didn't frizz too bad.!

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  10. Cute dress! You're adorable! I'm currently having a Fresh Sugar Rose Lip Treatment giveaway and will have a new giveaway every Friday with products from UD, Too Faced, Fresh, Hourglass, Buxom and more. You should come check it out!
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  11. You look amazing, hun! I'm totally in love with the whole outfit. You have a great taste when it comes to fashion! And cheers to the photographer who did a great job capturing your style!

    xo,
    Iga
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  12. I think the love-hate relationship with closets is something most bloggers can relate to. I struggle with letting go of pieces but you put it so well - time to let go of the items that don't bring you joy! I need to look into thredup for selling old pieces more. Thanks for sharing!

    Chelsea
    Chow Down USA
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    1. Its a great alternative, thanks for stopping by Chelsea. I try not to shop as much for clothes unless I see a long future haha

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  13. Beautiful dress, I love the colour and how if fits you so well.

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  14. This wrap dress is fabulous, so timeless! I love Thredup myself, although now with charging to mail the bag and the recycle fee there isn't as much room for profit!
    xo Annie
    New England Romance

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    1. Thank you Annie, I know its such a shame =( I guess you need some high items to sell sigh

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  15. First off, you look incredibly gorgeous in this DVF wrap dress! It was such a great decision, as it's not only perfect for your professional wardrobe, but can be worn as a skirt with a jumper over for brunch on the weekends! I've never heard of the KonMarie method to closet organizing before, I'll have to read more into it, it sounds rather interesting! Thanks for sharing, beauty, and I hope you have the best week ahead!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    www.thestylecontour.com

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    1. Thank you Jalisa! Ooh outfit inspiration thank you! It's interesting for sure.

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  16. What a gorgeous dress Sonia, I love those colors on you! I love ThredUp too and have found so many awesome buys there. I need to send in a bag to sell too. I need to follow your example and do a closet clean-out too--mine is getting out of control.

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    1. Thanks Mme! I've never actually bought anything from Thred Up I find their clothes are a bit overpriced, and Poshmark sellers accept my lowballing haha. I do clean outs like semi annually !

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  17. That is a gorgeous dress and you bought a good one for yourself. Is ThredUp an online store? If yes, then i would love to check what they have.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. Thanks Shireen! Yes online website, check it out!

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  18. Love the print here, lady! Gorgeous and vibrant!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  19. This dress looks beautiful on you :)
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  20. Loved reading this! I keep putting off cleaning out my closet and this made me feel a little more optimistic about it. I've heard about that organizing method and have been meaning to try it out! I'll have to check out the NPR & Vogue feedback you mentioned too. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! You are looking gorgeous as always.

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    1. Aww thanks for stopping by Jessica, my heart is honored and warm! <3

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  21. The dress looks so good on you.

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  22. Totally get you about the closet issues (: x you look stunning in this outfit, super chic and beautiful.

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  23. That wrap dress looks beyond amazing on you! that print is major!

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  24. You've totally convinced me to give thread up a try. I have a few pieces that I feel like I could sell and make a quick buck. I'll have to check it out. Love that wrap dress on you. Totally agree it makes you look so put together!

    xx Yasmin
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    1. Awh yay Yasmin! Quick bucks are always good ;)

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  26. Un vestido perfecto, me gusta mucho!! https://bohoclosetblog.com/2016/10/20/treatwell-beauty-bus/

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