wardrobe chit chat

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Heading into winter it is becoming glaringly obvious that I have two girls who are very quickly growing out of their wardrobes! Coinciding with this realisation I’ve been inspired by all the #memademay tags I’ve been seeing on instagram and have been thinking (thinking) about how long it has been since I’ve used my sewing machine. (I’ve been doing a lot of crochet as you’ve probably realised!)

I’ve also started thinking about my post-baby wardrobe. I’m completely overwhelmed by the amount of clothes I have – stacked away in boxes mostly. Over the past six years of growing babies, breastfeeding, shrinking and growing again I have been everything from a size 10 to a 16. And I have clothes in every one of those sizes. I have worn so many different styles of clothing depending on where I’m at in my motherhood gig – breastfeeding, on the floor playing, running in and out to kinder drop offs, returning to work, spending time outdoors and so on. I’m reluctant to start cleaning out now while I’m heading towards the end of this pregnancy (always a dangerous thing as my pregnant self is an obsessed thrower-outerer, whereas my non-pregnant self is an obsessed hanger-onerer…), but it has got me thinking about how to consciously build a new post-baby wardrobe around all the things I have come to value: good quality, ethical produced, handmade, and suitable for life with three (Did I say THREE!) small kids.

I just read this post (thank you!) and have become seriously inspired to think more about what I am hanging up in my wardrobe, and how to go about getting from A to B. At the moment I am in that place where I just make and/or buy things based on a whim, without any real thought as to whether it is something I need or something that would be valuable over the long term, or whether it fits in with any of my other clothes (let alone my values). I also wear things out of necessity, rather than wearing things based on a style I actually like or think suits me. I have no idea what my style really is underneath all these maternity garments.

Over the coming months as my body slowly works its way back into it’s (new) normal state I am going to expand on these ideas. I wonder where it will take me! Join me on pinterest if you like, I figure that is as good a place as any to start brainstorming.

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2 thoughts on “wardrobe chit chat

  1. Ben bought me one of those Westfield styling sessions for a birthday after I’d finished growing babies and it was SO great. I’m anything but a style guru and I really don’t love shopping, but it gave me some really good and practical tips for buying future clothing. I grew up in a large, very budget conscious family, so tended to buy a large quantity of cheap things, but I’m much better at buying a few classic, quality items these days. I actually don’t have a huge amount of clothes (the post-last-baby maternity clothes giveaway was quite liberating ;)) but I know that I do wear everything in my wardrobe.
    (PS. Did you see Jodi’s recent post on Practising Simplicity? http://www.practisingsimplicity.com/2015/05/essentials-for-breastfeeding-and.html
    PPS. Thinking of you lots in the leadup to your new arrival, despite my lack of comments on the blog xx)

    • Thanks lovely! I am also so excited about a big maternity-clothes hand on after this baby 🙂 It must feel so good! I definitely don’t wear everything in my wardrobe, lots of work to do there. Sounds like you got some great advice – it is so easy to bulk buy shitty things when they are cheap, and I love the idea of making better investments in clothing, just difficult to know what to invest in! I love Jodi’s blog and will catch up on that post this weekend! Thanks for your kind thoughts, I have been absent from your blog too and am very sorry!!!

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