Pink and Purple Paisley

This post is part of Patti at Not Dead Yet’s Visible Monday and Sarah Hulbert’s link party. Check out what everyone else wore today!

It’s true that I have a growing closet, but I wear what I own. Case in point: this paisley skirt. I bought it about 15 years ago, and while I wear it only once or twice a year, I like it and hope to have it for many more years. It’s a classic pattern and flattering cut.

paisley skirt

Tanks: Wet Seal
Cardigan: Swapped
Skirt: Le Chateau
Shoes: Aerosoles
Bag: Victoria’s Secret

Despite a large wardrobe, I am good about moving things out of it if they don’t fit, are tattered and worn out, or outdated. When things have outlived their use, they go to Goodwill, a clothing swap, or get upcycled.

pink and purple paisley

Do you regularly clean out your closet? What do you do with your castaways?


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13 responses to “Pink and Purple Paisley

  1. Love this skirt, and I can see why you enjoy wearing it — you look terrific! I purge my closet frequently and keep it fairly small, but then I have only a small space for it : > Thanks for linking up!

    • Keeping a wardrobe small ensures you see what’s in it and make the most of what you have. It’s a good strategy. Sometimes I ask myself: “Would I buy this now if I saw it in the store?” If not, I should probably donate it.

  2. Jean, 15 yrs ago? Wow! It looks so current!
    You look wonderful in your gorgeous skirt!
    I clean out my closet every season…I donate some and give to my sisters & daughter if they find something they like. 🙂

  3. Looking good!! Lovely skirt, very pretty! I have always liked paisley ever since my brother bought a paisley shirt in the 60s. It’s a truly timeless pattern.

    I organize my clothes periodically but I rarely get rid of things because I like the things I buy. Like you, some clothes I only wear once or twice a year. Since I have stayed the same weight through the years, my clothes still fit. Sometimes I have made alterations or changes. When I do part with items; I give them to friends, donate them or take them to a consignment shop.

    I also upcycle. You might remember in the Sound of Music, Maria upcycled drapes into play clothes, and in Gone with the Wind, Scarlett upcycled velvet drapes into a beautiful gown. Well, I am upcycling a skirt into curtains! 😉

    • Paisley is a wonderful pattern! I might do a post about it. THe design is persian but it’s named after a Scottish town. There’s an interesting story there!

      I can’t wait to see your upcycled curtains. I’d never thought about how characters in at least two movies (and the spoof on the Carol Burnett Show) have used curtains to make clothes.

  4. I love pieces like that — worn only occasionally but for years and years! It feels special every time you wear it.

  5. Sigh! I currently have a bag of such items that I am having a very difficult emotional time parting with. I help people edit their wardrobes for a living, yet I get all sentimental when it comes to doing the same in my closet. Maybe you could come over and talk me down, Jean! Looking great as always!!! ~Sarah
    P.S. Thanks for linking up today! It was just co-hosting someone else’s party, but I’m considering starting my own. Hmmm…

    • I share your sentiments, Sarah! My clothes are more than fashion statements or just something to wear. They have sentimental value and each outfit has a happy memory in its fibres!

      I am not a good influence for you because I will convince you to keep them. Wash them (it’s important that everything is fresh washed before you store them) then put them in a clear container (sort of a time capsule) and store in a cool, dry place. Someday in the future, you will look through and find treasures! 😉

    • I could talk you down and you could talk me down. It’s funny how when it’s our own things we can justify keeping them. I was glad to link-up and hope you have your own link party.

  6. Yes, I clean out my closet probably twice a year and give the clothing to local charities. Like your paisley skirt.

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