Hello, my friends! If you guessed "closet clean out and swap-over" as my two-day activity while not at work this week, you were correct!
I also went for a Mental Health Walk, got groceries (uneventful and stress-free), and created my first outfit of the spring/summer season. It's been a busy couple of days.
- Dress - Styled by Adrian, vintage 60s, thrifted; last worn here in December 2018 with my trout shoes
- Shoes - Poetic Licence; last seen here in June 2019 with linen and leaf green
- Jacket (below) - Dolce & Gabbana, vintage 90s, thrifted; last seen here in June 2019 over my Spanish Ladies dress
It's a glorious vintage dress - one of those lucky "perfect fit" items that stays in my closet year after year.
here) and this is its 8th wearing, so I'm well under $2 per wear.
here, when I first wore it (my hair was shorter then!).
Ha, I wore this same brooch in the same place on the dress then! I still have every piece of jewelry that I wore with it in 2014, too.
Nancy of Nancy's Fashion Style (here) is doing a "Good Buy/Good-Bye" post on denim jackets, so I jumped at the opportunity to add a denim jacket to my at-home look.
Or slip it on.
I bought it in December 2017 and I've worn it 13 times - it was free on a buy-two-get-one-free deal.
The best part of the jacket?
And look at all those dome studs!
I did a "zigzag and dot" theme for this outfit in my accessories, to go with these earrings. You can see the cool raised green satin zigzags on the dress fabric here - they are outlined with sparkly turquoise thread.
- Earrings - vintage 60s, West Germany, vintage fair - purchased here for $10.00
- Brooch - Coro, vintage 60s
I enjoyed rediscovering some of my Fancy Purses when I did the closet swap-over, like this supremely cool studded purse. The handles are wooden, the green part is faux leather, and it's just studded on one side.
- Cuff - Alexis Bittar, consignment, Vancouver
- Purse - Melie Bianco, thrifted
I love a cool handle - this one splits open and holds together with magnets.
- Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes
As I was taking these pictures, I felt a pull on my dress.
|"I would like some attention, please."|
As you may have guessed from the fuzzy slippers, I didn't keep the shoes on. I did wear the dress all day, though, as well as all the jewelry.
|"Blah, blah, rub my tum, Woman!"|
And much tummy-rubbing was had.
And now, let's get into the Spring/Summer Closet Swap-Over!
Let's start with the exterior of the closet. This is after I've pulled all the stuff for the giveaway pile from behind the steamer in and effort to not look as messy for you.
And here is my closet. It's about the size of a small bathroom. I had it custom-built around 2007-8 just after I lost 50 lbs - it helps motivate me to stay fitting in all the beautiful clothes that I own.
I have a feeling I won't be doing a lot of shopping over the next several months, so I don't think I'll be having an overcrowding issue this season.
This is the right side of the closet, looking in. Short skirts live over my jackets. When it was designed, it was intended to be jackets over skirts, but it works better this way.
That also goes for the left side of the closet. Closest to the door are my blouses, long skirts and trousers, followed by the 6' "long hang" bar for dresses.
I dumped all the giveaway stuff on the benches in the dining room.
I started by pulling out all of the spring/summer clothes that I store in the closet. "But where where they stored?" you're thinking, "There's no room!"
I also pull out all my spring/summer stuff that I've bought over the last 6 months (some of which you've already seen me wear before I tucked it away).
I hauled out the vacuum cleaner and gave the room and the closet a good buzz. I was left alone for a couple of hours after that...
|"I am not a fan of the vacuum."|
I actually moved all the bagged/binned spring/summer stuff out of the way so that I could start folding the fall/winter clothes.
This is what's left in the closet when I'm done. I clean all the shelves and dust off the bars. I did clean the mirror, but I skipped the chandelier and the very top shelves, which I didn't feel like doing.
And the left side. Same here, had to store away more than this to make room.
These aren't all of my fall/winter boots and shoes - there are an additional 4-5 pairs to the left, behind the stacks of clothes (you can see them in the picture with all the hangers above).
Here are all my fall/winter shoes that were in my closet that I planned on keeping out.
When I was unpacking all the shoe bags, I found this bag...full of more bags!
I discovered, to my great anguish, that two of my favourite pairs of Fluevogs were damaged in storage.
Once I had unpacked that bigass tub above and all those shoe bags, it was time to get out the other three flat tubs. Out come the spring/summer stuff, and away goes the fall winter. Back under the bed for these three.
At this point, I was about 4 hours into the swap-over, and done with the vacuum, so Vizzini came out and started making a pest of himself, hiding behind the blouses and dresses (this is before I stored the fall/winter stuff back there).
|"Oh, yes, I remember this tasty item from last year."|
Once I had stashed all of the bagged shoes and clothes under and behind, he couldn't get in there anymore. I have to turn all the tied bags so that he can't chew on them, or dig into the bags and ruin any of my clothes. Vizzini-proofing my closet is essential.
And here are the "after" shots! The Tower of Power, starting at the ceiling, with my party shoes/the highest heels that I can still kinda/sorta wear.
A bigger shelf for boots, followed by the shelves of shoes that I wear the most, all the way to the floor.
Opposite, on the left, my walking/shopping shoes and boots are below the blouses, long skirts and trousers.
I store my belts in front of the mirror opposite the closet door.
A good shot of my poppy tile art above the mirror, and you can see a glimpse of the black saucer hat I wore the other day on the shelf above my shorter skirts.
And here are the jackets and blazers. The section on the right are all the new-to-me items that I haven't worn yet.
here, heh heh.
Oh, look at all these dresses!
Here's the left side shelves - the top shelf are my archive shoes, and fancy hats.
The bottom two shelves are the items I'll wear the most - they are the easiest to reach! Long cardigans, short cardigans, light/patterned cardigans, folded blouses that I don't have enough hangers/room for.
And below that we have blouses, long skirts and trousers.
And there we are! All finished, ready for me to shop my wardrobe.
I cleaned out both scarf boxes and tidied them up.
And I dusted and cleaned and rearranged the top of the lingerie chest.
I had to lock Vizzini out of the room as I finished up, as he started licking one of my new dresses.
|"Mmm, this fabric is delicious!"|
Vizzini! I can see your pink tongue!
I also packed away my heavier-weight scarves, gloves and toques, and hung up my lighter ones in the hallway on the coat-tree.
And lastly, time to swap my jewelry over.
Here's the "before" - like my clothes closet, my jewelry collection gets a bit messy over the season.
I emptied out all my containers and gave them a good dusting. I arranged them on Vizzini's bedroom scratching post (he has one in every room).
I like to lay every thing out and then put back everything I want to keep out for the upcoming season. It's a mess, but I'm very visual and need to see it all.
After a thorough dusting, I laid all the drawers out for my main jewelry box, ready for me to put away the spring/summer bits as I unpacked them.
Here are my additional containers, all loaded up.
I also have my Grandma S's jewelry box, where I store all my vintage jewelry. This is the "before" picture.
And here is the "after" shot - ooh, so many pieces that I'm excited to wear again.
Here is the "after" with all my spring/summer jewelry in its place.
I didn't cull much - I know my accessory style pretty well - but I still ended up needing an extra bag for my cuffs.
And now, my friends, I'm going to go get some quality cuddlin' time.
|"This is news to me."|
Vizzini, try to be enthusiastic! It's attention - you like attention!
|"I'm trying to care, really..."|
Ah well, I'm sure he'll be back bugging me soon enough!
Home organizing is an excellent activity for this time. It's surprising how often we find stuff we forgot we owned. Love the spiked purse!ReplyDelete
I'm not usually a big fan of it, but I'm always on time with my closets. I know, the spiked purse is awesome! Thanks, Ally!Delete
I'm having serious closet envy in tandem with a bad case of shoe coveting! Your closet is amazing.ReplyDelete
I just love the modern denim jacket with the vintage dress - so in keeping with the lines a matching jacket would have had, but definitely spicier.
What the heck is it with cat's and fabric? My cat also chooses random fabric to lick and he has a thing for chewing plastic bags (not eating thankfully). Such strange creatures.
And now I hope you're kicking back with your fur legged friend - you sure earned yourself a rest!
Aw, thanks, Nana! Clothes and shoes are my thing, so I have a lot.Delete
I do have a vintage dress with a matching jacket, but I rarely wear them - I've pull it out to ensure that it will get a wear this season! I liked the denim jacket too.
I don't know - Vizzini has always been a biting/chewing/licking kind of cat.
You have a wonderful blog! The topics you write about are very close to me. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!ReplyDelete
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What a lovely green dress. I love its print. The green shoes are the perfect pairing. That denim jacket is fabulous as well. The leopard lining is gorgeous. How cool that it is by - Dolce & Gabbana. You always thrift the most amazing designer vintage stuff. I'd take anything that's from vintage 90s. Such a cool period. That jacket is a gem for sure. A bit of rock chic goes a long way.ReplyDelete
This is such a fab outfit. The dress is really perfect. I love what you said about it how it is - one of those lucky "perfect fit" items that stays in my closet year after year. It's great to have clothes one's loves and can rely on, isn't it.
It is also fun to see you roam through your closet and get some work done. I'm actually pretty bad at folding things. It's like I have never leaned to do it properly despite trying hard many times. My mother does it so effortlessly and I always struggle.
P.S. I hope you'll salvage both pairs.
I mean the yellow and the green heels, they're both gorgeous.Delete
Thanks, Ivana! It's not a print - that pattern is actually WOVEN into the fabric (prints are put onto the surface of fabric). Glad you enjoyed the outfit. I know, I find (or I used to find!) so many designer items in the thrift stores! It's amazing.Delete
Yes, it's great to have those old favourites.
I did work in a couple of clothing stores for 3+ years, so I folded a lot of things! I don't fold now anywhere near as neatly as I did then, though.
I hope so too - I love both the yellow and orange (I think you meant to say) pairs.
Yes, I meant to say orange and yellow. I've never found any designer items second hand but then we don't have many thrift stores here. I know there are online stores where you can find second hand designer goods but they are quite pricey and the items are rarely vintage or old, most of the stuff I found online is fairy recent and not fun at all. Plus, I don't really have the patience to browse the Internet, I spend too much time behind the laptop screen as it is. Some day I might try it, though.Delete
That makes a big difference - we have tons of consignment and thrift here. I don't trust online - I really need to see and touch things in person.Delete
yes, it is easier when one is able to see and touch things for sure.Delete
There's so much crappy fabric out there nowadays - you never know what you get when you shop online.Delete
I bow to your organisation skills and wardrobe commitment, Sheila! I love your walk-in wardrobe and really enjoyed reading about your swapover, so good to see Vizzini helping out, too!ReplyDelete
Your 1960s Lurex dress looks so good on you, a perfect fit and great shape and those plastic earrings couldn't have been a better choice.
One day I WILL buy a steamer! xxx
I have a good system, Vix. Glad you enjoyed watching it all happen.Delete
It's such a great dress - yes, Lurex is that thread!
Seriously, a steamer has been one of my best purchases over the last few years. Get one!
Hurrah for your big change-over! I love to see the blow by blow account. It's such a rainbow of colours - I'm not surprised that you're excited to start wearing them all again. I loved that dress too from the start and thought that the denim jacket was the perfect ploy for a vintage piece - fab lining on that jacket too!ReplyDelete
I'm thinking that I'll probably get to my change-over soon. The wind is still very chilly here so it seems slightly early to be packing away all my cashmere sweaters yet...
Thanks for a lovely escape into your closet. Have a good day xxx
I'm happy you enjoyed it, Anna, thanks! I do love all the spring/summer colours vs. the darker fall/winter ones.Delete
I knew you'd love the studded jacket - I know, leopard lining is the best!
It's still cold here, but that's all accounted for - lots of layers for me at this time of year.
Congrats on your wardrobe change over, Sheila. Such an array of treasure! I'm blown away by your beautiful spring outfit today. The colours are gorgeous together... The pale blue denim and the aqua of the vintage dress. Plus those kermit shoes! They're a wow! I love how the little jacket dials down the dressiness factor to perfection.Enjoy the weekend.ReplyDelete
Oh, thank you so much, Juliana! I'm always relieved when the closet swapover is finished. Glad you enjoyed the swap-over and the first outfit of the season.Delete
That 1960s dress in divine, Sheila, and a perfect first outfit. Love the earrings and the shoes, and oh my, that bag! And the leopard lining of the denim jacket: I never expected that! I bought a steamer back in December, but mine is hand-held. I'm sure it will come in very handy when I do my changeover. Now that I have time, I seem to have mislaid my energy! I am quite envious of your closet! What a fabulous amount of space you have when you can even tuck away your out-of-seasons clothes in it. Your swap does look like quite the amount of work, so I'm sure you're glad it's all done for another 6 months. I know I always am. But like me, you always have your little helper. Either sleeping or making mischief :-) Hope you manage to salvage both pairs of shoes. I'm always devastated when that happens. Have a lovely weekend playing around in your closet, it'll be a wonderful re-acquaintance, I'm sure! xxxReplyDelete
Thanks so much, Ann! The jacket is snug (I bought it tight), but I love it as a coverup/layer this time of year. I have heard that the hand-held steamers are not as good as the big ones - I do love mine.Delete
It's a great closet, isn't it? A nice size and it's all laid out very efficiently. It's always a relief to be done, though. I'm looking forward to making new outfits! So fun!
Happy weekend to you, my dear!
Whoooo, I want to live in your closet! Wow, I thought I had a lot! Gosh woman, I'm jealous. I love the outfit btw, the shoes are amazing. I love green and blue together! How nice that you mentioned my blog, thank you darling.ReplyDelete
Thanks so much, Nancy! It helped that you sent a reminder for Good Buy/Good-Bye!Delete
Serious, and I mean serious, hat doffing going on, dear Shelia. You did fantastic!!!ReplyDelete
I'm really sorry about your shoes didn't come through storage in the best of shape. In all seriousness, if crayons don't do the trick, what about splatter painting them with acrylic or another suitable paint in whatever colour(s) you desire, so that the undesired transferred colours simply look like part of the cool Pollock-worthy pattern?
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Oh, thank you so much, Autumn - the timing with COVID was actually really good, that I could do the swap-over over two days instead of my usual crazy rush on a weekend day.Delete
That is a FABULOUS idea! If they are ruined, then why not try something else? You're so smart! thank you!
What a mammoth feat that is! I am so impressed at how organised you are and everything is. I am also very envious of your closet space! I wish I could organise my jewellery into summer and winter wear; but I don't know what criteria I could use to separate them.ReplyDelete
Vizzini is so weird but so cute....
I love your outfit. The dress is beautiful and I love the shoes. They look very comfortable. The jean jacket is the perfect jacket with the dress.
It is a HUGE task, Vronni! Thank you - I love my big closet. For jewelry, I keep most of my coloured stuff out in the spring, and darker things in fall. Once you start looking at your accessories this way, it becomes much easier.Delete
He is both weird and cute.
Thank you, my dear! I so appreciate it.
Oh wow and the closet swap has been finished. It's surely hard work.ReplyDelete
I have seen your trouser collection grow over the years, I remember before you had very few pants.
I am totally admiring the organization and all the colors that i look forward to see you wear in the following months.
Have you ever done an inventory?
It really is - my hamstrings are still sore many days later. Yes, you remember when I only had a couple of pairs!Delete
No, I haven't done an inventory - I have as much as I want and need, and I don't need to count them. Although I know my shoes are around 80+ pairs.
Wow!! That was an incredible amount of work! Time for a relax for sure. Love the green spiked purse and the studded jacket with leopard lining. Awesome Kermit shoes too. The whole closet and everything in it is awesome! Now I'm motivated to do my closet too.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Cheryene, it really was! Thank you - I liked that as my first outfit.Delete
Ooh, have fun - I love poking in other people's closets.
Your blue vintage dress is indeed glorious.ReplyDelete
Ooo I loved having a look in your wardrobe, what a fabulous place to have fun playing dress up!
And wow, what a massive swapover! Good on you for getting it all done.X
Does it look blue to you? It's a very pale green (almost white) with green zigzags outlined in turquoise.Delete
Thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed it! It's so fun to play in the closet when it's organized like this.
I always love seeing your change over posts! It's interesting seeing the different clothes you have and how you organise things!ReplyDelete
You mentioned that you aren't expecting to do a lot of shopping - apologies if I missed this already, but this this because the stores have closed down? Here in Australia our opshops (second hand shops) have all closed down due to the virus. One I follow is trying to post things on facebook but I'm never fast enough at seeing it to get any of the things we could use, haha!
Thanks, Mica! It's quite a bit shift from one season to another.Delete
Yes, no thrift or second-hand stores are open, only "essential services" - I won't buy anything online, so I'll be shopping my closet until stores re-open.
woww, I love so much your 'swap-over' posts, it's so nice to have a look at your closet before and after!. And I always admire your shoes collection and the huge amount of hungers and boxes you have to manage. Hard work!ReplyDelete
But it's lovely to see all the colors, the new items and the old favourites (I've spied some fab shoes ready for the spring season!).
And so lovely dress you've worn to inaugurate the Season!, looking fab in it!, love how the color match your glasses and how cool it looks with the bag and the denim jacket!. And kermit shoes rock!
It's fun, isn't it, Monica? It's a lot of work, but always worth it. I love having a whole "new" closet of clothes to play with.Delete
Thank you, my dear! That's why it's one of my favourites!
This post took me a while and I am so pleased to see someone who is even worse than I am. In the sense that you have A LOT of everything. You are more methodical though. I have things more through one another. And the shoes! People often ask me: "How many shoes and boots do you have. Do you know?" No I don't, but you have more haha. Mind you, I am not doing badly either.ReplyDelete
I take my hat off to you for al this work. My word, that was not an easy task,
Oh and the dress is stellar... sorryDelete
Thank you so much for taking your time, Greetje! I'm glad you clarified "worse", ha ha! I've a very organized person. I have over 80 pairs of shoes right now, maybe closer to 90, I think.Delete
Much appreciated, as it is a lot of work.
Thank you, re: the dress. :)Delete
Love the outfit! Great colors/patterns.ReplyDelete
I loved seeing your swap over. I'm one of those people that actually gets excited about organizing things so it was interesting to see how someone else sorts out their closet. It also got me thinking it's time for a big swap out/reorganization of my own... its so refreshing and exciting to have a "new" closet, it always gets me re-inspired.
I enjoy doing the swap-over - I love getting reacquainted with my spring/summer clothes and creating new outfits. Glad to inspire you to do your own!
Adrian! Very swish! That's a great dress and fantastic colour. The glasses and big white earrings look fab with it.ReplyDelete
Glad to hear you found little evidence of moths in your clearout; I hate the beasties. Ruiners of perfectly good clothes.
It's a really lovely dress - very well-made (fully-lined too!). Thank you so much, Mim!Delete
My PANK Gap wool motorcycle jacket got a bit chomped, but not enough to ruin it, thank goodness. I hate moths too!
I have always enjoyed your closet swap overs. They are one of the ways that the changing seasons and months are marked out for me. As you say, what will the world be like when you next do it? It's a time of great anxiety and uncertainty but this little ritual has helped me to feel more grounded xReplyDelete
Thank you so much, Fay! I always look back and look forward when I do the swap-over - it's good to reflect and then to anticipate. This is such an uncertain world right now, and I'm happy to help your peace of mind.Delete
I really like the vintage dress worn with the denim jacket - gives it a contemporary twist! I won't be switching out my Spring/Summer clothes for a while - it's still pretty chilly here. I am always impressed by how organized your closet and jewellery holders are.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Shelley! I like adding a modern piece to a vintage one to keep them both looking fresh. Sorry to hear you're still experiencing winterish weather.Delete
I'm a very organized person!
Love the whole look, thanks for sharing on #chicandstylish today. Jacqui xReplyDelete