A checkered past

Do you believe the widely-held “wardrobe wisdom” that pieces you’ve not worn in a year will probably never be worn again??

This mustard-yellow checkered skirt has been hanging, virtually untouched, in my closet for over five years…but I’ve stubbornly refused to let it go.  Something about the colour appealed to me even before it became really trendy; and I guess I’ve been a fan of plaid for longer than I originally thought!!

So, my decision to “purge” a particular item from my wardrobe is quite obviously not based on whether I’ve worn it regularly or not…but rather, on whether I think I’d like to wear it again at some point.  And my instincts were right on the mark this time, don’t you agree?!  I absolutely love it paired with my graphic tee and quilted, faux-leather jacket!!

And now I’ll ask…how do you decide if you’ll hang on to a particular skirt or top or pair of jeans, dear readers??  I’m looking forward to learning your little tips and tricks!!





  1. January 26, 2015 / 2:22 pm

    First off, do you remember where you got the t shirt? A graphic tee in a v neck is so hard to find!
    I love the skirt and surprised you don't wear it more often. It's very "you" especially the way you've styled it here. I rarely hang on to anything for very long if I haven't worn it for two seasons. I put things in a bag for donation and if several months have gone by and I haven't missed it then out it goes!

    • January 26, 2015 / 7:15 pm

      I always keep my eyes open for v-neck tops, dearest Joni…I think they're just so flattering!! This particular t-shirt was a Winners purchase from a few seasons ago; I'm fussy when it comes to graphics, but the grey and white palette (and that neckline!) convinced me!! P.S. I do what you do with a donation bag for items I'm no longer sure about…if it's "out of sight, out of mind," then I know I'm okay with giving it away!! XOXO

  2. January 26, 2015 / 4:54 pm

    I'll buy something and forget I bought it, it could be months or years later until I notice this item I have bought and sometimes I ask myself "why did I buy this?" but then I start trying it on with something and then fall inlove all over again. I barely throw anything away unless it is old and got holes in it. I like to keep it just in case I do buy something that will match.

    This is a wonderful skirt and I am glad you found something to pair it with and all of this together just looks so great πŸ™‚


    • January 27, 2015 / 4:15 am

      I rarely throw anything away either, dear Kelsey and Kenecha…but I DO give things away; usually to our local Salvation Army. I enjoy the thrill of a new piece (or three!) way too much to stop shopping; and I simply don't have the space to keep everything!! As far as the "never worn" purchases go?? I'll admit I have a few of those, too…but like you, I know I'll eventually get to them!! πŸ˜‰

  3. January 27, 2015 / 3:09 pm

    Honestly, I'm the worst for hanging onto clothes. I'm always purging, and then surprise, own nothing!! But I will say, I never, ever… let go of my designer pieces – those seem to stick in my closet forever!! Glad you held onto this skirt Mon, it's incredibly darling and beautifully styled! xo

    • January 28, 2015 / 3:14 am

      Now that's a rule that I DO agree with, dearest V…designer items should ALWAYS stay!! And wardrobe purging is a fact of life for me; it's the only way that I can reconcile my love of shopping with my limited closet space!! ;D

  4. January 27, 2015 / 5:53 pm

    Your instincts were right on the money! Love this! I think maybe that rule works for some people, but for us who love clothing, we're more likely to give a great piece a break but then go back to it!
    Dawn Lucy

    • January 28, 2015 / 3:45 am

      Truthfully, it's probably a good thing that I don't have more room to work with, dearest Dawn…otherwise my wardrobe situation would likely be out of control!! But when you love a particular piece, it's certainly worth the "trouble" to hang on to it; and here's my plaid pencil skirt as proof!! XOXO

  5. January 27, 2015 / 8:47 pm

    It was a great decision Monika, I absolutely love this skirt and it looks perfect on you! I definitely don't believe that "wisdom", I always reuse old stuff even if I let it sit in the closet for a few years first :)) If I bought it it was because I liked it, right? πŸ™‚

    Bella Pummarola

    • January 28, 2015 / 4:09 am

      As with so many things in life, dearest Anett, finding a balance – in this case, between old favourites and new loves! – is key!! I couldn't imagine giving up shopping…but I also wouldn't dream of "ditching" those pieces that still hold a special place in my heart!! πŸ˜‰

  6. January 28, 2015 / 6:10 pm

    Well i go by a few rules, i try…
    If i didn't wear for 1 year, it goes, unless it'a vintage piece, i will keep it with the intention of wearing it some day
    Second rule, in and out – If i buy 3 new items, i get rid of 3, but like i say i try…and most of the time my closet is exploding!



    • January 28, 2015 / 8:46 pm

      I try to replace one older piece with every new piece that comes into my wardrobe as well, dear Ariane…but like you, I sometimes bend that rule a little!! πŸ˜‰ Definitely hang on to your vintage treasures, though!! XOXO

  7. January 28, 2015 / 10:07 pm

    Monika, I absolutely agree with you. I have a similar instinct and hang on to things that I don't wear often, sometimes for years, but I still love them and think that one day they will be just right for creating an outfit.

    On the other hand, I have some things that I know I should better donate – sometimes, the color does not suit me, or fit is wrong etc. I really don't have any tips, I just think it's always better to follow your nose as they say. And you have GREAT instincts about clothes, styling and fashion – some of the most amazing that I've seen.

    The skirt is great, it fits you to a T, and I love how you paired it – in a very "you" sort of way! xxx

    • January 29, 2015 / 6:32 am

      Dearest Natalia…you always leave the kindest notes, and I truly can't thank you enough for your support!! πŸ™‚ It's such a thrill to have an appreciative audience – via my blog – for all the outfits that I so enjoy putting together; it actually makes getting dressed for my days off even MORE fun!! XOXO

  8. January 29, 2015 / 7:32 am


    I made a goal to really evaluate my closet this year–like really weed it out. To help with this practice each day, I've been taking my pic at work and then on Friday's I rate the day with 5 being the highest. While looking good in the outfit is important, feeling good ranks right up there. If I feel confident, then it's a keeper. When I feel dowdy, items are being thrown out. So far, this Jan has proven to be a very successful month in weeding out my wardrobe!

    Here are . January's Style Stories: Work Outfits Monday Through Friday

    I love everything about your outfit. Don't get rid of a thing!


    Ann of Kremb de la Kremb

    PS I love seeing the Northwest fall leaves!

    • January 30, 2015 / 3:22 pm

      "A picture is worth a thousand words"…right, dearest Ann?! Your plan for working out the good and the not-so-good in your wardrobe is a terrific one; and think of all the room you'll be making for wonderful new purchases!! πŸ˜‰ Plus, I couldn't agree more about the "feel good" factor…I've worn some outfits that I know LOOKED just fine, but if I didn't FEEL it, then it wasn't a "success!!" XOXO

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