The Fight Between Fall and My Wardrobe

Today, I’m wearing an approximation of this:


A grey, sparkly sweater-dress (mine has long, baggy sleeves and a cowl), green tights (which seem to insist on falling down despite not being footed), leg warmers (black and argyle – more awesome than these), and my awesome fall boots, which I’ve just had re-tipped so I can wear them again. The process that brought me to this outfit this morning also made me later for work than I like to be and spiraled our bedroom into a disaster yet again.

I feel bad for my husband on the mornings I try to wear something other than a pair of black pants and a shirt. I get snappy and grumpy and complainy, and then get I mad at the dogs and then I get mad at the bathroom and my make-up basket. Mornings like these, I end up in front of my closet at least three times. Half the time, by the end of it, I end up in a pair of black pants and a shirt anyway.

As soon as fall comes around, mornings like these seem to get worse. My collection of long-sleeved items never seems large enough, my cardigans seem too big and shapeless, and my tights get worn within the first hour, it seems, of them being washed, and then buried in my laundry basket. I hate being cold, but if you looked at my closet, brimming with summer tank tops and skirts, you would probably never expect so.

Humour me, now, while I take a big step back from my morning, while I dissect my own childish, grumptacular, behaviour: we haven’t done our laundry properly in weeks, and if I actually sorted through all my clothes, I know I would find three or four sweaters shoved at the back of the closet that I haven’t worn in months. I have no shortage of clothes. Mornings like these, I know I’m not frustrated with a lack of clothes to put on my body. Rather, mornings like these, I’m frustrated by a choice the Husband and I have made together that sometimes, I wish we didn’t have to make at all.

We chose to buy a house when we were just starting out. And then, we decided to renovate the shit out of it. On top of that, we decided to pay the shit out of our mortgage. To just extend matters as much as we can, we then decided to save approximately 75% of our income so we can throw a second story on top of it. Saving so much of our paycheques each month means I don’t get an updated fall wardrobe.

I’m not going to tell you that I’m not complaining. I am complaining! I will tell you that I know I shouldn’t complain. We are ridiculously lucky to have enough income that we can save 75% of it. We are ridiculously lucky that we could buy a house so young to begin with. We are ridiculously lucky to not have to count our pennies every time we go to the grocery store. My lack of a fall wardrobe is not a problem.

But sometimes, on days like today, I wish it were all said and done, that our second storey was magically built and our mortgage inexplicably gone, and my whole paycheque could go towards fall boots and cozy knit sweaters. Please tell me I’m not the only one who turns into a spoiled brat when confronted by her fall wardrobe?

0 thoughts on “The Fight Between Fall and My Wardrobe

  1. Oh Nette, I so recognize this wardrobe frustration and the tantrums it causes.
    Have you ever heard of project 333? Well, it's basically this wardrobe solution that changed my life. I kid you not.
    You spend an afternoon going through your clothes and choosing 33 items that you will wear for the next three months. Then you box up all your other clothes and accessories and put them away while you try to live with the 33.
    You should google it. I thought it would suck only having 33 things to wear but what I really found was that it made my life so much easier. All my items are things that look good and fit well and there is a lot of mix and match stuff in there. I've done it through 6 seasons now and I will never go back.
    Food for thought! xo meg

  2. Can you go to Value Village (is that what we call Savers here in the States is in Canada?) and pick through and find some different tops/sweaters, etc? I wear sweaters & jeans nearly every single day during the fall/winter. If I did not do some selective used clothes buying (with coupons on 50% off days) I would be out of luck. I find that I am able to pick up anywhere between 5 & 15 different sweaters over the course of the fall/winter. I try not to spend over $5 each (used clothing) that way once I wash & wear if I do not love the item I do not feel guilt tossing it back into the donation bin. I purge my closet & dresser often over the seasons. So this is the method that works for me.

  3. I can't help you on your cold weather wardrobe problems, but just had to say I love your use of grumptacular … so … perfect 😉

  4. I feel your pain about Fall/Winter wardrobe, and I too live out of laundry baskets as my apartment doesn't offer enough closet space. Very frustrating

  5. I share the pain too. Instead of housing costs I have the I quit my corporate job with my cushy paycheck to earn less than the poverty level doing daycare while taking care of my own two. Clothes are fleeting, things like building your house and raising your children… those are the investments we should make.

  6. Oh boy do I hear you loud and clear on this topic. This is my every day…well not really, but when i really want to dress up I complain. I wish i had the wardrobe that everyone else seems to have…but then i remind myself I also have the house I love. And sometimes (just sometimes) that one is better than the other 😉

  7. Thrift stores? Clothes swap? Clearance rack? Don't despair too much! Even with a limited budget, you can definitely spruce up your fall wardrobe. I also find that investing in things that will be easily reworn (i.e. camis, t-shirts, long sleeve in multiple solid colors), cardigans to add color, and enough black pants to dress a sports team allow me to have fun with other pieces. I love my black leather boots but I wouldn't spend that same $80 on fun heels that I would only wear a few times. With the help of my sister, I've also been buying less "fun" or one-off items. If I can't wear it multiple times, I don't buy it or I return it if I make that mistake. I have a pair of black glitter heel pumps ($23 on sale) that were an iffy purchase but I've already worn them at least 10 times ($2.30 per wear!!). I also stopped buying summer clothes (that hurt a lot) because I can't wear them to work even in the summer. It sucks to reign yourself in but if you're already doing an excellent job with saving and mortgage paying, you just need to streamline your purchases to give you the most satisfaction!

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