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Clothing Exchange

Photos by Ale Veyna

Outfit Details:
Floral Dress
Crocheted Bag (Handmade by my grandmother)

One of my goals for this year is to focus on being less materialistic, save money and make mindful purchases that will enhance my existing wardrobe. One of the first steps that I have taken towards this resolution is to get rid of clothes that I just don’t wear anymore. It is so much easier to make a list of pieces you need to add to your wardrobe when you have a clear perspective of what you’re actually wearing on a daily basis. Since I tend to be a bit of a hoarder and have had many items for years, cleaning out my closet took a bit of work; I sent a bag of clothes to thredUP last December, and just filled up a second bag this weekend. Even though I have been mostly working on getting rid of things instead of adding to my wardrobe, it’s much easier to find things to wear now that my closet is less cluttered.
Another thing that I did this weekend was participate in a clothing exchange with my sister Alejandra. If you’re looking to add a couple of pieces to your wardrobe without spending too much money, clothing exchanges are a great way to do that. Since my sister was also in the process of getting rid of some of her clothes, it was the perfect opportunity for us to look through each other’s piles one last time and take whatever we wanted. Both our piles were filled with clothes that just didn’t fit either of our styles anymore, but I was lucky to find this floral dress in Ale’s. I can’t understand why she’d want to get rid of it, but I’m glad it’s now mine!
I plan to talk about my own process of building a conscious closet in future posts and am working on a summary of my winter purchases for next week.  However, if you want to get a sense of what other people are doing to build a more conscious wardrobe, I would suggest that you check out the #ConsciousCloset series on In Honor of Design and Un-Fancy Blog.
As always, thanks for reading!
xoxo,
Helen
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  • Your dress is so pretty, I love it with your sandals
    xo
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  • That is a great goal for the year. Sometimes I get wrapped up in sales I end up buying something just because its on sale. More mindful purchases is a good idea! Love the dress.

    Sarah
    sarahjustinestyle.blogspot.com

    • I'm totally the same, Sarah! I can't tell you how many things I have in my closet that I bought simply because they were on sale. However, on my budget, I still have to do research and find the best deal even when I'm shopping for good quality pieces.

  • Yes!! I'm doing the same as well. I want my wardrobe to be full of timeless and quality pieces. I wish I had a sister to exchange clothes with! I don't think my brother would be interested in swapping for my dresses haha! Love your outfit though Helen. Such a fun dress!

    • Thanks, Katherine! I feel like many people that I know have a similar resolution. Now that I'm a bit older–and after a year of blogging my outfits– I feel that I have a better grasp on my style so it is easier for me to invest in certain pieces. I don't think I would have been able to do that a couple of years ago.

  • Cute look dear! Love the shoes! You look stunning! You can check out my new outfit post.
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  • Oh i love it!

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  • It's Spring time! You look lovely and so fresh in this floral dress. Amazing pics location too!
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  • You look fabulous and the weather looks perfect. Thanks for sharing and have an awesome day.

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  • You look really lovely! I love how this outft is really simple but has these romantic girly vibes with the florals, shoes and crochet bag! How cool that you were able to just get this dress from your sister's pile! Sometimes I feel like I'm really missing out as an only child 😉

  • This is such a pretty dress! I can't wait to start wearing summer dresses again 🙂

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  • That dress is so beautiful! I love the clogs with it!

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  • Adorable dress! You look so sweet in it and the shoes add a perfect touch!

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  • gorgeous outfit; love the dress (so summery!) and the shoes! summer days are close by!

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