Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Saturation Point

The title of this post has nothing to do with this dress:

I love this dress.  I wasn’t entirely sold on it when I first saw it and was still sort of iffy when I tried it on because I worried that it might be too matronly.  And perhaps it is, though I like to think the random yellow cuff keeps it fresh.  Either way, I absolutely adore it now.

In addition to the random yellow cuff (Mississippi Street Fair), I also paired the dress (vintage Liz Roberts, thrifted) with nude platform sandals (Banana Republic “Natalie”), a skinny belt (Gap) and square wooden earrings (Last Thursday vendor).

Image via Banana Republic

I especially like this dress because the skirt is secretly pleated and therefore secretly awesome for riding a bike in.  See?  Secret pleats:

Oh.  You really can't see very well, but trust me, that skirt is pleated.

Awesome as they are, the pleats also don’t have anything to do with the title of this post, so I suppose I should get down to it. 

“It” being the fact that my closet has reached it’s saturation point.  I have too many clothes.  My closet is stuffed to the gills and my poor dress armoire can’t possibly hold another dress.  In fact, this dress didn’t even make it to the armoire; it went straight from the laundry room to my what-I-think-I’m-going-to-wear-tomorrow hook. 

I blame Target and the thrift stores.  For example, both Value Village and Salvation Army had 50% off sales this weekend, and of course I had to go.  And I of course I had to buy some new vintage dresses and now I have too many clothes.  And Target?  In the past couple of months, I think I may have single-handedly helped my neighborhood Target reach their sales goals.

No more though.  I’m being forced into a “use it or lose it” situation with my closet.  So, I’m going to stop shopping (although I reserve the right to possibly shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale) until I’ve worn and/or gotten rid of every item currently in my closet.  Random 70s wear and sequined dresses aside, of course.

Wish me luck!


P.S. If you’re lucky enough to still have room in your closet, there is still time to enter my eShakti giveaway, here.


  1. Gracey, that dress looks gorgeous on you. As much as I love thrifting, I almost wish it was modern so I could buy one too.

    As per your overstuffed closet, have you tried selling your clothes to Buffalo Exchange or anything of the sort... ( http://www.bonvivantandabudget.com/2011/11/7-tips-to-master-art-of-re-selling-your.html )

    or having a clothing swap party? ( http://www.bonvivantandabudget.com/2011/12/how-to-host-clothing-swap-and-what-to.html )

    Bon Vivant + a Budget

  2. Oh I really like that dres. The pattern and the pleats! That was an awesome find. You look great.

  3. Good luck! I'm also trying to prioritize my closet today: my goal is to say goodbye to 12 items! Love the pleats on your dress, by the way! Especially with the "random" yellow cuff!

  4. You should totally have a blog sale! Between blog sales, Plato's Closet, and Buffalo Exchange, I've made a decent amount of money from my hoarding problem. Rehash (website) is a great place to swap clothes as well.

    Oh, and I LOVE THE DRESS. It looks fantastic!

    The Tall Blonde Artist

  5. Gracey this dress is gorgeous on you but the shoes are unbelievable. They make your legs look even longer and they look beuatiful with the dress. I have too many clothes too. I am slowly chipping away at the items that I need to purge. goodluck girl. How long will you not shop? dawn suitcase vignettes xo

  6. very nice dress gracey! i don't envy the closet overhaul, you will be doing shortly. of course you'll just be making room for the things you love only. ;)

  7. I love this dress Grace and you look amazing in it, the part about the secret pleats is so cute too and I definitely know what you mean about helping a store hit it's sales budget, lol. I'm trying to cut back too. Great post and those Banana Republic sandals are perfect for spring & summer


  8. I think this dress is goregous. The neutral color is wonderful and really lets the bright accessories pop against it. Adding that yellow cuff bracelet was a great touch. Glad that you got to hit some of the weekend sales!


  9. Not at all matronly! I love it lots. Your whole look is smashing.

    I'm right at saturation point with you. (For me, it's thrifts and TK Maxx, alas.) I'm taking advantage of the seasonal changeover to do some sorting, but holy cow, it's kind of disgraceful how much clothing I have.

  10. I went through this same state of mind a couple of weeks ago and swore that I could finish out the blog year with what I have on hand without spending another day in the thrifts. Good luck with trying to resist!

  11. Hear hear - I have TOO many clothes and am bored of them all. There are so many cheap shops in the UK that I just buy things 'willy nilly'! Here in NZ things are expensive so I haven't bought much but still have tonnes of the UK clothes I am bored of! LOL!

    You look super glam in this dress and love your side swept hair.

    Sadie xx

  12. That dress is anything but matronly, Gracey. I'm pretty sure it's one of the sexiest career dresses I've seen in a while, and it looks great on you!

    I had the same epiphany two weeks ago about my own closet and performed what I think of as a Merciless Purge. I filled up a whole trunk for GW, but saved a few suits (too big) for Dress for Success. I'm still fine-tuning the Purge, but am trying to wear everything left at least once before spending $ on clothes. If I do buy something, I'm sticking to this rule, "For everything in, something goes out." So far, so good.

  13. I want pictures of the saturated closet! We could compare stuffiness (how much stuff we can stuff in there)!
    Great dress!

  14. the pleats and pattern are GORGEOUS!

  15. I like the print and the bracelet is a terrific touch.

    You don't have too many clothes; you have too small a closet!

  16. I think the dress is great, and you wore it well. The pleats are a nice detail.

    Thanks so much for stoping by! Returning the follow!

  17. No, this dress isn't too matronly at all! It looks fantastic on you and I'm sure it would give it another look entirely if you paired it with a jacket or a skirt.

    Have you taken out all the fall/winter stuff from your closet? Agreed, it's the thrift store's fault that we have so many clothes... and maybe a bit of a shopping compulsion, if I'm honest.

    Cable Car Couture

  18. What a lovely dress. YOu look beautiful! The colors really suit you!

  19. I love the dress on you! Also, your hair looks super amazing today!

    I can hear you on the too many clothes... I decided to host a blog sale [that I'm still working on] and the thought alone is so relieving :D

  20. I can totally relate. I can got to Goodwill and score 6 dresses for $40 it adds up quick. I have recently sold a bunch of stuff on ebay. You might want to consider that especially for any brand items you might have. All that aside I love this dress on you! The print is all kinds of good and the neutral colors keep it cool. This one is a keeper.

  21. Amen- I go crazy at the thrift store sales (last Fri our SA had a 99cent sale- it was insane!) Time for a clothing swap to get rid of some of your clothes (or donate them to a great cause!) Love this dress on you, pleats and all and the simple accessories are really beautiful.

  22. Holy cow--that's an AMAZING resolution! I can't wait to see everything!

    This dress? Definitely a keeper.

  23. I am so there with you on this one! I just did a purge of my closet and got rid of a lot of my clothing on eBay but still feel I have a ways to go with getting my closet to the way it should be and not overstuffed like it still currently is. I've been on a shopping ban for new clothing since March but still thrift stores and antique shops are so dangerous for me - I recently left the antique store with a free bag of clothing a vendor just randomly gave to me because she didn't have room in her booth to set it up. Oh my, I think I to follow suit and apply the use it or lose it method to my closet!

    Thanks so much for your sweet comment on my blog Gracey! Glad I found you too:) xx Marisa

  24. That's the reason I started my blog. Not that I too many clothes, but I had too that I didn't wear. Now I've reached a point where I'm happy with what I have & I like everything in my closet. It's an amazing thing! (The down side is that I've stopped posting on my blog now that I've reach my goal). Good luck!

  25. I worry sometimes about certain articles of clothing in my wardrobe looking stuffy or matronly, but I need to pin this outfit of yours so that I can take inspiration from it. You look super glam! And the hair is so Veronica Lake that I want to scream. I won't, because it would scare Flat Tire, but I want to.

  26. Oh good luck girl! Shopping bans (especially when you're a thrifter) a lot easier said than done. I had this same problem a few months ago. I got rid of a lot of clothes (dontated them to my sister's thrift store) and made a lot of space in my closet. But several of our thrift stores have Saturday specials, and it is slowly filling up again. Yikes. But I applaud your effort and wish you well!

    This dress is hardly matronly. It is very pretty and I love the patter on it very much. The neutrals look great on you!

  27. This cracks me up! I just got done cleaning my closet out, and I swear it's even fuller than when I started! It's hard to resist the lure of thrifting and sales! In any case, I love the yellow cuff with this brown/neutral outfit. Super cute! Good luck!!

  28. I'm really crazy about this dress! LOVE it, you look great


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