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Jan 7, 2013

Good Clothes vs Bad Clothes

"It takes the same amount of time to put on good clothes as bad clothes." Stacy London

Thank you for all of the great comments on yesterday's post.  I love to hear from so many women who can offer "more to the story."  I also want to welcome all of the new readers!
I learned through those years the above lesson from Stacy London.  She said it on What Not to Wear and in her book, The Truth About Style.  Whether we dress good or bad really does take the same amount of time, but I also know that good dressing takes more thought.  However, it is this type of thinking that I find fun and profitable today.  I say profitable, because taking care of myself has filled my bank account of confidence full to the brim. 
In my younger days, I felt shame going to Goodwill to shop.  Today, I feel exhilarated...and enjoy a great treasure hunt.  By taking care of myself, my perspective has changed immensely about many areas of life.  Let's call it "healthy thinking."  Of course, clothing did not do this alone...but beginning to care again about me resulted in my caring about many things again.

This gold silk tunic from Chicos was purchased at Goodwill; the leggings are from Coldwater Creek; the silver r2 shoes are from Ross; accessories from Stein Mart.

Have a fabulous Tuesday, everyone!!


16 comments:

  1. Beautifully coordinated, Pam! The scarf, jacket and pants all look great together.

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  2. Lovely confident, smart colours in this outfit - very you!

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  3. I have always said that you are making a conscious decision of what you put on whether it is yoga pants and a sweat shirt or a pencil skirt and a button up.
    Why wouldn't you go with the cuter look????
    Brett

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  4. Pam, I needed this post last week. I'm ashamed to admit I wore really bad clothes for three days in a row - with no make-up - during The Teen's hospitalization. Stacy is right. In the same amount of time, I can pick good clothes and maybe pick up my own spirits a bit.

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  5. This is a beautiful, rich looking outfit. The background looks awesome as well. You look gorgeous, and you exemplify the quote with your "good" clothes!! I've loved thrifting ever since I went to my first rummage sale when I was 12. I still remember what I bought!! A pair of madras plaid patchwork shorts, perfectly faded. I was in heaven. They might have been 10 cents. Of course, that was a long time ago...:-)

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  7. Looking good means feeling good. Your outfit looks fab.

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  8. A lovely chic outfit, I'm of the view that you can't beat a bit of goodwill shopping, in fact the majority of my wardrobe was procured that way. x

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  9. You look wonderful! Blue and gold is one of my favourite colour combinations and it's so flattering. I've always been a fan of vintage purchases and some of my best loved items are from the UK equivalent of your Goodwill. It really shows how healthy you are! Have a great day!

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  10. I am so envious of anyone who lives near a larger city where they have great vintage shops and gently used stores. My town just doesn't have a good selection. I love that top you found at your local Goodwill. It looks brand new.

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  11. I wish I loved next to GOODWILL, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    Wonderful you, dear Pam.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  12. The great thing about a Goodwill bargain is that you can wear a lovely top like that casually without the price mentally forcing it into a only for special wear category.

    I get so busy saving things for good that sometimes all I'm left to wear at home is crummy stuff. How you look when you aren't dressed up says more about how you feel about yourself than when you are dressed up.

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  13. Hello, beautiful one! I love that quote from Stacy!! How true! She's great. xo

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  14. So true. I try to choose "good" every day, and feel better for doing it. You look terrific, naturally : >

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  15. happy new year, pam! i'm loving your gold blouse...and i do agree that dressing "good" does take more thought.

    i also like the idea of healthy thinking :)

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  16. Pam, those shoes are too cute! I really need to get thrifting.

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