Thank you for all the great feedback about the H & M wide-striped top. Wow! Sixty-two opinions in all.
Here is what I learned from you all:
1) I shouldn’t have to work so hard to make a simple item like this top look passable.
2) A wide white stripe around one’s middle is not flattering.
3) It should not surprise me that an $8.00 top is not made of quality fabric and will therefore fade quickly and shrink. Annie pointed out that H & M items often don’t stand up to multiple washings. I washed my top twice and the black is already fading.
4) Many of you mentioned that you thought it looked “okay” on me, not great. I agree. There is no reason to take up closet space on an item that looks just “okay”.
I appreciate everyone who thought the top was a winner. I came so close to keeping it. But in the end, I decided to lose it based on the reasons listed above. I will try black and white stripes again, but nothing as wide as the stripes on that top and it must be of good quality.
Also leaving my Use it or Lose it Zone for the consignment shop is this sweater.
|So cute on the hanger. So unflattering on me.|
I love it on a hanger, but on me it’s fussy. It doesn’t tie correctly and I always have to readjust it. Besides being fussy, it’s fuzzy. I have never in my life seen a sweater pill the way this one pills.
The last time I wore this sweater was December 11th, 2010. It’s been over 13 months! Time to say farewell.
And this green number has been on the chopping block for far, far too long. The final decisions came down to #4. It looks just “okay” on me. It’s got to go!
The J. Crew jeans I wear often on the blog have also been ousted.
I have gotten more than my $30.00 worth from them. A reader commented on a recent post that they don’t look flattering on me. I used my most discerning eye and decided she was right. I have never once felt great in them.
The Ralph Lauren choker shown below was not part of the Use it or Lose it Zone as I haven’t gotten around to my cleaning out my jewelry yet. But this large chain has been on my radar since my denim-on-denim post.
It didn’t lay properly last time I wore it and I wasn’t sure why. This time, I laid it out and repositioned some of the links before putting it on. That seemed to do the trick!
It’s was interviewed with an H & M cobalt blue ballet top, $5.00 thrifted sheath dress, striped stockings, and Clarks Water Row booties.
The choker passed its interview and will be staying. I have eliminated four items from my Use it or Lose it Zone so far. There are 12 more items left to interview before March 1st. It’s a long way off, but I have some hard cases in my closet coming up.