Tuesday, February 17, 2015

17/59: Red Dress & Zipper Booties

I really like the look of shirtdresses, and I like this one a lot. It's from Old Navy and still available - and there are a couple other cute patterns. The good news for me: the low price, it comes in tall sizes, it's cute and comfortable and interesting but not crazy or a short-lived trend. The bad news? It needs to be ironed. I probably won't get as much use out of it as I would if it were made of a wrinkle-resistant fabric. 

That's something I need to keep in mind when I buy anything - am I willing to do the work of caring for the item properly? 

I have a confession, too. I bought some leather protector in the fall, but I still haven't used it on my boots! I need to read the directions and see exactly what I need to do, because I talk myself out of using it. Do I have to use it outside? Then it has to be warm enough to be out there, with no precipitation, and I have to lug all my leather shoes outside (well, obviously I could just take one pair, but I feel like I should get them all done if I'm going to the trouble). Does it smell bad? Is it safe if my kids are right by me when I'm using it? Maybe it's fine to just use it inside and I have procrastinated for no reason. I will find out by tomorrow night's post!

Anyway, it would be smart for me to only buy things that I'm able to care for adequately. I would feel so dumb if I ruined my beloved boots because I didn't spray on the leather protector. It's silly to have wrinkly clothes hanging in my closet and wistfully wish that they didn't need to be ironed, as I choose something else to wear. Add it to my list of lessons learned from my capsule wardrobe. 

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