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1. Are you a one-time wearer?
As much as it pains me to say it yes I am. Not with all my clothes obviously. My one-time wearing has nothing to do with blogging and everything to do with buying and owning a lot of clothes I never get around to wearing again. And I have a lot, and I mean a hell of a lot of clothes. I don't wear things once because I can't stand the thought of wearing something more than once. On the contrary, I have good intentions to wear them again but then a new season comes along and distracts me. It's not like I wear something once and throw it away. No no! I hoard everything promising myself I will wear it again! What actually concerns me more than the once wears are the ones I haven't yet gotten around to wearing! Yes, I hang my head in shame - I am a zero-time wearer. It's one of the reasons I started this blog, to challenge myself to wear the unworn and rarely worn stuff more. There have definitely been some successes but there's still plenty of mileage in there!
I'm pretty sure I'm not alone in my failure to wear one hundred percent of my wardrobe. I'm sure there are plenty of women out there with things that were bought and either worn once or remain unworn for a myriad of reasons unrelated to blogging. There are the things that seemed like a good idea in the changeroom that didn't quite work, the things that needed mending after one wear and never got round to being fixed (yep, had a few of them) and the things in which you had your confidence knocked back by an unkind look or comment when you wore it the first time. Or that special occasion you thought you had didn't materialise.
2. Do you feel the need to purchase something new for an evening out or a special event?
Yes. Continually. It must stop. When a special event or evening out approaches I am now repeating this mantra to myself "you have enough evening wear, you have enough evening wear, you do have enough evening wear". In fact most of my wardrobe one hit wonders are in the evening wear department. You'd think I had a red carpet event to attend every week looking at my frock collection. I don't!
3. Re-mixing is something a lot of bloggers are proud of being able to accomplish - are you a re-mixing pro or do you shy away from posting items frequently? Why?
My posting frequency on particular items is unrelated to remixing and is more related to whether I have time to take a photo and write a post. I have things that have been posted more than once, usually because they are foundation pieces that make up the base of most outfits. I've also posted the same dress more than once because I happened to be wearing it in a nicer location sometime after I posted it the first time and had better photos. And yes, I wear outfits that I like more than once. I don't believe that is a crime, but I might not make the effort to feature those in blog posts as it would be like telling the same story to the same friend twice.
I don't remix for my blog per se but reading other blogs does make you think more about mixing things up even if you have no intention of posting your outfit. Just visiting other blogs and seeing how people are wearing similiar items to ones you own is enough to wield an influence in encourage you to try something different yourself.
4. Do you have a clothing budget or are you an impulse buyer?
I am a dyed in the wool impulse buyer through and through. My wardrobe looks like five different personalities have been shopping for it. Sometimes I'll buy something just because I find it beautiful, because I love the design or even sometimes if I think it is collectible. I've gotten much better at budgeting over the years but there's definitely room for improvement! I've recently imposed a blanket ban on some items - evening wear being one, shoes I can't walk in, and anything black.
5. Do you find yourself bored when reading a blog in which clothing items are often remixed and appear frequently?
I can't say that I've seen bloggers wearing any one item so frequently as to make me say "oh she's wearing that old thing again - yawn!" and switch off. Most bloggers I keep up with seem to have a lot of clothes to play around with and the ingenuity to keep reworn items looking fresh. It wouldn't bother me if they did anyway. As someone who is guilty of wearing thirty percent of her wardrobe eighty percent of the time I can relate more to people who pull out a favourite item more than just a few times.