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07 July 2014

Doesn't Make the Cut



Before you start gushing over how beautiful I am in this dress (sarcasm fully intended)...it failed to pass the test required to make it to China, on many counts.

1) Clearly, this dress isn't professional wear, so I couldn't wear it to work.

2) It was a free hand-me-down. I tend to be less emotionally attached to clothes that I didn't pick out for myself.

3) It's made of plastic, or it feels like that anyways. If you've ever lived in the tropics you know that wearing plastic is not ideal.

4) No sleeves. I prefer sleeves--my shoulders are nothing to write home about.

5) The dress is pastel yellow. I have nothing against pastels in general but they aren't the best colors for me. If you notice, the dress very nearly blends into my skin. Apparently, I have pastel skin...which is why I'm not in love with a pastel dress!

All of these factors combine to determine that this dress will not be with me much longer. I will leave it in order to make room for a dress which is a little more well-suited to me, like this one.

The denim capris, on the other hand, are definitely coming with me. It's not easy to find comfy jeans that fit perfectly, and the length makes 90 degree weather quite pleasant indeed.

The decision about the shoes is still up in the air. They were cheap, $4 from the children's section of Target cheap, and they aren't incredibly comfortable, but they are sparkly pink ballet flats, so they have that going for them.

Moving somewhere is one of the best remedies for getting stuff that you like but don't love out of your closet!

p.s. I don't have small feet. I usually wear a size 7, sometimes 7.5. But apparently children's sizes are larger than you would think, because these are a 4. So women with average-sized feet like me might find it completely possible to buy cute and colorful shoes from the children's section for less money. I can also fit children's Chacos, which are about $30 cheaper than Chacos for adults--bonus! Have you ever tried shopping in the kids' shoe section?
The Lady Okie said...

I know what you mean about a certain color not looking good on you. This is why I can't wear red, even though it's one of my favorite colors. My naturally red complexion ruins it. But I always get compliments when I wear blues and greens. Also, I've never tried shopping in the children's section, but maybe I should start! I wear am 8.5/9, though, so I don't know if that would work...

Carolynn Markey said...

Wow. I would find it so hard to pick through my clothes! If I was moving my suitcase would be full of clothes and yarn. :) Are you going to do a "whats in my suitcase" post? I'd love to see!

Inge Jane said...

You should do this for some of your other clothes that you aren't taking with you; give them one last hurrah on the blog! I was thinking at first that you must have really teeny feet, so that clarification was good haha.

Meg said...

Yes! Love being able to buy kids shoes!!!

Bekah @ re•solve said...

that's a shame. the dress is adorable...but i'm with you on no plastic in the heat!

Jamie said...

Ive never looked at the girls shoes before. I'm going to try next time I'm in target!

Debbie Stinedurf said...

I often check the kid's department for shoes...and sometimes for tees and tanks too.
Debbie
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A.k.a. Chymecindy said...

I sometimes check the kids shoes department too. I am small and can wear kids size shoes and clothes.

Haley said...

The denims have to go with you. They look very You under any dress I've seen you sport on this here bloggy. You guys must be leaving soon.... Very exciting...!

Kari said...

I always thought kids shoes would be too small for me, but now I better go check the kid section out at Target! They always have the cutest styles:) I hear you that plastic material in the tropics would not be ideal:)

Angi said...

I don't look good in yellow either...orange is even worse on me. I do like the shoes and think you should keep them...flats can be shoved into any corner of a suitcase and generally survive just fine. ;) I never thought about wearing kids' shoes...and I've been wanting a pair of Chacos forever. I normally wear about a 7.5 as well...8 if it's heels but sandals, I can get away with almost a full size smaller usually. You're a genius.

Marlen said...

Ohhhh yes, once it's time to move i get SUPER cut throat with my closet. Because I absolutely hate packing and I want less of it, haha. I've never been a fan of pastel pale, period. I dunno what kind of skin color you have to have to pull that one off. And how fun that you're moving to China!! I feel like you're always going somewhere cool :)

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Charlotte said...

Well, I have size 5 feet, so I often try on shoes from the kid's section. So I very relieved to hear someone else voice my concerns that kid's sizes are bigger than adults! I've been very confused why I don't fit into a kid's size 4... they're huge! And wide!

But, I do have a rocking pair of Spiderman sandals from the boy's section of Wal-Mart. I get lots of compliments on them.

Suzanne Carillo Style Files said...

Ha! No I haven't tried shopping in the kids section, but they would be cheaper than the ladies.

I agree about the choice on the dress BTW.

bisous
Suzanne

Lauren Michelle Major said...

I think the choice with dress is wise. When I go through my closet (normally) I throw out anything I haven't worn more than once during the year. I make exceptions for formal wear. That other dress you linked to is so cute and perfect on you! And those capri's do look great on you. It's so exciting that you are going to china! Good luck on the clothing decisions!

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Angela said...

The Target kids shoe section is my jam! I had some black ones just like those! Can't beat the price either. :)

Elegance and Mommyhood said...

Though I like the Chinese inspiration and silhouette of the dress I think you made the right choice. Maybe if it was in a bright bejeweled color. Also, I too wear about 6.5 or a 7 in shoes and can fit into a lot of kids sizes often. Weird.

Happy Monday and Happy (rest of) packing Rachel. =)

Haley Brianna said...

Yes! Kids shoes for the win! :) Same here. :) Love your blog, Rachel!

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Nina W said...

My Chacos are kids Chacos!

Samantha @ Elah Tree said...

I remember finding cute kid shoes. I haven't shopped the kids show section in a while though. I should check it out again!

AwesomelyOZ said...

Lmao it's amazing I was just thinking "you have small feet" when you said "p.s. I don't have small feet" - so you answered my question thanks. I haven't shopped at the kids department but now you've sparked my interest and will have to hehe at least for comfy casual shoes.. Thankfully there are no heels for kids - I'd be concerned about our Culture if there were stilettos for girls. Hope you're having a fun time cleansing your luggage of what isn't needed :) Have a great one Rachel! -Iva

Anonymous said...

Lovely Chinese silk inspired dress, I think it's cute on you. Wow! Size 4 at Target for $4 craziness!

Paige Gunter said...

Yes, yes! When I was a child. ;) No, I have huge feet. It would be impossible to even consider it. Actually, I did not think 9 was so large until one of my managers found out one day and then spent 30 minutes exclaiming again and again how irregularly large they were. Such a sweetie. That is awesome that you can save so much!

Martha Woods said...

Congrats on culling your closet! I know what you mean about liking some colors but not liking to wear them. I like yellow on other people but not on me--with my really pale skin and dark red hair, it just looks odd. Also chartreuse, and most purples. Just not good for me.

Rach @ This Italian Family said...

WHAT?! Kids shoes fit a ladies 7.5?! That's crazy. They really are so much cheaper. I wear a size 9 so I'm pretty sure there are no children's sizes I can fit into, but I'm also pretty sure that I'm totally going to try them out just in case. ;)

Whitney @ EHFAR said...

There's no way that I could fit into a child's size shoe. I usually wear a 10 and sometimes an 11, depending on what type and how they are made!

Erika T. said...

I always make a run through the children's shoe section and even find pairs that are too big. I do have small feet, a size 5 woman's and this is usually the equivalent of a 3 - 3.5 kids. And I still forget that a child's 4 - 5 is way bigger than an adult 5 and manage to try them on just in case every single time. Having small feel is a real pain to shop for most of the time.

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