I was inspired this week by Sue’s post about her intent to buy fewer pieces of clothing in 2018, and how that worked for her or didn’t. Something I’d not thought of trying ’til now.
Never too late.
I found the quick inventory quite interesting. You all might, with a nudge, remember that at one point last year I thought I might avoid buying anything at all. Not quite. Leaving out underwear, which after a detour into Cosabella I continue to buy at Target, I managed to acquire 19 new things. Here’s the list.
Five Pairs of Shoes
- Chanel ballet flats
- Common Goods sneakers
- Black ECCOs just like the cognac ones I wore in Edinburgh – SO comfortable and not expensive
- Nike Air Maxes for walking
- Hiking boots by Keen
Two Pairs of Jeans
- UNIQLO dino
- UNIQLO printed with small gold foil triangles
- UNIQLO black & white ribbed (the white one is in the wash, I wear it a lot)
- Skinny black “scribble” Dries van Noten turtleneck
- Skinny but not quite skinny enough blue floral J. Crew turtleneck
A Skirt Suit and A Dress
- Comme des Garçons skirt (top was a gift, skirt I found on eBay!)
- Dries van Noten dress (on sale)
Pool and Seaside Gear
- Bathing suit
- Pareo (I got mine in pale blue, it’s silk/cotton, falls beautifully, huge thumbs up)
- UNIQLO no-iron white button-front to wear with pareo as full coverup
Nine of these pieces were pretty darn Sturdy.
- Two of my five pairs of shoes are the podiatric equivalent of underwear. I walk for exercise; I alternate between Nikes and hiking boots, even when I never leave our suburban sidewalks. Comfort, she rules.
- Four UNIQLO tees. I mean, that’s what I live in. Their prints are edgy enough that I feel like I’m Artsy even when I’m not.
- Jeans, yeah, sadly I am no longer comfortable in my GAP 1969 jeans. Too tight. Ah well. But one must cover one’s posterior in public, so I bought one pair from Levis and another from A Golde. I do wonder, occasionally, if I will come to an age when I don’t feel right in jeans, when in order to get my little bit of style without having to make too much of an effort with hair/makeup and accessories I will have to wear different pants. Not yet.
- Waterwear. I need two bathing suits so I never, ever have to get into a wet one. Yuck. I need coverups because, well, sun? Occasional decorum? I admit I did enjoy my black J. Crew suit with that pale blue pareo and a white shirt.
Which brings us to things I bought solely because they were pretty, or fancy, or Fashion. First, two pairs of sneakers that I did not technically need and a pair of ballet flats I surely did not need.
- Black Eccos. I realized that these were the most comfortable shoes I owned, and they are cute. I had them in brown, so, similar to when I had to buy a second pair of Dickers, I bought the Eccos in black. All set.
- Blush pink Common Goods. Great color, but not very comfortable yet. I have to break them in, which seems antithetical sneaker ideals. And it’s harder to break shoes in as I age, because my skin rubs so much more easily. I’ll give them another summer to prove their worth, and then consign if they fail me.
- Chanel ballet flats. I got these as a birthday present, to wear with the floral Dries van Noten dress. I had very good counsel from a friend – I very much enjoy their ladylike look in my Polished Tomboy context.
Second, two outfits for we what might call “dressing up,” in my family. Both well-suited for daytime or casual evening events. That’s a Dries van Noten dress (I wore it on our trip to Hawaii), and a Commes des Garçons Tricot top and skirt. My brother gave me the top last Christmas. Obsessed by the demon Aesthetics, and encouraged by my millennial son, I scoured eBay to find something to wear it with. Lo and Behold, a groovy skirt. I wear it with my brown Dickers. Phenom.
Third, two turtlenecks. Someone asked somewhere what tops I’d wear with baggy jeans, the answer is “Tight ones.” The Dries turtleneck is brilliant and clingy, I adore it. The J. Crew turtleneck isn’t quite fitted enough for my purposes, but I might have it taken it on the sides. It’s cute in its current incarnation, I’d aim for, of course, edgy. Tight turtlenecks are very 70s, and thus au courant, don’t you know.
And finally, to what I did not buy, although I wear it most often: Loungewear. I’m still spending much of my time in these dang flannel pajama bottoms and whatever tees I’ve decided are too ratty to wear out the door. Anyone remember this post? About expensive sweatpants? Maybe I’ll just go to UNIQLO.
Those of you who work at home, or spend a lot of time on your sofa for one reason or another, what do you wear in situ? Any brands you might recommend? And do you keep track of yearly purchases?
Never too late.
Have a great weekend everyone.
None of these links are monetized, links on old posts probably are