I'm trying to sort out in my head the types of clothes I should be buying and those that simply won't get worn - no matter what label, how cheap or how expensive...
Items I enjoy wearing
1. SKINNY JEANS. I wear these only on weekends and on causal days as I work in a corporate office. I'm especially partial to Nudie High Kais as there is nothing worse than sitting down in the vicinity of another human being and exposing one's plumber's crack. Unfortunately, my pair is a tad too small now, so a little diet and exercise is required. On a side note I've noticed that Nudie Jeans Co have recently reduced their RRP for this style in Australia - $199, down from $240... Not quite inline with US RRP but getting there.
2. BOOTS. In all shapes and forms. I have many that I don't wear anymore because they are too high and make my feet very unhappy. I have recently sold a few pairs and there are more which need to go and others which will be donated to charity once I bring myself to part with them (yes, I'm suffering from wardrobe culling denial again). Something tells me that time is now, given this week's outrageous boot splurge (post in the works).
3. BIG HANDBAGS. Especially for work. It's not like I carry around everything but the kitchen sink - but I like having the option. Importantly though, the bag needs to fit A4 in case I need to take work home with me.
4. DRESSES. What's not to like about putting on a single item of clothing and being most of the way dressed? 70% of the time I am wearing a dress.
5. LEATHER JACKET. I can tell I enjoy wearing mine because it's literally falling apart before my eyes *sad face* (I've owned it for many years). A new jacket will me on my US shopping list when I visit in the new year.
Items I dislike wearing
1. LOW RISE PANTS. I'm going to drive home the point. There is nothing worse than 'muffin top' and plumber's crack! I get both when I wear low rise pants.
2. TIGHT TOPS/DRESSES. Although I'm not over weight, I'm not skinny. I have a "cute" little pudgy stomach. It's always been there. I feel self-conscious when I wear tight fitting garments. So much so, I own a pair of Nancy Gantz for those occasions when I wear tight dresses ;)
3. VERY HIGH HEELS ON AN EVERYDAY BASIS. I used to be one of those girls who wore high heels to work EVERYDAY. I felt like the biggest dag in flats. Neighbours would comment that they knew my comings and goings because my heels would click clack on the footpaths. Sadly, sometime in the last two years my feet decided not to like high heels anymore (as much as I like them and think they look great), I only wear them when I go "out" now.
4. COTTON SHIRTS. Although they look wonderful on - I hate ironing, especially the sleeves! Surely there is an invention out there to make this job easier! Having worked in fashion retail during my studies, I found steamers to be quite good. A domesic steamer may be the next appliance on my home shopping list, as I'd love to wear crisp cotton shirts some more.
5. SHORT SLEEVED T-SHIRTS. Although I know this is classed as one of those "classic" items that makes up a basic wardrobe, I've never really found one that fits the bill. Rather than elude effortless style, I elude the look of I've-made-no-effort. The closest I have come to finding something that suits is the Dion Lee for Cue white tee that I bought a few months back. Not your classic white tee, but a white tee nonetheless - will crack it out come warmer weather.
Items I can't stop buying nonetheless
The one item on my dislike list that in the past I could not stop buying are high heeled shoes. I may or may not be a bit of a shoe addict... As a result I have quite the collection now! This year in making my ideal wardrobe resolution, I have vowed to myself not to buy anymore. If the shoe can't be walked in between home and the tram stop - it does not get bought! (There I said it).