January purchases and contemplating some future wardrobe additions

January shopping highlights

A few marginally successful eBay sessions resulted in some spending money for me, so in January I purchased the following items:
  • Veronika Maine vibrant blue silk blend tank
  • Etoile Isabel Marant faded khaki linen blazer
  • Etoile Isabel Marant Ariana knit jacket (pictured above)
  • A.P.C. striped boat neck knit (pictured above)
  • SABA silk front white tee (this has proven to be an awesome staple!)
  • Missoni grey toned zig-zag infinity scarf
  • Witchery sleeveless gather dress
  • J.Crew black and white silk boy shirt in heart throb (pictured above)
  • J.Crew red mini skirt 
Hopefully the J.Crew pieces fit.  They are sitting at my US parcel forwarding address while I wait for one more parcel to arrive.  I have loved the black and white heart print blouse from day dot and the red skirt appeared long enough for work, but we'll see.  Fingers crossed.
I'm sort of at the point now where I justifiably cannot buy any more discretionary clothing items without afterwards checking myself into a rehab clinic. Slap me if I tell you I have no tops to wear to work, as I have worked hard to fill this particular gap this Summer.  I just need to get into the habit of regularly steaming and ironing.

The gaps in my wardrobe are now blatantly obvious and I will focus my energy now into filling these. My major wardrobe gap is work suitable bottoms (skirts and trousers)
I seem to have a lot of average fitting pants and skirts.  Come Winter, I will need some new work dresses.  Some of my favourites that I have been wearing for the past two years are looking tired.
I would also like new pair of knee high boots this Winter (incidentally a pair I have been stalking just went on sale), and I would not say no to a new pair of leather ankle boots (maybe tan?).

My black J.Crew ballet flats are looking a little battered too as I have started walking to and from work a little more, but I do not change into sneakers.  No longer do I look down at my feet and feel polished. This must be fixed ASAP. 

I also have a wedding to attend in mid-March, if I can I would like to avoid buying something new, but we'll see.

20 comments:

  1. It may be worthwhile to find a tailor/seamstress to alter your work bottoms. I've done this with great success that I don't have to buy work pants for the foreseeable future. I pick pants that fit me in the waist with slant pockets, and have my tailor re-cut them to the silhouette I like, basing the measurements off a pair I already have. Yes, it's an extra expense but it can save you money in the long run by buying and replacing "almosts."

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    1. This sounds like a great idea, but the problem is that I have no perfect pair to base the alterations on.

      I've said it before... if I could find work pants that fit like my fave jeans (Nudie High Kais) that were not jeans like, I would be a happy woman indeed.

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  2. Have you tried using shoe polish on your shoes? I find it helps a lot! HAHA and I know the feeling, mine is always I don't have any skirts to wear, until I remind myself that yes, yes I do. I have a list of some rather basic essentials, and looks like I might be going to CR today to pick up a couple knitted jumpers and whatnot from the spend and save. So dangerous!

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    1. The J.Crew ballet flats are suede... they are just looking really sloppy now.

      YOU DO HAVE SKIRTS TO WEAR! Your wardrobe is awesome... but I hear what you are saying.

      You are lucky if the CR knits look good on you... I loved them and tried them on but looked like an overfilled woollen bean bag. I've determined that regular loose fit knits and big bazoombas do not go together.

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  3. I find that yoox is a really awesome place for buying high quality bottoms at low(ish) prices. For some reason, that seems to be the category that lingers around (and thus get the most price cuts) on their site.

    ps. I have that same APC stripe sweater and it's awesome! Definitely a keeper.

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    1. Happy to hear that you are loving the APC sweater. I cannot wait for Winter to start enjoying it :)

      I think that buying tailored bottoms online would be too much of a risk in my case... what hope do I have if I can't even find any that fit in a bricks and mortar store?

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  4. Ooh I like the sound of your new purchases and am particularly envious of the Marant pieces. Maybe this year will be the year when I get to add a piece to my wardrobe. I'm not really sure if I have any gaps but I can always find some if pressed :o) I did just ebay out my Topshop Ambush boots so I guess I have a gap for a pair of substitute ankle boots. Gosh - I can talk myself in to anything.

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    1. Sell on eBay and save your pennies for a Marant piece or too... I'm still shopping using eBay funds :)

      I can always find gaps too *sigh* I was just thinking the other day if the day will ever come that I'm happy with the state of my wardrobe?

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  5. Love the purchases! LOVE the Etoile jacket. Does that have cropped sleeves? I was looking at the similar one on NAP but for my orangutan arms I can't do cropped sleeves.

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    1. Yes it has bracelet length sleeves :)

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  6. love your purchases, especially the striped top and heart-print top. gorgeous! x

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  7. Really cute all.

    xoxo

    www.sakuranko.com/

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  8. Like you, I've just identified a few gaps in my wardrobe, namely winter gear because it has been such a long and bitterly cold winter. The problem is all the stores have moved on to spring/summer collection and I need thicker coats and more knits!

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    1. Try some of the Australian online stores :P

      I know what you mean though - it's pretty much Winter mid-season sale time here whilst its 35 degrees outside.

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  9. Nice list! I swear by having my tailor alter items to perfection for me.

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    1. Maybe one day I work up to having my own tailor too :)

      I honestly think it's my slightly fat body - nothing looks good and a tailor can't fix that.

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  10. Oohh I really love the middle one! Please show us how it fits :)


    X http://everything-classy-and-fabulous.blogspot.com.au/

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