Saturday, February 8, 2014

outfit post: february 2014 shopping wishlist


 


Over the past few months I've gotten a lot of questions around my shopping habits. How do I decide what to buy? How much do I spend? How frequently do I shop? I thought I'd try to walk through a few of these questions in a couple of posts to share my thoughts, habits & preferences with you for those who are interested.

First off - how do I decide what to buy?

The way I organize my outfit inspiration photos is to dump them in seasonal Pinterest folders. Basically fall/winter & spring/summer. Any outfit photo that contains colors, shapes, ideas or similar items to those that I already own and is even remotely possible to use for outfit inspiration get saved.

Oftentimes I find super cute outfits that I would love to recreate but unfortunately I don't own anything slightly similar. Those pictures get saved in a "shopping ideas" folder. Over time I will notice trends to the items in the shopping folder - pieces of clothing that I can see being used in a lot of different ways and owning them would add some specific dimension currently missing from my wardrobe. Those items with both multiple pins & multiple uses get added to my short list of things I keep my eye out for when I'm shopping.

I thought I'd share the items at the top of my current list with you. (I've already purchased three of them between when I jotted down items to list in this post and this actual posting.) The 'similar' links below are items similar to the ones in the image above.
  • White Blazer - I love that adding a blazer on top of basic boring clothing pieces magically pulls them all together and transforms the look from separate items into an "outfit". I currently own black, grey & navy blazers and basically only wear them for work. I have been wanting to incorporate a fun relaxed blazer into my casual looks and I think a light, bright casual white one could be a good jumping off point - especially for spring.  
  • White Pointed Toe Pumps - The addition of pointed toe black pumps to my wardrobe a few months ago gave lots of my favorite work outfits an updated feel. I think a fun pair of pointed toe pumps in white would do the same for some of my favorite casual outfits. 
  • Contrast Collar Shirt - I am always on the hunt for fun work clothes. My husband has a few button-down dress shirts that have contrasting collars and I think he looks super sharp when he wears them. Women's version of the same shirt were all over the runway - which means they will be popping up in the stores this spring. 
  • Printed Wrap Dress - These dresses always seem to find their way onto "50 items every women must own" type lists. They are great for work, social events and just being casually fabulous. I love DVF's patterns & colors but the price point is pretty steep.  
  • Neutral Sheath Dress - Some days my brain isn't functioning in the morning when I'm getting dressed for work and I lose all ability to think critically about what sort of impression a particular outfit will have. This often happens when traveling for work and I am very low on sleep but I need to look polished & professional for an important meeting. I think suit/sheath dresses are the best no-brainer un-screw-up-able option. Put on one piece (plus perhaps a cardigan/jacket) and you're done.

18 comments:

  1. Hi, I have been reading your blog for quite a while and I love it, so I thought it was time to leave a comment to let you know. Today's post has some great ideas in trying to organize your wardrobe and shopping habits. Thank you for sharing your ideas and wisdom.

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  2. This is so interesting! I love hearing how people choose what clothes to buy.

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  3. Those are some great guidelines on how to decide what your wardrobe needs. I have no problem finding clothes to buy ;o) My problem seems to be getting rid of items in my closet. How do you keep your inventory manageable but still have enough to work with when trying new inspirations?

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    1. I'm going to try to write 3-4 more posts around this subject. Will definitely try to address this question in one of them! Thanks for asking!! :)

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  4. Really enjoyed this post. Thanks for taking the time to write it. I look forward to the subsequent ones!

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  5. I am definitely going to add some white pumps for this coming spring and summer. Also, I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with your sheath dress. I love them, but have a bit of trouble coming up with a big variety of ideas!

    Polyvoring.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm excited for some new spring shoes too! I'll start brainstorming around the sheath... I'm thinking the way it'll look the most like a new outfit will be through swapping jewelry & cardigans... :)

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  6. This is genius! I made a "Defining my style" board of inspiration I already own. I should do a shopping one too.
    -Felicia
    Spicy-veggies.blogspot.com

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  7. This is a great post. Thank you for writing it. It gave me some great ideas for putting more structure in my shopping. I have no problem buying items I like but when I get them home, I can't always fit them into my wardrobe.

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    1. Glad you liked it. Working on a few more to try to give the end to end process I (mostly) follow.

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  8. Hi! I was wondering if you could say where the blue and white dress and the gray sheath dress pictured above are from? I LOVE them. I am very impressed with this post about shopping. I just "buy things I like," which means my wardrobe is very disorganized!!!

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    1. The pictures are 'dream items' -

      So the dress is: DIANE VON FURSTENBERG New Julian Two Dress (http://bit.ly/NYrrJh)
      And the sheath is: RALPH LAUREN BLACK LABEL Steel Luxury Flannel Deidre Dress (http://bit.ly/M61Jk6)

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  9. I love your blog and I've been following your posts for quite sometime. You never disappoint. :) Loved the way you organize and use your Pinterest finds for shopping inspiration. I have no problem finding outfits I love or buying individual pieces. Making the transition from pictures to actual outfits in my closest is my challenge. As a result, I have tons of pieces with price tags hanging in my closet that never get worn. I don't know what to wear them with. lol. So I wear the same things over and over. Hopefully by implementing your techniques with my Pinterest finds, I'll be able to start wearing them. :)
    Thanks much!!

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