After blowing through my clothing budget this month (which I will detail in my February purchases post), I knew I needed to do something differently for the remaining months. First, I made a list of wardrobe holes to keep me in check. Going forward after this quarter, my budget will be in monthly installments rather than quarterly with the option of rolling over excess from one month to the next for larger purchases.
Fortunately, although I spent more than I intended this month, I really got down and dirty with my wardrobe clean out. I replaced some things that were worn out and got a few pieces altered so they fit perfectly. Being able to store everything so neatly in just one dresser and tiny closet is a big perk. I also have a pretty good grasp on my style at this point and don't feel inclined to more ambitious, fantasy-life purchases.
All that being said, I could absolutely make do without these things. I am satisfied with my wardrobe. I also acknowledge that I definitely have more than I need. I won't make excuses for that. And I don't know that I'll just stop shopping forever once I tick these items off, either. I find shopping fun because I love to put my own twist on whatever trends come around. But in an ideal scenario, this list will keep my shopping in check and allow me to focus on more fruitful ventures.
Trench coat or an attractive rain coat
While I have a water resistant utility jacket from Madewell that gets a lot of use, it didn't come with a hood. The Barbour jacket I sold was just a bit too new prep for my tastes (which is ironic considering the heritage nature of the brand), so I would like something that is more my style. The lack of a hood on most trench coats means that it may not be the best bet, but in a true downpour I will utilize the next item on my list, an actual rain jacket. There are several attractive trenches on Poshmark, but I also adore the Everlane trench pictured above.
Packable, sporty rain coat
One thing that I have wished for several times over the last few years is a black rain jacket from an outdoor brand. I have a very lightweight running jacket from Brooks, but it is neon yellow and very impractical for any scenario other than running. A plain black jacket will work with regular outfits as well as more athletic adventures. I also want something that can easily fit into a backpack for future travel. There are several Northface jackets on secondhand sites for a decent price, but I would also consider purchasing one from a local store like River Sports.
Do it all brown leather sandals
Sandals are one category that I have really neglected over the years. I got a pair of Birkenstocks at the beginning of last year, but they don't go with as many things as I would like. I want to have a minimal, high quality and ethically-made pair of light brown sandals to last me for years rather than just buying whatever iteration is at fast fashion stores this season. I'm looking at options from Bali Elf, Nisolo and Teysha.
Navy and/or khaki chino shorts
I only own two pairs of shorts: one pair of butt-hugging denim cut-offs and a red pair of chinos. Neither are particularly practical. I love the way the chinos fit and feel, even for outdoor activities; however, the red color isn't really part of my main color palette. Luckily, the pair I like from J. Crew are all over Poshmark for a really decent price.
Red pointed flats
I tend to gravitate towards my black Everlane loafers more than any ballet flats, but I think a red pair could really add some punch to a few of my outfits. I love the way J. Crew flats fit, but I'm not too particular since I will be finding these secondhand.
Jamie and the Jones T Sweater
I have been lusting after this sweater for over a year. I love the shape and the weight. It can be worn for pretty much all seasons in Tennessee. It's also a little bit more attractive to me than just a plain tee shirt. Also, the brand is based in Nashville. Basically, this is a wardrobe powerhouse that will get a lot of love once I actually take the plunge and buy it.