Earlier this year, I toyed with the idea of adding only one clothing item and one accessory to my closet each month. I don’t have that kind of self restraint just yet, but I’m getting there and I have to admit that I’m happier with this approach than I am when I reflect back on a hoard of new items. I’m beyond happy with the items I purchased this month and I think I’m going to get a lot of wear out of everything — even that ultra-trendy bag! I did purchase one more thing on Black Friday and I’ll add it to next month’s roundup if it makes the cut!
See all of this year’s sartorial additions here.
- Madewell ‘Lilyblossom’ button-front dress – I have a Madewell dress in a similar cut that I bought last year and absolutely adore, so it’s probably not a surprise that I added this to my wardrobe. The color and print are so pretty and I loved the nipped-in waist.
- Staud ‘Shirley’ bag in white – I haven’t been able to get this bag out of my head since I ordered the small brown faux-croc version earlier this fall. While I didn’t like the color or texture of that one, I realized that my heart was really aching for the white one I fell for last year. Do I think it’s best use of my money? No. But I am crazy about it and happily took money out of my “splurge” savings account to cover the cost, so it’s a wash for my budget. As far as practicality is concerned, the zipped pouch holds a decent amount, including a sunglasses case, so I think I’ll actually get a decent amount of mileage out of it. I just hope that transparent accessories aren’t totally passé next year!
- Ugg waterproof insulated wedge booth – I had been looking for a cute pair of winter-ready wedge ankle boots for years and these are it! Plus, they’re easy to pull on and off, which is not always a given with boots that don’t have a side zip. I think these will be a great option for going to and from work this winter and for jaunts around the city. I went up a half size to allow room for a pair of thick socks.
DIDN’T WORK OUT
Things I tried and didn’t love.
- Gap mid-rise skinny jeans in black – These are the absolute worst. I wanted a pair of black jeans earlier this year and ordered these, but they didn’t fit in my regular size. I found myself thinking about black denim again and ordered a variety of sizes in these to see if I could find one that worked. Nope. The most obnoxious part is that they’re a magnet for dust and pet dander.