This is a list of Wardrobe Gaps I will be focusing on during the Great Shopping Plan of 2010.  I don’t necessarily expect to purchase all of these items, but they will be what I’ll be focusing on purchasing.  I’m not limiting myself to only buying from this list, because I want to leave room for spontaneity and serendipity when I shop.

Clothes

Trousers, etc

  1. Dark wash denim boot-cut or straight leg jeans –hemmed for flats
  2. Dark wash denim boot-cut or straight leg jeans – hemmed for mid-height heels
  3. Black skinny or straight leg jeans
  4. Fitted Trousers (charcoal grey)
  5. Short summer shorts
  6. Corduroy trousers
  7. Cotton twill Capri

Skirts

  1. Colorful pencil skirt
  2. Casual jersey skirt

Tops

  1. Silk blouse
  2. Soft flannel button-down
  3. Long-sleeve scoop-neck and v-neck layering tee(s) (long enough to tuck in)
  4. Short sleeve work blouse
  5. ¾ sleeve work blouse
  6. Silk layering camisole(s)
  7. Long sleeve work blouse

Cardigans/Sweaters

  1. Cropped cashmere cardigan

Jackets/Coats

  1. Wool Coat
  2. Fitted Blazer
  3. Structured Jacket
  4. Leather jacket

Dresses

  1. Solid color shift dress
  2. ¾ sleeve shirt dress
  3. Wrap Dress
  4. Sweater dress
  5. Casual jersey dress, knee length

Other

  1. Summer tunic (cover-up)
  2. Cute Swimsuit
  3. Silk full slip(s)

Shoes

  1. Flat knee high boots
  2. Frye 8Rs
  3. Green or purple shoes
  4. Swedish Hasbeens
  5. Silver or white  sandals

Accessories

  1. Floppy sun hat
  2. Sweater tights
  3. Nude micro-fishnets
  4. Colorful cropped cotton leggings
  5. Wool Cloche
  6. Jersey Circle Scarf (in grey, cream or light blue)
  7. Leather purse (Tan, cream or eggplant)
  8. Waist cinching belt
  9. Dressy clutch
  10. Colorful leather gloves

Jewelry

  1. Dangling Earrings with stones
  2. Stone pendant necklace
  3. Silver watch
  4. Brooch(es)
  5. Cuff Bracelet
  6. Stone ring

(my closet back in May)

After I wrapped up my five month shopping ban at the end of last year, I decided to take a break from any kind of ban during the month of January.  I knew that I wanted to have some kind of structure to my shopping in the new year, but I wasn’t exactly sure what.  I’ve been thinking a lot about how I want to shop, what types of stores I want to support, and how much I need to be budgeting.  I’d like to create a plan that is sustainable – that I can stick to long term.  I know I need flexibility, because I hate being constrained and tend to rebel.

I had a couple of different ideas rolling around my head for a new shopping plan in 2010.  The first was choosing two big investment pieces a month, and buying nothing else.  But that kills the spontaneity and serendipity that can come from shopping, and I knew that I would be miserable.

My next plan involved restricting where I can shop, and creating a list of 22 items that were the only things I’d be allowed to buy (two for each month remaining).  Again, I decided this would be too restrictive.

Eventually, I came up with a plan that gives me room to breathe, but still keeps me focused and (hopefully) on budget.  It fits in with how I want my shopping to be.  Here’s how I describe it:

Explore local boutiques.  Find new consignment stores.  Re-learn how to thrift.  Get hand-made items custom made for you.  Discover vintage clothes that actually fit you.  Don’t buy something if you don’t love it.

Guidelines

  • $125 a month (will go up to $200 if I get a permanent full-time job) for clothes, shoes and accessories.  Stick to this number!!!
  • Shop primarily from wardrobe gaps list.   If I find something outside of this list that I want, then I need to make sure it’s something I truly love and actually need.
  • Shop at local stores, hand-made or second-hand (thrift, vintage, Ebay) primarily.
  • Gift money and store credit can be spent anywhere, on anything.

I’m calling this a Shopping Plan rather than a Shopping Ban because I’m not really banning any particular kind of store.  I decided not to completely ban non-secondhand and handmade stores like I did last time, mostly because I only really want to shop at a couple of them, and they are stores that I feel good supporting (Anthropologie, Boden, online retailers like Sock Dreams).  The majority of my shopping will be supporting local second-hand stores and boutiques, as well as hand-made items from Etsy and second-hand items from Ebay.  I really want to explore the local shopping that my city has to offer.  I’m quite frankly sick of the mall, and most of the time I try to shop there I feel miserable.  Shopping at smaller local stores means that I’m supporting my local economy and finding interesting and unique items that no one else will be wearing.

I’ve also written up a list of 50 items that represent wardrobe gaps I’d like to fill.  Because this list is a bit long, I’ll be posting it as a separate post later today.  I want to have more focus when I shop, so that I’m concentrating on things I really need, but I decided not to limit myself to only items on this list because I want to leave room for the unexpected, for items that I might not have thought of, for garments that I fall absolutely in love with.

I’ll be constantly evaluating and re-evaluating this plan to see if it works for me.  It may be a little too flexible, but for now, I feel that this will work best for me.


Drapey fabrics and windy days don’t really make the best combination.  But I still love how this outfit came together, despite it not being very functional in this weather.  I got this skirt months ago during my shopping ban, but somehow this is the first time I’ve worn it out.  I has such a sweet polka dot print, and despite how it may look in the photo, it has a very flattering a-line drape.

I actually started out this day with bare legs, but I brought a pair of tights to work in case I started to feel cold.  With a heavily air-conditioned office, I ended up needing them.  And I felt kind of awkward with bare legs.  After wearing tights for so long, it feels strange to have bare legs.  I’m thinking about getting a pair of nude micro-fishnets, like these from J Crew (which technically aren’t micro), to make the spring transition to bare legs a little smoother.

Blouse: Anthropologie
Cardigan: Ann Taylor LOFT
Skirt: Ann Taylor (thrifted)
Tights: Hue
Shoes: Dansko Sally
Purse: Morelle City Bag
Necklace: Express
Watch: Target
Earrings: Sara Westermark

Quote: The Littlest Owl, by Caroline Pitcher and Tina Macnaughton


This little bridge over a spring in a parl, and I’ve always wanted to take pictures here.  It’s one of my favorite places to go to relax.  Maybe it’s the Pisces in me, but I adore the sound of rushing water.  This little spring flowing into the river has a tiny little waterfall right under the bridge.  I love coming here in the summer and dipping my feet in the cold water.

I absolutely love this outfit.  I wanted fabrics that were soft, drapey and just warm enough for the odd weather we’ve had in Florida lately (we went from temps in the 30s to temps in the 70s, and by the time this is posted it will be back in the 50s). I bought this cardigan with my Christmas gift card to Fossil, and I love it.  It’s insanely versatile, and I love the strong, vibrant color.

After cropping my skinny jeans, I knew that I would have to pair them with ballet flats for a classic Audrey look.

This gorgeous vintage purse is one of my latest Etsy purchases.  I’m finding myself strongly drawn to yellow lately.  It’s such a fun, cheery color.

I love how these photos turned out.  I definitely need to go down to the park more often.

Blouse: Ann Taylor LOFT (thrifted)
Cardigan: Fossil
Jeans: Express (re-conned)
Shoes: Born Sokal (Ebay)
Scarf: Target
Purse: AdVintagous

Quote: The Velveteen Rabbit, by Margery Williams


Aqua is most certainly one of my favorite colors!  I love how vibrant and springy it is, and I think that it is fantastic for pretty much all seasons.  As I was going through some of my Etsy favorites recently, I realized that I had quite a few gorgeous aqua items in their, so I’ve gathered them all into a set here.

Eliza Necklace  $38

Ms Belle

La Mer Necklace  $32

Pixisette

Soft Earringas (Bright)  $16

June Designs

Cyan Earrings  $55

Clevergirl

Laurel Organic Apatite Bracelet $25

Divine by Deidre

Reclaimed Wool Sweater Brooch  $12.50

The June Bride


This outfit came together quite nicely.  I was still feeling a bit run-down from my cold, so this outfit became all about warmth and comfort.  I wanted soft, comfortable fabrics all around.  Physically, all I felt like wearing were pajamas pants and a cozy hoodie, but that won’t exactly fly at work.  Combining leggings with a jersey dress, flat boots, a nice soft long-sleeve tee, and a cozy scarf wrapped around the neck made for the perfect formula of feeling comfortable while still presentable.

I really love how my hair is looking lately.  At the end of December, I went to a styling class at the salon I go to.  At the class, everyone got to sit down one-on-one with a stylist and learn how to style their hair at home.  I never really understood the concept of styling my hair with a round brush and blow dryer before, but now I’m addicted.  I feel like I can finally achieve the look that I want my hair to have.

Oh, and I continue to adore these boots.  My nephew told me that he liked them too because they’re his favorite color.  Blogger tested, toddler approved.

Dress (as skirt): Express
Long Sleeve Tee: Apt 9 (Kohls)
Leggings: Target
Boots: Fluevog Heather (Ebay)
Scarf: Target
Necklace: Chocolate Cake Jewels
Belt: Thrifted
Earrings: Efy Tal

Quote: How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon? By Jane Yolen and Mark Teague


This was another day when I wasn’t feeling particularly awesome.  On sick days like this, nothing is as good as cheering you up as sunny cashmere.  So even though this outfit was a relative cousin of one I had worn a few days previous, it still felt perfect.  I went a lot warmer in tone than I usually do with this outfit, but I like how it came out.  I think the dark blue denim helps to keep it from being too earthy.

Being sick is no fun.  But if you can at least feel pretty when you’re sick and keep a smile on your face, that makes the day a little easier to deal with.

 

Cardigan: J Crew (Ebay)
Blouse: Target (thrifted)
Jeans: Express (re-conned)
Shoes: Dansko Sally
Necklace: Garage Sale
Bracelet: Second-hand
Purse: Dickies

Quote: I Love It When You Smile, by Sam McBratney


Last weekend, I was fighting off the beginning of a cold.  I wanted to stay in pajamas all day, but the fridge was pretty bare, so I had to make myself presentable to head out to the grocery store.  I didn’t blow-dry my hair this day, so it was kind of doing whatever it felt like.  I tied it up in a scarf and threw together a comfy outfit that would still let me feel chic.

The most important aspect of this outfit for me is my newly cropped skinny jeans.  I altered these jeans awhile back into long skinnies, but I found that I was often cuffing them, and that the silhouette wasn’t very flattering uncuffed.  I also found myself being more and more drawn to cropped ankle skinny jeans and trousers.  I decided it made more sense to alter what I already had than to go out and buy something new, and now I love these jeans so much more.  Hemming those few inches has made them so much more flattering on me.  I’ll be wearing them a lot more often now.

I didn’t realize until later that this ended up being an all neutral ensemble.  This is pretty unusual for me, because I usually love to have lots of color in my outfits.  I wonder if it was some sort of reflection on how I wasn’t exactly feeling up to par this day?

Blouse: Style & Co (clothing swap)
Cardigan: Ann Taylor LOFT
Jeans: Express (re-conned)
Shoes: Dansko Sally
Purse: Morelle Oyster
Necklace: Garage sale
Scarf (worn as headband): ??

Quote: Stellaluna by Janell Cannon


Yep, I love my new cardigan so much, that I couldn’t resist wearing it two days in a row.  And I’m feeling tempted to wear it pretty much constantly, even while lounging around the house in pajamas.  It seems that cashmere has that effect on people.

The color scheme of this outfit was inspired by a recent colour lover post at Pugly Pixel.  When I first saw this sunshine colored cardigan, it immediately me me think of that beautiful color combination of yellow, aqua, and white.

Layering multiple pearl necklaces is such a great way to jazz up an outfit.  And it always makes me think of Coco Chanel and her rows upon rows of pearls.

This ring belonged to my grandmother on my mom’s side.

Blouse: Anthropologie
Cardigan: J Crew (Ebay)
Jeans: Express
Boots: Dansko Nena (Ebay)
Purse: Morelle Oyster
Pearls (short): Coryell Design
Pearls (long): Garage sale
Ring: Belonged to my grandmother

Quote: Fancy Nancy: Bonjour, Butterfly, by Jane O’Connor


Oh how I love Ebay!  I’ve been longing to own some J. Crew cashmere pretty much since I became aware of its existence, but their sweaters tend to retail at $150 plus a pop, so they’ve been out of my graduate and now post-graduate-still-searching-for-a-permanent-job budget.  But it didn’t dawn on me until recently to simply look for one second-hand on Ebay.  I scored this gorgeous sunshine beauty for a mere $50!  And it is the softest, most luxurious thing I have ever owned.  The color is so fantastic.  This has quickly elevated itself to a new wardrobe staple for me.

Wearing items of good quality does something to you.  Having soft, comfortable fabrics close to the skin just makes you feel so good.  I think that every one should own at least one 100% cashmere item.

This outfit, by the way, is also what I decided to wear to Eyeliah‘s virtual birthday party.  Nothing like a pretty dress and a sunny cashmere cardigan for dancing the night away, virtually or otherwise.

Dress: Ella Moss (via My Mosh Posh)
Cardigan: J Crew (Ebay)
Tights: Hue
Shoes: Clarks Apple Sky
Purse: Morelle Oyster
Pearls: Coryell Design
Watch: Target

Quote: Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? (Classic Seuss) By Dr Seuss

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