|Out and about lately in navy and cream.|
|Some of my spring and summer purchases, plus two new pieces specifically for travel.|
|New summer tops that helped to spruce up some older pieces.|
|Three new tops bought this year.|
For fall and winter, I purchased seven pieces. I bought two cashmere turtlenecks: the charcoal Vince sweater, above, on sale in the Nordstrom Black Friday sale, and a navy one from Uniqlo. Two pairs of Rag and Bone cropped pants, one in the Black Friday sale. New burgundy loafers, marked way, way down. Plus a burgundy down vest, and a cream down jacket from Uniqlo.
|Fall pieces were variations on a theme… burgundy.|
The sweater and jacket from Uniqlo were last minute on-line purchases just before Christmas. As I said to Hubby, I don’t want to wear my good Max Mara coats everyday, all winter. In particular my fuchsia tweed has been in heavy rotation, when I’d prefer to keep it nice. And my old down coat from Zara is long and way too warm when temperatures are above -10°C. So I needed a new reasonably priced alternative, a not too heavy, errand-running, popping out to the library, or to the grocery store kind of jacket. The cream, down jacket from Uniqlo fit the bill. And since one can always use one more not too clingy, nor too bulky, cashmere turtleneck I ordered this navy one at the same time. I’m really pleased with my three Uniqlo purchases this year. And with my very first foray into on-line shopping when I didn’t already know the fit of the garments. I found the size charts on the Uniqlo website really helpful, and following the measurement guide ordered X-large in all three pieces. You can find the sweater here, and the jacket, here.
|My new winter purchases from Uniqlo.|
In reflection, I’m pretty happy with my purchases this year. I struggled at first styling that crocheted Vince sweater. And I think the red bag I bought is a mistake. After carrying it a few times, I find it too small, and the strap annoying in the extreme, too thin and twisty. So I’ll probably consign it at the first opportunity, something I rarely do. I generally keep bags for years and years.
Many of the pieces I bought are wardrobe basics, the white tees, the cashmere turtlenecks, and the jeans, both blue and white. A few of the pricier items were on sale, pieces I might have bought anyway, but was lucky to get at a very good price. A couple of items I expect to be investment pieces, like the Moncler anorak and Burberry scarf.
What I’m most pleased about with respect to my 2018 purchases is the way they meld with my favourite pieces from past years. How the new sleeveless, white Vince tee works with my old Max Mara suit; how my Eileen Fisher tee, and white crocheted sweater look great with my ten year old Burberry denim skirt, and three year old Stan Smith sneakers; or how my new Uniqlo burgundy vest makes my Max Mara fuchsia tweed coat warm enough to wear in the winter.
What bothers me somewhat is that it seems each year I add twenty-five new pieces to my closet. Just looking at 2017 and 2018, that’s fifty items. Fifty. That seems like a lot of shopping to me. I’m aware that I’ve fallen far short of my goal to become an “ethical shopper.” I haven’t done my due diligence in ascertaining whether items are ethically produced, and I could try harder to buy more thrifted pieces. On the other hand, I do generally try to avoid fast fashion; is Uniqlo considered fast fashion, do you think? And I try very hard to be a mindful shopper.
I think the point of ethical shopping is to be more mindful, to NOT become one of those people who buy seventy items every year. Those people who buy repeats because they don’t remember what is already in their closet, or who buy five cheap tops instead of one quality piece, who wear things once, and toss them. I know I’m not that shopper. But that number fifty still haunts me.
To assuage my guilty conscience, I can say that I still love and plan to wear almost everything I’ve purchased in the last three years. Except for a couple of tanks, and two tee shirts bought and worn (a lot) for travel, and which have now become gardening/camping shirts. And one Eileen Fisher tunic which I plan to give away. I can also say that I won’t need white tees for quite some time, unless they get ruined. Or cashmere turtlenecks. Or loafers. In fact I won’t really need anything else this winter. Or maybe even for spring 2019.
But… you knew there had to be a but… I am still pining for a long fall/winter skirt or dress to wear with my Akris leather jacket from many years ago, and my Stuart Weitzman brown suede knee-high boots. I haven’t had a winter skirt or dress since I retired and gave away most of my professional wardrobe.
Sheesh…. how pathetic am I? Here I am purportedly trying to curb my shopping habits, to be more mindful, to acquire less, and the words are barely out of my mouth, and I’m already planning what I need to buy next.
Ah well. Ethical shopping is hard. And I never said I was perfect. I’m just a work in progress, as we all are.
If I were perfect, I’d have nothing to reflect upon this week. And then I might be forced to watch hockey. Not that I hate hockey, or anything. I am Canadian after all.
So, my friends, now that my wardrobe reflections are complete, care to crunch your numbers for us? Do you know how many wardrobe acquisitions you made in 2018? Do the math. Be honest. We won’t judge.