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Selling my stuff. Hopefully for the last time.
Please peruse and contact me if you want to buy anything.
Each image can be clicked on and SHOULD go to their own separate pages.
I spent the last 2 days doing this, so please forgive me if anything seems off or isn’t linking correctly (and let me know!!).
I’m a bit cross-eyed right now.. and very tired.
SHIPPING & OTHER DETAILS
- No returns or exchanges, I’m not a retail store. Final sale.
- All items are in very good condition or brand new, unless otherwise noted in the photos or description. I take really good care of the things I love.
- Please ask any and all questions BEFORE purchasing. CONTACT ME HERE
- I will ship anywhere in the world.
- I will only charge EXACT shipping, so once you want to buy it, I’ll give you a rough shipping estimate based on where it’s going, and if it costs or more less, I’ll refund you (or request for) any difference above or below $2 in shipping.
- Therefore if you buy multiple items, shipping WILL be cheaper because I charge exact shipping.
- Note: Anything heavier than a top like that Mackage jacket, will obviously cost more money to ship. If you are unsure as to how much it might cost, give me your country and I can try to give you an estimate.
- Generally, I find for SHIPPING in North America, most tops ship for about $5 – $7, jackets are $15 – $30, and shoes are $15 – $25.
- It will be cheaper to ship to the U.S. than to Canada (I know, crazy right?)
- Overseas of course will cost more money so please add an extra $10 – $15 in your estimates (or just contact me with everything you want to buy.)
- All payments will be made in USD using Paypal
- Coming from a Pet-free, smoke-free, allergy-free home.
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I’m always curious about my and other people’s spending habits (what? I’m NOSY!), and it’s interesting to learn what people spent in the past.
In the 1930s, there was a basic wardrobe list that every woman could follow, and every year would have cost approximately $191.81 for clothing and $46.21 for upkeep and personal care.
If we add inflation to today’s 2012 dollar*, it would mean: $2516.55 for clothes and $606.27 for personal care, which I am assuming includes haircuts, and spa-anything.
*$1.00 in 1930 had the same buying power as $13.12 in 2012. Annual inflation over this period was 3.19%.
That means you could expect to spend about $209.71 for clothes per month, and $50.52 for personal care.
That actually sounds quite reasonable. More reasonable than MY spending, anyway.
A BASIC WOMEN’S WORKING WARDROBE IN NEW YORK CITY IN 1937
(Source: ‘Clothing’ (Latzke and Quinlan, 1940))
Note: This wardrobe would have been updated each year, so 8 dresses would turn into a bit more every year if the dresses didn’t fray or wear out.
Medium quality fur-trimmed coat, every third year
Wool spring coat, every other year
4 felt hats, two heavy, two light
- 2 cotton, for summer street wear
- 4 rayon, 3 fair quality, one inexpensive
- 1 wool dress, medium
- 1 rayon party dress
1 wool skirt
1 sweater, every other year
1 smock (I put an apron here)
- 2 undervests (rayon) (Used tank tops instead)
- 3 knit rayon bloomers
- 2 panties, 1 rayon, 1 silk
- 4 slips, 3 rayon, 1 silk
- 2 corsets or girdles
- 3 brassières
- 3 nightgowns, 1 cotton, 1 rayon, 1 cotton flannel
Flannel bathrobe (every 3 yrs.)
Rayon kimono, every other year
20 pairs medium silk stockings (I didn’t put all 20 in here)
- 2 pairs medium quality street shoes
- 1 pair medium quality dress shoes
- 1 pair evening slippers, every other year
- 1 pair inexpensive white shoes
Rubbers 1 pair every other year
Overshoes 1 pair every other year (I took some liberty here, not knowing what overshoes are…)
House slippers 1 pair every other year
Umbrella, every other year
Raincoat, every 3 years
3 pairs gloves, 1 leather, 1 fabric
3 handbags at $1 each (or fewer and better)
Via shared by reader ES
MODERN TIMES HAVE CHANGED FOR A FEW THINGS
I don’t think anyone owns or wears bloomers, or stockings to require 20 pairs of medium silk stockings, nor do we wear corsets, girdles on a regular basis.
We also do more than just take dictation or calls as secretaries these days. Women are in what were traditionally men’s roles in the past.
Wardrobe basics I see missing for me in there are:
- 1 suit — Just for the rare interview to be pulled out and dusted off
- Jeans — Skinny, bootcut
- Pants — Cropped legs (just an inch or two above the ankle)
- Work pants
- More work shoes — At least one other pair
- Work blouses
- At least another sweater or two
My basic minimalist wardrobe would look more like this, if I had to pick 20-items:
Images above all created via Polyvore
What do you think? Anything missing in there for you?
WHAT I LIKE TO CARRY WHEN I TRAVEL
As little as possible so I adhere pretty strictly to the rules of the airline:
- 1 carryon
- 1 purse or camera bag (I bring the camera bag because it’s what I use)
I love packing lightly because:
- I don’t have to check anything in
- I don’t have to carry a lot
- I can wheel all of it
- I have to really consider the space in my suitcase before buying anything mindlessly
When I am traveling, I turn into the kind of girl who can live for a month without changing her outfit constantly, and I turn into one of those extreme minimalists.
When I am at home, I feel the urge to change twice a day if I am going out twice (afternoon & night).
Don’t ask me why, but wearing different clothes gives me a serious high especially if I have to come home and go back out again.
HOW I NORMALLY GET TO AIRPORTS AND ALL AROUND THE CITY
I take the subway, bus and metro.
No taxicabs AT ALL.
It would be even easier if I took cabs because I’d just cab to the airport and back, no need to stand outside in the cold to wait for any bus, although I’d probably wear the same amount of clothing/layers.
However if you want to go cheap and cheerful like I do (saving money, and I just don’t like cabs), this is how I do it when going in between temperatures.
GOING ON A TRIP WITH MULTIPLE TEMPERATURES
The problem with traveling in between temperatures is that either you pack for the temperature you are departing from, the temperature you are going to, and/or the temperature you are supposed to return to.
All of this can be one big fat headache if you are going from winter to summer, and back again.
Photo I took in Montreal, Canada
Before I left for Hong Kong, it was starting to get cold in Canada. We’re talking a light jacket and some boots would be acceptable, but upon my return, it would be snowing lightly and at least 0 degrees Celsius.
However in Hong Kong, I knew it would be hotter, and I wouldn’t need a winter jacket or boots, in fact, skirts, sandals, and a t-shirt would be the kind of weather I’d be facing.
What did I do?
I packed stuff that I would use in the hotel room anyway that could do double-duty.
I’ve used everything below, and although I was a bit cold, I am always cold even when bundled up, and I could take it for the short period of time (waiting outside for the bus at the airport terminal), and walking home.
KEY DOUBLE-DUTY ITEMS TO BRING
Disclaimer: The following will be warm enough to make it through the cold from the airport to the bus stop, walking through the streets for a short period of time (half an hour to an hour), but not to stay out for a long time, and especially not in very cold, freezing temperatures like let’s say the Arctic.
Please dress warmly if you are going to the Arctic. Don’t skimp, and bring a bigger suitcase.
Also, don’t try and do anything silly by wearing only this in the winter to save money, or to dress lightly.
- T-Shirts – First layer of the substitute winter jacket
- Cashmere sweater – Second layer of the substitute winter jacket
- Massive cashmere pashmina wrap – Third layer wrap of the substitute winter jacket
- Lightweight windbreaker – Last layer of substitute winter jacket
- Tights – First layer of substitute winter bottoms
- Jersey Leggings – Second layer of substitute winter bottoms
- Long lightweight pants – Third layer of the substitute winter bottoms
- Wool socks
1. LAYER #1: T-SHIRTS
They’re practical and multi-functional. Great for layering underneath for colder weathers, or wearing alone in hotter ones.
DIFFERENT TEMPERATURE USE:
I use these as the base of my winter layer by wearing all of them underneath.
2. LAYER #2: A CASHMERE SWEATER
I am continually surprised at how comfortable, soft, and lightweight these sweaters are. Compared to a cotton or a wool sweater, cashmere in colder weather beats out everyone and everything.
It would be great if you could find this in a cashmere hoodie that is super thick and warm. Alas, I am still looking, because all the options I’ve found so far, are too thin and meant for fashion.
Good quality cashmere is hard to find. I wish I could tell you that you can spend hundreds of dollars and be guaranteed a great sweater, but this is not the case.
My best cashmere finds have been in thrift stores, because I am able to try them on and feel them on my bare skin.
I have eczema, so the slightest bit of itch makes my skin inflamed and crazy, which is why I cannot buy anything cashmere online without knowing what it feels like on my skin beforehand.
GOOD CASHMERE IS HARD TO FIND:
White and Warren is a great brand for pashminas and scarves, but when I bought a sweater of theirs, it was just the tiniest bit too itchy, which made me extremely disappointed.
J. Crew sweaters were also a bit too itchy, no matter what they say about “quality Italian cashmere” as their material — it simply isn’t itch-free enough for me.
Surprisingly, my favourite consignment cashmere sweaters have been brands from these retailers:
- Neiman Marcus
- Lord & Taylor (2-ply cashmere)
- Ralph Lauren
But I’ve also tried on those house brands in other consignment sweaters and felt they were itchy. It is truly a HIT and MISS.
Otherwise, I tend to stay away from any other kind of retailer that sells cashmere:
- Ann Taylor (not for sweaters)
- J. Crew (I think for their scarves they are fine, but not for sweaters)
- White & Warren (great for pashminas and scarves, not for sweaters)
- Uniqlo (cheap, but not warm enough or thick enough)
- Kirkland (Costco brand)
DIFFERENT TEMPERATURE USE:
This is worn over my shirts, and with a cashmere pashmina shawl wrapped around me, it is just as warm as a wool winter coat.
As I mentioned, it’s great if you could find this in a super thick and warm cashmere hoodie, but I am still looking for this. All the cashmere hoodies I’ve found are very light and thin.
3. LAYER #3: A MASSIVE CASHMERE PASHMINA WRAP
I bought this wrap from White & Warren for a lot of money, even though I scored it on sale.
Because I can’t find this in secondhand stores (who in their right mind would give this thing up for sale?), and it is the best quality cashmere in a pashmina that I’ve felt for the price.
It’s surprisingly lightweight, cosy and very comfortable.
Not itchy at all; I own a White & Warren scarf as well which is of the same quality, but oddly enough their sweaters are a teeny bit itchy.
I use it every time I travel as:
- A blanket on the plane
- A blanket in the hotel room
- Scarf when the temperature dips unexpectedly
- A jacket for in between temperatures
I can’t tell you how many times this wrap has saved me from a freezing cold, drafty hotel room (this pashmina used as a blanket underneath my wool jacket is an incredibly warm combination).
DIFFERENT TEMPERATURE USE:
I wrap this over whatever I am wearing, wrapped pretty tightly (I look like a human burrito who escaped from an insane asylum).
Over a cashmere sweater, this does a serious double-whammy of lightweight, but super soft and warm protectiveness to double as a winter jacket.
You can also bring up the back section a bit to wrap around your ears if you are clever enough. No need for earmuffs.
4. LAYER #4: WINDBREAKER
Something light and waterproof works. It’s great to use when it rains, or just to keep the wind off you.
DIFFERENT TEMPERATURE USE:
I wear this over my cashmere sweater, and my pashmina wrapped around me.
It completes my “winter jacket” of 4 layers, and keeps the wind from getting in between the cashmere.
5. BOTTOM LAYER #1: TIGHTS
They are small, easy to squish into a corner of a suitcase, and will block out a LOT of cold.
I sometimes wear these under actual pants, and they act like legging windbreakers.
DIFFERENT TEMPERATURE USE:
This is the first of 3 layers of “pants”.
I start the winter layering at the last airport before I fly back into North America.
I don’t like getting changed in the airplane bathroom (too tight, smelly), so I do it in the airport before I board the plane.
6. BOTTOM LAYER #2: JERSEY LEGGINGS
I wear these to sleep when I travel. I don’t wear them as pants.
DIFFERENT TEMPERATURE USE:
This is the second of 3 layers of “pants”.
7. BOTTOM LAYER #3: LONG LIGHTWEIGHT PANTS
Seeing as the weather was hot in Hong Kong, I needed light pants (I hate shorts, and skirts don’t go with the kind of walking boots I have).
I always go to my Lululemon Dance Pants that have a good thick waistband with a drawstring, and loose legs to let air circulate in hot weather.
Alone, they are too thin in winter.
DIFFERENT TEMPERATURE USE:
This is the final layer of my “pants”, and they’re worn over my jersey leggings and my tights, like a windbreaker for my legs.
8. WOOL SOCKS
You just need them. I actually still wear them even in summer because I need the extra cushiony factor in my hiking boots when I walk.
I bring about 4 pairs when I travel, I wear 2 pairs a day (changing once, mid-day), and washing them at night to dry for the next day.
Not just for rain, it’s also for SNOW!
I don’t bring earmuffs or a hat, and this acts like my hat. My earmuffs are the cashmere pashmina that I bring up slightly around my ears.
DIFFERENT TEMPERATURE USE:
The thing about winter, is you are going to get wet if you let the snow fall on you, and melt into water on contact with your warm skin.
This causes you to feel cold (just as sweating during winter would cause you to feel cold), and your face and body starts to freeze otherwise.
This is why having an umbrella is great, it will keep the snow off you, and act like a waterproof hat
Can’t get around this because you need your hands to hold the umbrella. You need to bring something, even a super lightweight pair.
Cashmere is great, but I’ve found even a thin layer in cotton is still better than nothing to protect your bare skin in the winter.
DIFFERENT TEMPERATURE USE:
Only meant for when it’s cold or when you return and it’s in the midst of winter.
FINAL SUMMARY OF ITEMS TO BRING
Hope that helped! If you have any other suggestions, please leave them in the comments below.
I’m always looking for ways to improve my packing list.
All images above were used in Polyvore. Click here for item links.
I’m seriously considering switching to thrifting as the majority of my purchases.
I am thinking 75% of my clothing budget this year should be secondhand.
Not 100%, because I won’t buy used underwear, socks or intimates but for things like sweaters, tops, dresses, purses, jewellery… I’m starting to get more and more into the idea.
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THRIFTED AND USED CLOTHING
Photograph of my wardrobe
Thrifted: Goodwill, Salvation Army, Value Village — all places where people donate clothes and things for free by the garbage bag.
Consignment: People drop off higher quality, nice things for resale, and get a percentage when the item sells, usually 40% – 60%.
You will see mostly designer brands like Marc Jacobs, Chloe, Louis Vuitton or high street designer-y brands like J. Crew, or Anthropologie here.
This is my preferred place for used clothes shopping, mostly because people who care about their clothes, want their money back (or as much of it as possible), and tend to take fairly good care of their items.
(At least, I do…)
In no particular order, here are the reasons for me to consider doing so:
REASON #1: IT’S CHEAPER THAN NICER STUFF AT RETAIL
I’ve scored plenty of great deals on clothes and things, at a fraction of the original retail cost.
A few of my great scores:
- Hermes Cashmere & Silk Sweater = $200, originally thousands of dollars
- Cashmere Sweaters = $30, originally $200 – $800 per sweater
- DKNY Grey Swavroski Necklace Collar T-Shirt = $20, originally $300
Since I won’t be paying the full retail price of the item, it is technically not that hot for the economy because I wouldn’t be buying anything that is newly produced, but I’d contribute by helping consignment and thrift stores grow their business, and it gives money back to those who sold their clothes, and they can go spend that money.
But it isn’t as cheap as a $5 top because I actually want higher quality clothing (I’m not necessarily focused on brand names).
REASON #2: IT ISN’T CHEAP IN THE WAY THAT WILL KILL ME
I never thought about chemicals in the processing of clothing, but it makes so much sense now.
I won’t say that I believe everything I read from GreenPeace 100% without a grain of salt, but it still makes me think more about the choices I make with my money.
REASON #3: I ALREADY HAVE A BASIC WARDROBE
I really don’t need any clothes, so it becomes a great thing if I DON’T find anything that is my size, or in the colour I like.
…but if I do, what a find!!!!
I’d be talking about my finds until my future grandchildren run from the room.
REASON #4: ENSLAVED & POOR CONDITIONS FOR CHEAP LABOUR FOR CHEAP CLOTHES IS DISTRESSING
Katy wrote about Bangledeshi workers who were trapped in their factories, dying from fires, while trying to produce clothing for H&M, Wal-Mart, Gap, and J.C. Penney.
I’m already not a huge fan of China because of a wide range of reasons (politically, socially, economically, ethically, environmentally), and it bothers me slightly that literally everything I touch, is Made in China.
We all know why it’s made in China, too.
I’m not saying other countries are better or that I can be guaranteed that the fabric purchased to be made into clothing by North American or European countries has not been originally sourced from China.
It’s just really tough, and physically painful to read about, and see heartbreaking videos of children chained to machines just to produce newly made cheap clothing for our greedy consumption.
REASON #5: IT’S BETTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
Buying used means another new sweater won’t be made for my consumption.
I’ll be re-consuming what was originally consumed, or recycling and reusing, if you want a simpler word for this.
REASON #6: IT’LL FORCE ME TO APPRECIATE WHAT I HAVE & BE CREATIVE
If I stop buying new things so easily, it won’t be so easy to find what I want to make my outfits change, evolve and be different over time.
If I want a specific style of a sweater, I’ll have to find it by combing stores, even if it takes a year.
It could even be an interesting shopping hunt of sorts.
Instead of window shopping for new things, I hunt for old ones, and end up not spending much because it’ll be harder to find exactly what I want if it’s used.
I’ll have to find ways to make what I have, look different to me.
REASON #7: I WON’T BUY AS MUCH
Instead of telling myself: Self, you’re on a CLOTHING BAN, I will be imposing a rule that will let me have the freedom to buy what I want, but not necessarily telling me to stop completely.
Bans don’t work on me.
If you tell me I can’t eat for 12 hours so I can give blood, and all I can think about for the next 12 hours, is eating.
Eating lots of food, stuffing my face… it doesn’t end.
Photograph I took of my meal in Lyon
It’s the same with shopping. If I can’t shop, then all I want to do and all I can think about, is shopping.
You have to be a lot pickier in thrift stores. There are tons of great deals, but things are not the right size, colour, or they simply don’t look good.
I’ve passed over plenty of nice things because they don’t fit or flatter me. I wished I had a friend there for whom it would look perfect on, but .. alas.
CAN I MAKE IT? WOULD YOU TRY SOMETHING LIKE THIS?
I’m frustrated right now with my wardrobe.
It’s not that I don’t have the perfect pieces or that I feel like I have nothing to wear, but nothing fits well on me any longer because they’re 2-3 inches too big (I had to pin my skirt to keep it on my hips the other day!)
YES, THIS IS A #FIRSTWORLDPROBLEM WHINE
I know it sounds like a good thing when I say things like “my clothes don’t fit me, they’re too big”, but it isn’t.
What it is, is ANNOYING.
I had purchased the perfect wardrobe, had some pieces tailored to fit my Size 6 frame perfectly, and now I’m waffling between 1-2 sizes LOWER.
It’s my original high school weight when I was 18, so stands to reason it could be my real weight.
I know feel better at this weight (it’s more natural for me, I seem to have more energy and sleep better), but I also know that I could definitely go back up a size or two.
In fact, some pants I bought last autumn, are already a size too large for me.
FROM LAST AUTUMN!!!!!!
Now I’m stuck with clothes I don’t reach for, because they don’t fit me, but are still good pieces.
Namely, some structured dresses, some pencil skirts and my go-to tweed suit which swims on me (I have to really belt that sucker to get it to stay on me).
I spent all this time and money finding the right pieces, only to change weight and have them hang like baggy sacks on me (unlike this Parisienne model who looks incredibly chic in her perfectly fitted Chanel suit).
The question is now to either tailor my pieces down to my Size 2/4 frame, hoping that I will stay where I am.
Or leave them and bet that in the next year or so, I’ll put on more weight to go back up to Size 6.
I do not want to waste money on tailoring or replacing pieces with smaller substitutes if it’ll just be wasted later.
THE OPTION: TO WAIT A YEAR
Either option sucks if I change weight again.
I guess the key would then be to wait a year to see where I am in December.
In the meantime, no more clothes, and if I do get them, they better be able to be wrapped tighter, or loosened (hello wrap dresses!)
I’m also going to try and rock some belts, but they’re another issue altogether when they slide up your torso and separate by leaving your skirt/pants to linger down by your hips.
HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH WARDROBE SIZE CHANGES?
Am I crazy? Yes.
Do I like to shop? Yes!
Do I have a lot of free time? I did, when I wrote this post!
Will I keep up with this inventory list? Probably not. Let’s see how lazy I can become, shall we?
Am I going to keep shopping even knowing all of this? Er… can I take the Fifth?
I had been planning on doing a true inventory for a while now, but I wanted to wait until I purged everything before trying to list everything.
I have owned about 30% of these pieces since high school/college years. Yes.. really.
If it still fits, and looks to be in a good condition, I’m keeping it.
It took me 2 hours, 2 full pages, 2 columns-wide, front and back to list almost, and I had to go into the columns a little bit (oops).
This is also a great exercise to make sure I have pictures of everything — I noticed I was missing quite a few pieces.
Hey it isn’t as bad as I thought!
Granted, I had purged 50% of my closet sometime in 2007-2008. I also started selling more stuff in 2011-2012.
Plus, I gave away at least 3-4 full bags of clothing and things.
After all that, I’m at the 136 mark for just clothes which… seems reasonable to me compared to shopaholics with walk-in closets. (Okay, I kid.. I kid!)
I guess I could cut it down to 100 clothing items, but that means cutting into my Dresses, which I am not really keen on.
For some reason, I was imagining my clothes to be around the 250+ mark.. so this is a bit of a relief.
What I have listed so far in the 136-item count:
- Tops = 45 — $1802
- Pants = 13 — $1010
- Skirts = 9 — $451
- Dresses = 45 — $3516
- Sweaters = 15 — $1069
- Blazers = 4 — $190
- Jackets = 5 — $2181
What these 136-items cost: $10,219!
So you want to know numbers? I had to guesstimate a few of these items, but my wardrobe comes up to around $10,219 before taxes, at retail.
With the taxes (13%) on top of that, we’re looking at $11,547.47.
Now if I were to SELL these items, I could probably get $5000 out of the resale value of what I own.
You will also have to keep in mind this doesn’t include my shoes, purses or jewellery.
What are in all the categories?
TOTAL WARDROBE RETAIL VALUE $ PIE CHART BY CATEGORY
- Percentages are based on the estimated $ cost of each category, not item count
TOTAL WARDROBE ITEM COUNT PIE CHART BY CATEGORY
- Percentages are based on the item count of each category, not $ value
Hmm you don’t say!
- Spent 34% of my money on 33% of my wardrobe — Dresses!!
- Spent 21% of my budget on 4% of my wardrobe (5 Jackets) because of a single Burberry trenchcoat
- Tops only cost 18% of my budget, but make up 33% of my wardrobe (bang for your buck category)
- Sweaters made it out to an even 11% for both item count and % of value
- Skirts, Pants and Blazers are fairly neglected, as they should be, as I am more of a Dress fiend
CATEGORY BREAKDOWN (VISUAL)
TOPS = 45 ITEMS @ $1802
(11 tops missing above)
I know this looks like a lot, but I am including everything in here.
Broken down, it looks more like this:
- Work-Appropriate & Fun Blouses = 24
- Tank Tops = 8
- Long-Sleeved Shirts = 5
- T-Shirts (doubles as sleepwear) = 4
- Collared Button-Up Shirts = 4
My biggest category is obviously Work-Appropriate Blouses, which I would like to say I also wear for fun.
PANTS = 13 ITEMS @ $1010
(3 pairs of pants missing from above)
Broken down it looks like this:
- Work Trousers = 8
- Jeans = 2
- Sweatpants = 3
I rarely wear sweatpants, but some occasions like bumming around the house, call for them.
SKIRTS = 9 ITEMS @ $451
Broken down it looks like this:
- Work Skirts = 6
- Fun Skirts = 3
The fun skirts are not miniskirts, but they are still in my eyes, too short to wear to work (few inches above the knee).
DRESSES = 45 ITEMS @ $3516.00
What can I say? I’m REALLY into wearing dresses. It’s like a whole outfit in one go, how can you go wrong?
The only thing I hate is that I can’t wear dresses as often in the winter (too damn cold, even when I double-up on tights), so a lot of my stuff is Summer-Appropriate.
(5 dresses missing from the photo above)
Broken down it looks like this:
- Work Dresses = 20
- Summer/Fun Dresses = 21
- Formal/Event Dresses = 4
If I feel like it, I do wear more dressier dresses out just to get groceries. I find it fun to dress up, and unless the style is really inappropriate (too formal or shiny, cocktail, or flouncy), anything goes in my world.
SWEATERS = 15 ITEMS @ $1069
Love me a good sweater! They’re great as a way to layer on top of lighter things, or to wear as-is.
(3 sweaters missing from the photo above)
Broken down it looks like this:
- Work Sweaters = 11
- Casual Sweaters = 4
What I consider “casual” versus “work” sweaters, are either the colour or the style — if it’s too sporty (Lululemon stuff), I don’t wear it to work.
Otherwise, they’re pretty much all work-appropriate sweaters!
BLAZERS = 4 ITEMS @ $190.00
I don’t have much in this department. I only have the basics to throw over top of my other more colourful items.
One of the blazers is part of a grey tweed 3-piece suit, the rest are in navy or black.
JACKETS = 5 ITEMS @ $2181.00
This includes Autumn and Winter jackets.
I have 2 winter jackets — one everyday, one dressy (BF bought it for me).
- Note: The 2nd black Burberry trench from the left is almost the entire amount at $1600.
I have 2 autumn jackets — one in a bold colour, the other is neutral.
My last jacket is a black biker-style cotton jacket that didn’t fit under “Blazer” or “Sweater”.
What I have not yet listed:
- Bathing Suit — I just have one, so no big list there
- Underwear (Tights included)
- Sleepwear — I wear the T-Shirts above, and my 2 leggings
- Winter Gear (Scarves, Gloves, Other)
- Jewellery — I think I’m at 100 pieces of jewellery right now
I am not entirely sure I want to really inventory underwear or sleepwear. For instance, I usually only have one pair of tights in each colour (navy, burgundy, black, brown).
I will however, want to inventory the rest — winter gear, purses, shoes, and jewellery.
I’ll post once I catch my breath and go through those items
How will this change my shopping in the future?
Would you kill me if I said it wouldn’t really?
Lately, I seem to be paying more, for fewer pieces. This goes in line with not wanting to buy quantity, but quality, although if I find a great shirt for $16 that isn’t a duplicate in my wardrobe, I’ll probably buy it.
For instance, I bought a cashmere travel wrap for $300. ONE WRAP. It’s considered ONE sweater. In the past, I never spent more than $30 – $50 on a sweater.
This is 6 sweaters in one pricetag… but far more heavenly.
Cost per use, right? Hello? Anyone?… ANYONE WITH ME?!!?!
Have you done something similar with your closet?
This was my original list located here: How to shop and organize your wardrobe, and I’ve gotten through the important bits.
I’m also revising it to remove a few things:
Items Pictured Above:
- Thin Red Belt — Etsy P Store Handmade Red Belt – $14.50
- White Casual Blazer — Aritzia/Wilfred Shrunken Chevalier Blazer – $195
- Plain Brown Leather Boots — Haven’t really found them yet; What’s pictured is not it
Men’s Watch — Mondaine Don’t Rush Men’s Watch – $100(bought a Skagen watch) Leather Jacket — m0851 Perfecto in Ink — $780 – $830 (*cries*)(bought it on sale) Beige Trenchcoat — Burberry Woven Raffia Trench – $3095 (absolutely NOT in my range!)
- V-Neck Black Sweater — Patrizia Pepe – $95
- Navy Wide-Striped Shirt — A.L.C. Travis Striped Shirt – $140
White Drape-y Dress – Wilfred Franca Dress – $175 Brown Flats — Frye Carson Flats in Cognac $91 – $328(Purchased Frye Flats) Black Suede Round-Toe Pumps — Aldo Poston Shoes in Black Suede – $80
Why I am removing some items
The more I thought about it, the more I realized I don’t need it, especially since if the weather calls for it, I’m just going to put on either my red or my khaki green knee-length coat, or wear my new m0851 Perfecto Leather Jacket.
White Drape-y Dress
Do I really need ANOTHER dress?
Black Suede Round Toe Pumps
Am I really going to wear these? Not really. I am more of a flats kind of girl, and even at work, I’ve been getting lazy on the heel-wearing front.
I’d rather have those mid-calf boots instead.