07 December 2012

The Winter List

As winter approaches I am thinking of cozy sweaters and thick tights and skirts.
I've also been thinking about buying clothes and the choices that go into it. When I moved I thinned out my wardrobe considerably by giving away or selling things from college or didn't wear anymore. Most of the things I no longer wanted were bought at inexpensive stores and usually without much thought behind it.
I don't want to be thoughtless about whats in my closet and what I wear because I love fashion. Being thoughtless about money is just plain irresponsible.
Call me a data nerd, but at the start of the fall I made a spreadsheet of all the things I really wanted. At first it was just things like, "oxblood sweater," or ,"black boots." Then it started to fill in as I found specific items and I added options and prices. The Super Important Autumn List was born and really kept me in line.
My little experiment was a huge success. Mixing things and layering is a breeze now. My closet doesn't feel like its filled with things I hate, and you'll never catch me saying, "I don't have a thing to wear." And all that money I saved is going towards an adventure in February.
Of course I do make exceptions when I fall head over heels in love with a pretty vintage dress...
What's on your winter style wishlist?
Free people sweater
JCrew blouse (similar)
Nixon watch
ASOS skirt
Steve Madden booties
Clare Vivier Messenger bag

22 comments

  1. Making a list is a great idea. I recently started giving away and selling things I no longer wear and I feel a lot better about it. I don't need to anyway so I might as well just quit being sentimental and get rid of the excess. I still have a long way to go, but I'm trying not to add anything else to my closet right now! Although I WOULD really like a nice pair of pajamas.....


    PS - love the lip color!!

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  2. What a lovely sweater! I can'T wear wool and don't like synthetics so I've got real trouble finding nice winter sweaters.
    I make spread sheets for everything as well. ;)

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  3. I tend to make lists each season of what I want but I then have trouble keeping to them!

    Laura
    www.whitewintersblog.com

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  4. isitsecretisitsafeDecember 7, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    I love that skirt! It's perfect! Also, I like the spreadsheet idea! I'm really bad about buying things I don't need, so making a list of essentials is smart!

    -Katie

    http://isitsecretisitsafeblog.blogspot.com/

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  5. Spreadsheet nerds unite! I'm right there with you on consciously buying more quality items. Currently my next thing is a Cambridge Co. Satchel.

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  6. I've also been trying to do this for the last couple of years (erm, without the spreadsheet). Basically, I seldom regret any really considered purchase (even if it's impractical--hi Alexandra Grecco dress that is too nice to wear most of the time). I feel like I'm finally on the road to loving most of my closet and it has come through buying nice basics and sweaters.


    Wow, that was a pointless comment. Basically, you're so right! :D

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  7. Its not pointless! When I was making the spreadsheet I was thinking about how you wrote about trying to make only one thoughtful purchase a month. It makes it so much easier to get dressed in the morning.

    PS--my new Topshop shoes remind me of a pair of shoes you have and I didn't realize it until I took those pics haha

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  8. i've been thinking of this a lot lately too! i did a huge purge in the spring but i'm pretty much back to where i started, so I really need to buck up and change my habits. i've decided not to buy anything during december (convenient, since i can never afford to during this month anyway) and do an even more ruthless purge. i've been thinking a lot about some basic pieces I feel like my wardrobe needs. i also think blogging helps a lot! i notice what i actually wear the most, so i can try to work my wardrobe around them.

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  9. What the... okay I need help with my wardrobe, hOW DID YOU DO THIS??

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  10. I wish I was disciplined enough to make a spread sheet! I'm so terrible at things like that. I know one thing's for sure - if I has a wish list that skirt would be on it!

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  11. That's a great idea to make a spreadsheet of things you really want/need for the upcoming season. I love making lists, so I might have to adapt this for my own using! I love combining long sleeved button-ups and sweaters (like you did here), so perhaps a new cozy sweater will be on my list for winter.

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  12. That's a genius idea! I try hard to consider what I purchase, except at jumble sales (where I go a bit crazy but at 20p an item, how can I not) I wanted a pair of ankle boots in a brown/burgundy colour and resisted buying any high street ones for months, then found the perfect pair in a charity shop. That is a lovely jumper too.

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  13. You look chic AND cozy! I have a problem with purchasing items without trying them on OR just because they're a bargain. The result is me donating pieces I haven't even worn! Definitely need to learn how to buy more basics.

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  14. I like the sound of making a data sheet... may try that one. I also love this jumper.

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  15. I'm really cautious about purchasing online because this has happened to me too! I have to take the exact measurements (like Etsy) or the shop has to have free shipping on returns.

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  16. It's so good to think about the way you consume, especially when it comes to clothes. I think making a spreadsheet is a great idea (and exciting for a strategically organized person, such as myself). It's good to focus on quality things that you really want, as opposed to frivolously spending!

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  17. I figured you meant those shoes, aka, the ones that you recognized when we went to the cobbler even though I didn't. ;)

    I've
    been wearing socks with all my shoes all winter... I've been kind of
    hoping no one would notice, cos I'm just doing it from a cold feet point
    of view... but actually I like how it looks in the recent pictures!

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  18. DUDE, share those listmaking skills with us please!! I've been wanting to find a method to optimize my shopping. I'm over mindless spending as well.

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  19. I think after this discussion I'm gonna have to! Its on its way :)

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