I do go through phases with my wardrobe — do you? I feel like I am just now coming to the end of a phase. This phase could be characterized by: let’s buy a lot of inexpensive (i.e., thrifted and consigned) items, have fun playing with them, then recycle them to the thrifts.
There’s nothing bad about this approach. It has been a lot of fun, especially in my trip to NYC for which I packed very little and “lived” in items I acquired there in the amazing thrift stores. I have managed to keep my closets from getting too full, by using my one-in, one-out policy fairly strictly.
I don’t know what’s moved me, but I feel now like changing to a higher quality, lower-volume wardrobe. I am re-reading some of my favorite style books and blog articles on the topics of the well-curated wardrobe, the pared-down wardrobe, and the quality-over-quantity debate.
Here are some of the ideas sloshing around in my head, about how to upgrade and slim down my current closet. I reserve the right to change my mind! but I am having fun with this paradigm right now. Some changes I’d like to make are:
- Better shoes and bags – it’s OK to thrift and consignment-shop these items, but I want very good quality and some personality in my shoes and bags.
|These Faryl Robin shoes would add quality and personality!|
- Better accessories – watch, bracelet, earrings. I do want one very nice watch, a steel one for everyday that makes me smile when I look at it. One terrific cuff and a pair of artisan earrings will fill this bill.
|I like this watch, for example, by Citizens.|
- Tops in better knits and silk blends, in black, navy, ivory, and gray. I have bought lots of “cheapie” tops and they have disappointed me after a couple of washings. Time for upgrades!
|A cashmere tee is luxurious and long-lasting.|
- Jeans that fit perfectly. This won’t be too hard, because I’m lucky to have a fairly standard-size lower body. But I often have “cheaped out” and purchased just-good-enough jeans. I really do want a great fitting pair that will upgrade my casual looks.