Building a Wardrobe

So back in August, I vowed to take on a 60-day spending freeze. I cheated once and then again on day 50. I figure, “Eh whatever. I lasted 50 days.” Since then, I have shopped but I’ve been focusing on investing in pieces (vs impulsively shopping). During the freeze, I started slowly making a list of things that I want so that I can start saving little by little:

  1. Black pants: I bought a pair of J.Crew’s black toothpick pants and really love how comfortable they are!
  2. Blazers: I found a few that I love and would love to pair them with simple tanks.
  3. A gold watch: I’m eye a Marc Jacobs watch and think I’m going to make the purchase after our vacation.
  4. Black coat: I love a simple, black coat for the winter but I need to figure out the best length for me.
  5. Nude/brown pumps: I have a pair of nude heels that I absolutely love. I thought these brown ones were great too.
  6. A lace dress: I bought this one from F21 for a wedding (picture) and absolutely love it. Cheaper but fits well.

I’ll hopefully be updating my wardrobe list as the months go on. Less frivolous shopping and more investing. *Repeat*

Have you invested in any quality wardrobe additions lately? How has your style changed over the past few years?

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Comments (16)

  • I’m all about the wardrobe staples, so hooray! I’m eyeing (and saving up for) a navy blazer at the moment.

  • Great choices! I’ve had my eye on a lace dress this season.

  • Mb was in the market for a gold watch but didn’t want the faux bling on the hour marks. She settled on this one, which is about a hundo cheaper than the MbMJ (which is a nice-looking watch, btw). Totally sure you’ve already done your research, but just thought I’d throw it out there. I’m a bit of a watch person, and I was really impressed by the quality of the Guess for a non-precious metal/quartz movement timepiece for under $150. Watches in the 125-500 dollar range can get tricky on quality, so make sure you find somewhere you can get a hold of the thing before you buy (again, you probably already have done/know that, but I’ve been burned dealing over the internet when stuff arrives that doesn’t matchy-matchy the photo).

    http://shop.guess.com/Catalog/View/U13578L1?CMP=CSE-GESGoogleProd&mr:trackingCode=CA4CE149-9C0A-DF11-A0C8-002219318F67&mr:referralID=NA&mr:filter=39336443256&mr:adType=pla&origin=pla&mr:match={matchtype}&mr:ad=19611995496&mr:keyword={keyword}&dnr=true

  • Oooh yeah! I, too, have just started building a new wardrobe for my fall staples. I just got a Michael Kors gold watch which I loooove, I picked up a tweed gray blazer from H&M, my denim button up from Rack and my fave dark denim jeans from J. Crew. Those are definitely my favorites right now. Oh, and a couple scarves that pair up with everything nicely. Have fun shopping! Since that long spending freeze, you’ve earned it!

    • Love it! And you’re right about earning it. I feel like I avoided shopping for so long – I’m definitely making a dent now haha

  • A good pair of riding boots. I feel like that’s a timeless piece to add to your wardrobe. And a damn good bag. What I’ve learned over the years is to spend less on things I’ll just toss aside but invest more in quality pieces that will stick with me for many, many years to come. Anyway a man tells a woman she’s spending too much, just say, “Oh honey, these are investment pieces!” ;)

  • Couldn’t agree more and love these picks!

  • I love these essentials. I’ve purchased a few blazers, some recently, and some that I from a few years ago, but I still love and wear them all. They’re great investment pieces. I would also say the same about my nude heels, they’re so versatile, I can pretty much wear them for any occasion. But, I’m still lacking a good watch. I’ll have to find one soon, definitely.

    • Totally agree. I just got three thinner blazers to wear this fall. I don’t like it when they’re too thick because I get so hot!

  • I love this! I recently got rid of almost my entire wardrobe and built it back up from scratch, and it’s been really eye opening. I’m definitely spending more money on the essentials (including that pair of J.Crew pants!), and really being thoughtful about what I buy. I’m considering going on a spending freeze soon, which will probably make shopping after that much sweeter :)

    I’m loving the pieces you listed here Allie! I definitely need to find myself a few new blazers for the fall ;)

    xoxo,
    Joelle

    • Blazers are so fun! And so is rebuilding your wardrobe. It’s nice to know you can take your time and love each piece.

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