It's getting to be that time, right?
Here's the Suz review for 2019.
This includes coats, footwear, bags, dressy items, and even scarves.
It does not include gear, PJs and purely functional items like gloves and hats for outdoors. (Although there is one "outdoor" scarf in my Purchases collection because it is so pretty I might try to wear it inside if not too hot.)
2 items are missing because they wore out and I had to retire them within their season. Thank you very much Zara. OTOH, I did get a great deal of wear from them even in that one season, so it wasn't a total waste. I just hate to think of the landfill.
I made 35 retirements.
I may be missing one or two items here that I've been waffling about and are in holding but will actually be going out the door soon. In any case, the numbers are more or less equal, which is pretty typical for me.
Of the purchases, one was on consignment. Everything else was purchased on substantial sale, either at NAS, the Rack, or a storewide sale.
10 items (or about 1/3) were replacements/ upgrades for things I was retiring due to wear and/or datedness, often direct replacements. (E.g. silver bootie for silver bootie, higher waist jeans for lower waist jeans.)
I’d class at least 10 of the items as essentials to my style. The rest are statements or completers.
This was the year of fun AND practical footwear for me. Almost all my new footwear makes a big statement. I love it that way and love how footwear can work to update a look. I bought 2 statement booties, 1 statement boot, and 2 statement sneakers!
My goals for 2019 were:
1. Spend time reflecting on how I can reconcile my “trendy” style persona with my ethical aspirations. Shopping for statement items (and even some essentials) via consignment is one way; patronizing local and/or ethically conscious designers for essentials is another. But what about wardrobe churn? I plan to set aside a weekend just to research, and another weekend to reflect on it and make some plans.
I did this reflection. I resolved to purchase less and try to buy more on consignment. I did well on the first sub-goal— I made 20 fewer purchases last year than the previous year — almost cut my purchasing in half! But I didn't do so well on the second goal. I shopped consignment but only found one item I wanted. That is the nature of it.
Retired items were either well and truly worn out, or they went to good homes, some to my step-daughter, who values them.
"In the meantime, I will continue my more-or-less intuitive style of shopping — editing out what’s worn or doesn’t fit or doesn’t please me and adding as I see fit, just observing my patterns without judgement."
Success! And the result was really positive — I think just setting the intention to purchase more mindfully seemed to help.
2. Continue to wear outfits that are: Modern, Classic, Vivid, Practical, and Playful.
I think I achieved that.
3. "Revisit the idea of a work-from-home “uniform” that does not include jeans."
Did not really do this. It didn’t seem necessary in the end.
4. "Revamp/upgrade my gear."
A few favourite outfits from the year. I didn't take a lot of photos, so it is what it is!
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