Short and sweet, a bit boring perhaps (Team Dark Neutrals over here). These are all big ticket items that have been on my mind for a long time. Most of these items have been on "the list" for a year or two; I've browsed, done some try-ons, haven't found quite the right thing. Not planning on buying/trying 'til September; too much travel in August to play returns roulette, and I'd like to take advantage of Labor Day sales. The exception is the shoes; I need to give myself time to do try-ons before that "mountain formal" wedding the last weekend in September (I have three potential outfits planned for different weather scenarios, but only have the right shoes for one of them).

  • A good wool cocoon coat. Not black, camel, or navy. Looking for olive, dark brown, or oxblood. I've tried versions from Everlane and J Crew, neither is quite right. Looking at the Aritzia Wilfred version this year. Debating long vs mid-length.
  • A long cozy sherpa fleece hoodie. LL Bean finally released the Mountain Pile coat in a colour I'm excited about (espresso brown!), so I'll probably give this a go.
  • A versatile dressy low-heeled shoe or bootie. Narrowed down to two options, debating which one, and dark brown vs black. My dressiest bag is black leather, but I really prefer the look of browns these days... Maybe it's time to build a brown complement? I don't really like shopping for bags, but maybe I need a dark brown one.
  • New trail runners. Recurring purchase. I'm married to this model for now (Altra Lone Peak), and hoping I can snag a discount rather than pay full price. Having to replace these every 500-600 miles (6 to 10 months) is really annoying; it galls me to be generating landfill fodder, but I haven't figured out a viable alternative.

Not buying:

  • fashion sneakers
  • layering tops/tees
  • button-front shirts
  • casual pants
  • casual boots
  • puffy jackets
  • skirts/dresses

I'm in a good position with regards to essentials and basics, just need to 1) get over my sticker shock on these bigger one-and-done purchases and 2) not get distracted by smaller "that could be useful someday" items. Anyone else find it *so* hard to take the plunge on items over a certain price, even when you have a clear idea of what you want and have already explored lower-priced options and not found anything that ticks all the boxes?

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