I really thought October was going to be a big shopping month, but here we are at the end and, while I bought more than I did during the summer months, my three items are hardly breaking the bank.
Instead of the statement shopping binge I'd planned, my purchases were mostly replacement items.
My Good American jeans from last year's NAS gave up the ghost mid-month with a thigh tear after 57 wears. I also let my AllBirds from last year go after 138 wears.

Things I bought:

AllBirds wool runners in cocoa - Love this color and I think it's just a little different for pairing with all my burgundy and rust.

Universal Standard jeans - I haven't done a lot of shopping at Universal Standard, because their modern, geometric shapes and cool color story are often at odds with the soft lines and warm colors of my aesthetic. However, these jeans are SO COMFORTABLE and fit perfectly.  Easily the best I've had in years.  I bought the longer length and my only question is whether to let them scrunch or give them a chop, as I did enjoy the unfinished hems on my Good Americans.

Sundance silk peasant blouse - Yup, I kept it.  It hasn't really scratched my itch for a new signature piece, but does give me another blouse option.  At this point, I'd almost go so far as to say that floral silk blouses have become a wardrobe essential for me. If not that, they're at least a staple statement.  Is that a thing?

and one more piece...

Garnet Hill cashmere duster cardigan (returned) - I also ordered a duster cardigan in "heathered black" to try. "Heathered black", it turned out, meant "charcoal gray." It looked terrible on me and matched nothing in my closet. I need a piece like that to match pretty much EVERYTHING in my closet, so back it went.

I'll be back to add a pic of me in all three items, but I confess, I didn't wear the shoes for longer than the length of the photo, as I don't love them with the jeans. Plenty of other things to wear them with!

Here's the boilerplate:

In our yearlong shopping challenge, I committed to buying 31 or fewer items (not counting undergarments).

January - 0 items

February - 5 items

March - 2 items

April - 2 items

May - 4 items

June - 1 item

July - 2 items

August - 0 items

September - 1 item

October - 3 items

This brings my total purchases for the year to 20 purchases, still plenty of room to to an end-of-year refresh! You can see all my 2019 purchases together in this collection. I've retired 26 items this year, so my wardrobe is shrinking. All in all, I have 113 items total in my closet, if I count all categories except jewelry, underwear and sleepwear (though I am counting sleep/lounge in my 31 purchases and my retirements.)

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