By my count, I’ve added 31 pieces to my wardrobe since the start of 2020, 8 of which were purchased secondhand and 2 of which were pre-loved gifts (thanks nemosmom!).

These numbers are pretty much in keeping with previous years, and I would estimate that a roughly equal number of items have left my closet, though I haven’t been keeping close track. My secondhand ratio may have dropped a bit due to local thrift and consignment being unavailable all spring and into summer. These shops are mostly reopened here, but social distancing restrictions aren’t very conducive to browsing so I’ve dropped off donations but haven’t been in.

If there is a theme, it is gear, loungewear, and very casual. I bought one pair of metallic sandals and a short-sleeve jumpsuit to attend a wedding that ended up being postponed indefinitely. Luckily, the wedding would have taken place outdoors in June, so the pieces I did get some wears throughout the summer whenever I managed to go out in the world.

I don’t intend to add much more this year, as my lifestyle -- a bit of tutoring and babysitting, some online teaching, and homeschooling my 6yo (we figured this would be a good year to try it out and are having a blast so far!) -- doesn’t require anything new wardrobe-wise. If I have any sort of vision for fall and winter, it’s jeans and sweaters, which sounds… predictable! More specifically, I like the idea of heritage knits (think nordic and fair isle) paired with wider denim. I’m dreaming of indulging in a holiday sweater -- somewhat ironic now that I don’t have to partake of any silly “ugly sweater” days. I would love to find a pair of bootcuts, and I took advantage of a jeans promo at Madewell to try out the two pairs in Finds (click the one with no available image; the colour is sublime!). Love the front patch pockets. They should arrive later this week, fingers crossed they fit the way I want them too. My wide-legged cords from last year are back in rotation now that it’s chilly, and soon I’ll pull out my plaid wool trousers. I am keeping an eye out for long-sleeve tees/knit tops to wear underneath woolly cardigans and pullovers, and of course I’m always open to adding warm, waterproof footwear for our long slushy/icy winters.

Throwing in a few somewhat boring September WIWs. Featuring a new chino skirt, a new plaid linen scarf that I'm really loving for transitional fall weather, and a new-to-me waxed cotton anorak that I picked up in the spring and haven't had many chances to wear yet (drought!). There's a clear progression from mild early September to damp, grey late September. Plus, my 2020 numbers for anyone who's interested:

Gear (7):

  • 1 hiking/running skirt
  • 1 pair running shoes
  • 1 pair hiking shoes (secondhand)
  • 1 pair gym shorts (secondhand)
  • 1 long sleeve SPF shirt
  • 1 pair hiking pants
  • 1 fleece baselayer top

Lounge (5):

  • 2 sweatshirts
  • 1 pair sweatpants
  • 1 pair slippers
  • 1 pair pj shorts

Everything else (19):

  • 1 flannel shirt (secondhand)
  • 1 vintage cotton sweater (secondhand)
  • 1 pair chinos (secondhand)
  • 1 pair vintage jeans (secondhand)
  • 1 waxed cotton anorak (secondhand)
  • 1 cotton cropped tank top
  • 1 linen shorts
  • 1 jumpsuit
  • 1 sunhat
  • 1 pair canvas sneakers (secondhand)
  • 2 pairs sandals
  • 1 pair linen pants
  • 1 linen scarf
  • 1 chino midi skirt
  • 1 long sleeve tee
  • 1 cropped wool cardigan
  • 1 linen shirt (gifted)
  • 1 pair linen wide-leg pants (gifted)

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