This is gonna be long, and mostly to get my thoughts in order, but maybe it will help others, too. I hope so!

I felt like I shopped a ton heading into this past fall/winter and was, frankly, a little worried about it. Once everything was sorted, though, the shopping just stopped. Even without any sort of shopping ban in place, I haven't bought a single article of clothing since early December. Not even a treat-myself scarf.

I've been happy with my wardrobe, too. I haven't been tracking wears as carefully as I might, but I know which choices worked out best. Of the things I bought last season, good choices include:

Anthropologie embroidered shirt - This was a have-to-have-it piece I saw on Pinterest and bought on impulse. It was a fantastic addition to my wardrobe, and I wore it at least once a week during the transitional season.

Anthropologie duster cardigan - I've never had anything like this before, but it filled a wardrobe niche that I'd been thinking about for a long time - the long, boho sweater. I tried on a bunch of geometric-print, Aztec-inspired sweater coats, and they just weren't me. This solid cardigan in an earthy color hit me just right in my "bookish boho" place.

Lands End jeans - I bought two pairs of slim leg jeans from Lands End --one in burgundy and one in indigo--and they're near or below $1/wear and still going strong. I am owning up to the fact that, while I'd like to have a designer-jeans body, Lands End fits the body I have. Here's to paying attention to the mirror and getting past catalog frump!

Target linen tees - I bought a long-sleeve linen blend tee at Target sometime in November, and promptly went back for two more. They layer with everything, and the breathable fiber has been good on my rash-prone skin.

Born boots - My cap-toe tall booties have been AMAZING this season. That one detail adds instant funk to any outfit. I'm so glad I sprung for them.

The "magic hat" - My wool Panama hat was a super-star in the fall, and still comes out to play on warmer winter days. It boosted every outfit I added it to, and I get more compliments on it than any other item in my wardrobe.

I told you this would be long. I'm going to post this and then follow up with the not-so-good choices. Interesting that this list comes out to five items, isn't it? How French of me.