More than any other season change, transitioning into fall gets me in the mood to update my wardrobe. It may be the old habit of ‘back-to-school’ shopping, or the drastic difference between summer and fall style? Whatever it is really tempts me to shop and add new items to my wardrobe.
This fall I have un-capsuled my wardrobe (a process that led me to purge 52 more items, most that I had in storage ‘just in case’!) and I’m left with around 60 of my favorite things to wear year-round. I knew I wanted to add a couple of new things to ‘freshen’ up my wardrobe and fill in a few holes that were created when I got rid of items that were no longer working for me. So, I created a wishlist and over the past month or so I’ve been selecting the items.
Here’s a look at what I’ve added, what I’m keeping, and what’s going back.
Adidas Superstar sneakers (found mine on Poshmark, available here)
Shoes are one of the best ways to change the feel of an outfit, so adding a trendy pair of sneakers seemed like an easy way to make some old outfits feel fresh and new. Since I’ve been making more of an effort to be a conscious consumer, I knew I’d need to hunt down a pair secondhand since Adidas does not meet ethical manufacturing standards. I got lucky and didn’t have to search too hard (or be too patient) because I found a gently used pair in my size on Poshmark for $58 one of the first days I looked. Even better, I had credits from items I’d sold, so the cost to me was $0. I’ll be wearing these on casual Fridays, but also with dresses and pants (like I did last week).
Navy V-Neck Sweater (c/o Baukjen)
One lesson I learned last winter is that although I love the look of chunky, oversized knit sweaters, I do not like the way they look on me. I purged a few, which left me with holes in my wardrobe. This timeless navy sweater in my favorite v-neckline is an easy, versatile addition (I ordered it in a large for a baggier fit). I checked in with Baukjen to ask about they’re manufacturing facilities and was so excited to hear that they really value creating safe and fair working conditions and regularly visit the facilities.
Striped T-Shirt Dress (Brass Clothing):
Now that I am not pumping at work I am psyched to be wearing more dresses. When Brass Clothing introduced their first print (stripes!!) in their T-Shirt dress I knew it would go a long way in my closet. I originally ordered the large after reading some reviews about it being too fitted in the hips, but I decided that made it look too frumpy up top, so I sent it back in exchange for a medium (I’ll keep you posted on the fit). The fabric feels like a very lightweight sweatshirt and is so soft. I love that it’s thick enough that I don’t have to worry about my undies or bra showing through the white. It’s an easy piece to wear on a warmer day, but the layering options for fall and winter are endless.
White A-Line Dress (Brass Clothing)
This dress caught my eye from the moment I laid eye on it a year ago. I ordered it right away when Brass restocked it in an updated design (after listening to customer reviews they changed the material, altered the cut slightly, and added a lining). The fabric is a dream – it’s very substantial, has some stretch, and the quality is amazing. It has two small pockets and I love the detail of the slightly longer, wider sleeve. I hemmed and hawed at if I should keep this dress and send about a billion texts to Andrea (Seasons and Salt) about it. In the end, I decided for fall my money would be better spent on a different item, but this white a-line is still on my long term wish list. I ordered a medium and it fit great up top, though it did pull just ever so slightly across my hips, so it didn’t skim my body like a true a-line cut.
White Top (Everlane)
My first Everlane purchase and it’s a dream! I added this to replace a few blouses I didn’t feel good wearing, but also my white tees that don’t look great on me. It’s cool (literally and figuratively), makes a subtle statement (which is one of my wardrobe goals), and goes with almost everything in my closet. At $88, it’s a definite splurge, but I decided to treat myself and my wardrobe to something that I love.
One area my wardrobe falls short is pants for work. I’m not a huge fan of wearing slacks, but I also get sick of wearing black or gray skinny jeans as my ‘dress up’ pants. I decided a pair of chinos was a great middle-of-the-road option for work. I tried the girlfriend chinos from the Gap and loved the fit and color, but again decided to search secondhand as a more sustainable option. I found this older pair of Gap skinny boyfriend chinos on Poshmark for $15 ($0 with credits). The color is a bit darker than the inspiration, but close enough for me.
Clogs (Moheda Betty Clogs, via Ebay)
I’ve been seeing clogs show up more and more, so I decided if I was going to invest in some new shoes, I wanted to be at the start of the trend so I can get the most out of them. My concern was that the wood soles would be too stiff and uncomfortable when I’m on my feet all day at work, but (happily) I was wrong. I was honestly surprised at how ready-to-wear these Moheda clogs were right out of the box. The leather upper is exceptionally soft and the wood sole is easy to walk in. I had no issues wearing them to teach all day. Just like the Adidas, I love that they’re a standout shoe, so they will give some of my past looks an updated feel
Now the trick is to reign it in. Personally, once I start browsing, purchasing, and trying out my new pieces I slip right back into the habit. Now that I’m settled on these 6 new pieces (since I returned one dress) it’s time to stop browsing to reduce the temptation. Instead, I’m going to look for fun new ways to mix-and-match the pieces from my core wardrobe.