2012 has been a year of many purchases, and just as many culls, a fact which I truly am loathe to acknowledge or wish to admit. I’ve found irony in the number of times that I vowed I would attempt to shop smarter, or cut down on my number of purchases. Neither of which I seem to have achieved in any respect, instead choosing to play up the number of frivolities I indulged in over the year.
I’ve found myself becoming increasingly drawn to the same kinds of images, perhaps a reflection of my style inclinations maturing, although who could say. Unsurprisingly the looks espoused in these images are comprised of stripes, skinny jeans or tapered trousers, silky blouses, streamlined skirts, and a simple colour palette devoid of excessive or bold prints.
This slight change in tastes has led to changes that are aligned or somewhat parallel in my wardrobe. Well, as aligned as possible, and in accordance with my lifestyle. As you can imagine, over time this meant parting with a number of items in my wardrobe that in reality, just didn’t fit, and was not limited to things such as incredibly high heels, frothy sugar-laced skirts and most prints that were loud in nature.
What has resulted is a wardrobe that is much more balanced, cohesive, with a much smaller focus on “impact” or “statement” pieces – an effect that can be much more simply acquired through accessories. Essentially, taking off on Nina’s idea of modest dressing, with statement shoes. Rather than feeling like I have nothing to wear, I can get dressed within a matter of minutes (or less!), yet I don’t feel like I am without options.
It probably helps that I have finally come to the realisation that just because something looks stunning on someone else, does not mean that the same will ring true for me (unfortunately). In a similar vein, I’ve started to consider how versatile a new purchase would be in my wardrobe – something I hope allows for a more thoughtful approach to shopping, although I”m pretty sure I’ve said something along those lines before.
While I don’t find myself defeated in my apparent wish to be a smarter shopper in 2012, I can always, and do, hope to do better in 2013. I’m not particularly fond of resolutions, as I feel that quite often it involves setting yourself up for disappointment, my own shopping resolution for 2013 is for my purchases to total less than half what I bought in 2012. Have you made any shopping resolutions for 2013?