Monday, January 5, 2015

2014 Style Resolutions: End of Year Recap

Isabel Toledo Fall 1992
ph: Isbabel Toledo Fall 1992: Bill Cunningham/Edward Gorey for Visionare (1992)

Since I didn’t do a ¾ year recap, this sums up how I did overall for the year. I hope those that noticed enjoyed the Edward Gorey illustrations + Bill Cunningham photographs for this series.

1) Continue to spend less money on fashion purchases (Not including fine jewelry).
If I don’t count my Cartier and Bulgari rings, I was well under the predetermined budget I set for myself. If I factor in the Cartier ring, I went a few hundred dollars over. Only 8 out of my 40 acquisitions were over $100, and these items were my Bulgari ring, 2 Baccarat rings, Black Fleece dress, YSL leopard wedges, Cartier ring, Rick Owens dress, and Zara blazer. The majority of my clothing were from accessible chains: Gap/Banana/Old Navy, Target, Zara, F21, etc.

2) Improve Care & Maintenance
I made some improvements here. I did take things to the cobbler, but some of their fixes like re-dyes and polishing didn’t last very long. I took things to the tailor, and happy that with the umpteenth alterations on my Black Fleece pants (2x in 2014) has made them things I can wear regularly. I found a new and friendly dry cleaner, albeit not the most conveniently located. And will machine wash my wool sweaters to save time, (my) energy, and water. But I have unusual luck of misplacing/losing/vanishing into thin air the mates to my socks, scarves, arm warmers…There are still minor non-urgent alterations and cobbler fixes that I can look into when I feel like it.

3) One in, one out for heels.
I’m really proud of myself that I stuck to this! I did not succumb to the allure of ultimately useless heels. I added 2 new pairs of heels this year, my black velvet and leopard YSL/Tom Ford era "tai tais", and removed 2, Charles Jourdan “tai tai” pump and neglected & disintegrating black boots.

4) Continue to shop for and maintain a wardrobe suitable for my real life.
I did pull things out of my wardrobe. I was quick to return things that didn’t fit me. I resisted some sale temptations for things that were less than what I wanted or would be extraneous to my needs. I handed off things to friends and co-workers that I no longer wanted/needed. I tried to give priority to pieces that were practical, washable, and versatile.

5) Shop Like A Tourist (At Home)
I shopped more in-store. I made 40 fashion purchases total, 26 of which were purchased in-store.

How did you do on your last year’s fashion resolutions?

12 comments:

  1. Won some, lost some, but did well overall for the year. It's getting easier to streamline, so I have high hopes for this coming year. I really like the shop like a tourist idea; I'm sure I'd keep from spending so much if I had to visit a physical store. x_X

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    1. I pay online what I would turn away from in-stores. It's ridiculous! Not even that though, I tend to appreciate more the things I buy in person, rather than just opening a box and throwing it into the closet.

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  2. I'd like to make more in-store fashion purchases - in theory - but there's only one local shop I know of that sells Rick Owens, AND I can get better prices online. I did just buy a lovely Gap sweater in-store. It was exactly what I'd been searching for, for a few years, believe it or not. (How hard can it be to find a no-frills, loose, wool, black, quality pullover?!)
    Well done on your wardrobe accomplishments!

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  3. this is great - i especially love that you set realistic but still indulgent goals and didn't go overboard. #4 has been my motto for most of the past year and i managed to make fewer shopping 'mistakes'.

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    1. I'm glad I didn't buy weirdo heels like I did last year. Flats and basics aren't the most exciting things to buy, but I have to be honest that's what I wear the most.

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  4. Congrats and well done! I totally admire your restraint and splurge on the right pieces. I did better than last year but didn't keep my overall aquisitions low enough so this is the major aim for this year. Having said that most of my buys were accessories (jewels, scarves, shoes) which is almost complete therefore there's hope eventually for a much lower rate of purchases to the point of replacements only.

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    1. I feel like I bought so much stuff, but a lot of it was basic & practical things.

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  5. Curious as to why you prefer to shop in-store vs. online. Nothing beats trying on the item in-store, but I know if I walked through my usual shops I'd be more likely to buy on the spot as opposed to waiting for a deal.

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    1. I tend to shop more online, which is why I challenged myself to shop more in-person. It's being able to try it on in-store and the energy, gratification, and supporting my local economy of shopping in-store. Plus I tend to appreciate more the things I buy in-person, rather than opening a box and throwing it in the closet. Also it avoids the lag time of shipping back/refunds of online shopping. I also have more discipline when I shop in-person.

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    2. I can identify with the "magic" of shopping disappearing when it's just a box on your doorstep (and dinged up or dusty sometimes too.) The last positive in-store shopping experience I had where I felt like a pampered customer was at Diptyque, but otherwise, I feel like in-store shopping has become a game of stock shortages. I see something cute online, come in to try it, and the size I need is out-of-stock or the ever popular "we don't carry petites in-store." Overall this just makes going in-person frustrating and it decreases my desire to try/return if I can't verify my size for that brand, which my wallet is probably thankful for.

      Also I believe I might have asked you about BR pants before--just wanted to say that in 2014, Banana really killed it in the knits department and I walked away with three deliciously gray sweaters from them. No work pants yet, but yay warm sweaters!

      Hope you're having a swell 2015 so far! Good to see you poking about online :)

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  6. I did try to shop in-store more, but as I was thinking of the things in my closet that have stood the test of time and that I still love, it's about 50% bought online and 50% bought in store. I totally agree with buying stuff suitable to my lifestyle - I love the crazy CdG stuff but most of the time I'm in jeans and oversized tops.

    I think this year I'll just spend less on fashion and save more for travelling.

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    1. I feel the same way: travel > fashion. I am "clothe'd" out.

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