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?