Last Wednesday I debuted my new favorite top (LOFT's striped rib trim tank). I can't get over how much I love this tank. (I only wish it photographed better than it actually does.) After that post, I started thinking about focusing more on my favorites, even at the expense of the rest of my closet.
An outfit that started as just a top quickly became a top and bottoms when I thought of my newest pants. It was too cool to wear just the tank and pants -- I needed another layer. I had already worn these pants with black before, and wanted to try something new. My old navy cardigan quickly came to mind. Now normally I'm not one to pair black and navy, but I figured I could get away with it this time. (The stripes on the tank are black.)
Let's not talk about the footwear though. I must have tried on ten different pairs before settling on this one. I think it's finally time that I get a pair of cognac flats. What do you think? What shoes would you suggest for this outfit?
Last week, I played hooky and went to the Outlet Mall. I nearly walked away empty handed and would have had I been able to show some self control. But I just can't resist $6 scarves. While I was tempted by saddle and seaport blue I chose berry crush because I no longer had a dark floral scarf (after giving one back to the friend who had given me that scarf in the first place). Replacements are totally justified purchases, right?
Even if they're not, multi-colored scarves are always justified purchases. You can obviously pair them with whatever colors are in the scarf itself, or experiment with contrasting and coordinating colors. I honestly couldn't decide what color top to pair this scarf with first. I had it narrowed down between black, white, coral, fuchsia, and mint. Fuchsia won the battle, but it's the scarf berry crush that wins the war.
Sometimes I put together an outfit I've never worn before, and then spend the entire day thinking "how did I not think of this combination sooner?!" Enter bear dress and denim jacket.
Sometimes I like an outfit enough that I'll keep it on the back burner so I can wear it again on the weekend and/or when I know my outfit won't get blogged. This is definitely one that will get worn again, but you won't know when or how many times that will happen.
Sometimes I get fixated on wanting a particular item. In this case, I really want a pair of floral flats. I ordered this pair from Target, but they were too tight on the heel. Now I'm waffling between this pair and this pair (in yellow). Thoughts?
Spring weather has been here for a while, but you might not be able to tell just by looking at my recent outfits. I somehow forgot to start wearing floral prints and bright colors until last week (I'm behind with my blogging - blame it on final exams). On a particularly sunny day, I picked my brightest and boldest and springiest dress and cardigan. The cardigan I had originally picked was red-orange, but I didn't like the look, so I swapped it out for a more subdued one.
If you're on the hunt for a bold floral dress, I'd direct you to this one or this one if you're on a budget and/or into pattern mixing. How do you spring?
At some point in college, I developed my first shopping philosophy. It went something like this: spend no more than $10 on a tank or tee, $15 on a skirt, $20 on a top, $25 on a sweater, $30 on pants. It worked for a while, although I ended with a lot of $15 tops from Forever 21. Most of those are in sitting in a ThredUp bag today, waiting to be sent off.
While I've done away with that philosophy, I still find myself shuddering at the thought of spending $25 on a top (and then do it anyway). Last month, I ordered a few tops from LOFT. I thought the graphic tee would my favorite of the haul, but it was actually this striped tank. I've worn it three times in the past two weeks. I have honestly found myself trying to calculate whether enough time has passed so that I can wear it again. (It's been exactly a week... that's enough time, right?)
$22 is a ridiculous amount to spend for a tank top. But $22 also feels like nothing when we're talking about the happiness that I feel when I wear this tank. Moral of the story? Forget the price tag, focus on the feeling. And feel that way about everything you buy.
Are you tired of seeing this sleeveless blazer? Sorry I'm not sorry. But isn't this how we should feel about our clothes? Shouldn't we want to wear them all the time and actually wear them all the time? The same thing is currently happening with my new striped tank. I can't sing enough praises for it, as you'll see later this week.
In hindsight, I should have opted for a black tank or a tee with longer sleeves, but I didn't consider it at the time. I will the next time I wear it... which will probably be sometime later this week. What are you wearing on repeat?
Gap floral dress: $29 - An impulse purchase, but a good one at that. It's the perfect dress for my body type. I can't say enough good things about it.
Groopdealz spike bracelet: $10 - I've worn it countless times. It was my go-to bracelet whenever I didn't know what to put on my wrist, until I misplaced it.
(not pictured) Groopdealz bracelet: $6 - I paired this bracelet with the spike one all the time. I'd say I got my money's worth, even if I have no idea where the bracelet is now.
Old Navy olive blouse: $20 - I remember really wanting an olive blouse, and was so happy when I found this one. But for some reason, I just don't wear it that much. It has become more of a layering piece than a standalone top.
Another good budget rewind! I'll be even more content if I get myself to wear this olive blouse at least one more time before the dog days of summer set in.
Joe Fresh (via JCPenney) skirt: $0 - c/o Mom. Love it. And I love that I almost spent $40 on it but my mom wanted to get it for me because she had some awesome coupons and could get it for much less than I could. I look forward to lunch dates this summer when I can wear it again. (I feel like it's too short to be worn on teaching days.)
Honorable mentions (a.k.a., returns):
The Limited polka dot skirt: $23 - As stated last year, "The polka dot skirt wrinkled too easily and was too light." No regrets returning this one.
The Limited navy pencil skirt: $23 - In theory, a navy pencil skirt would be perfect for my closet. In reality, that might be the case, but that pencil skirt would not come from The Limited. It has taken me years to learn, but The Limited does not design pencil skirts for my body type. Additionally, pencil skirts and button downs have been phased out as my teaching uniform and replaced for more casual outfits. Long story short: no regrets returning this one.
These budget rewinds for 2014 have been so easy and so satisfying. Very few regrets, but then again, very few purchases, too. I'm hoping that I can take the lessons learned from doing these budget rewind posts and keep those lessons in mind as I shop this year.