I meant to do a wrap up last year but was too lazy and never got around to it, this year how, I endeavored to do better! Looking back I see a lot of progress in how I put outfits to together, in figuring out my personal style and how to fix my closet. And I do mean it, that disaster did me no favors. I've made it a goal for 2014 to really pare down my closet, figure out the holes and also, to not buy as much stuff. A big closet do not mean better style, it just means more stuff and Id like to get to the place where I have a sharp, cohesive closet that's smaller.
All of that said, I thought Id do a round up. I totally stole this from Franish(who you should totally read and I mean now) but as I've been going through a similar thing with my closet and style, I felt like this would be a good way to sum up the year for me. Above are my favorite outfits for the year. They were fairly simple, mostly neural colors but all were looks that I really enjoyed wearing and felt good in.
Since working on building my closet out of the disaster it was, I've tried to be better about saving up for items I really, really love. I stopped say "that's out of my price range" when really what I'm saying is "I don't want to save up for it." I don't have $500 dollar to drop on boots at any point in time but by backing off shopping and just giving myself a few dollars to spend at the thrift store and staying away from shopping in general, I was able to save up for the Rag & Bone Harrow boots that I'd wanted for so long. (I also shopped smart and was patient, I waited until a pair popped up on ebay that was in a price range I felt good about.) I haven't worn the boots as much this winter because I'm worried about wreaking but I did wear them a ton during the fall. The Rag & Bone leather pants were the same, I really wanted a pair of leather pants, I saved up and I got these for about 1/5th of the retail price by waiting for them to show up on ebay. I freaking love these pants and they've been one of my favorite purchases. The Seychelles boots however were the first time I really focused on starting to spend my money of better fitting, better quality items. I'd worn out my cheap black ankle boots and was look around for a replacement pair. These boots really stood out to me and I waited for a while, not wanting to spend that much on them. Eventually I started saving for them and when they went on sale, I got them and I have been so happy with these boots. I really like the Seychelles brand, their shoes fit my wide feet and they're just about the most comfortable shoes I've found in a long time. I've worn these boots everywhere and they only have a tiny bit of wear.
I forgot to mention my lovely Jones Jeans Wool coat, I bought it recently but it's been in almost all of my outfits lately. I love the longer style and the fit and it's caused me to really focus on where I want my style to be.
The least favorite purchases. Again, there was a lot of these at the begging of the year and even later on. They were cheap buys that were versions of what I wanted but weren't quite right. The fit on this parka, as mentioned above, was AWFUL and it just looked sloppy. These AE jegging actually were really cute but aside from the one way I could think of to wear them, I was lost. Maybe if I was a more creative stylist I could have made them work but for me, they just didn't. This vest was actually a replacement for a vest I'd thrifted the year before that didn't work but because I didn't sit down and figure out exactly what I wanted in a denim vest, I bought this one. It's not bad, it's just not right for me. I don't really like the pale color,the fit or the length and after wearing it twice, I donated it.
I will say that one place I felt strong in this year was accepting c/o's. As in, I really didn't. I think it can be a dangerous thing to one's style and closet to endlessly accept clothing from retailers and I've been very careful about this. To date I've accepted clothing only fro H&M, a few things that they sent me and a few things that I bought with a gift card that they provided for me. The things that were sent to me were all garments I liked and were pretty true to my own style but I don't want to do a lot of blindly accepting stuff. With the gift card I applied my own shopping method of picking buying quality over quantity, "spending" a little more for fewer items that I loved. All of the items have been pretty constant in my wardrobe and I feel pretty good about that. I don't mind accepting c/o's, I just don't want to do very much of it. (And I will say that H&M was awesome to work with. they made it a real pleasure and I have nothing but good things to say about them.)
For 2014 I really want to figure out what I need in my closet and more important, what I need out. I've been working on cleaning it out for the past 6 months and while its better, its nowhere near where I want it to be. A large part of figuring out what items I will put into this year is figuring out what I want in fit and style of a garment and more importantly, versatility. you know that whole thing, think of three ways to wear something before you buy it? Huge failure on my part here. I'll see something, think of one great way to wear it and then....that's it. These past few months I've been better and have passed on quite a few items I like and that were pretty but didn't into my closet or hit the "three ways to wear rule.
So how about you guys? I just really like talking about this closet thing and I like seeing the change that's happening with fashion/style bloggers lately. A lot of people are starting to talk less about what they want to buy and more of what they want to throw out and I think that's kinda awesome. It's easy both in real life and in blogging to see something other people wear, want it, buy it and then realize it's not something you really want. (Herd mentality?) I really don't want to be such a consumer this year, I want to save my money, buy maybe a few things I love and then, novel concept here, remix them. I'm excited about this and making more progress in 2014.