30 items of clothing, 8 pairs of shoes, 2 bags
When I wrote my wish list for 2017 at the end of 2016, I wanted some statement pieces for my wardrobe. I have a lot of classic basics and I wanted some exciting textures and patterns in the mix. Well, my own obsession with simplicity has undermined this endeavour. I have purchased six items of clothing in 2017 and the only way to describe them is ‘classic basics’.
Don’t get me wrong, I have really tried. I have wandered the internet and shop fronts far and wide for statement dresses, trousers and knits, but have failed to find what I want.
There are two reasons for this. The first is my obsession with quality, especially when it comes to knitwear. There are few textured knits that are made with yarns that I am happy with. A lot of (even the $uper expen$ive) knits I have been interested in have been blends with irritating fibers like angora and raw wool or synthetics like nylon and acrylic. I refuse to spend a substantial amount of money on something that will either irritate my skin or fail to insulate me. The second reason are the shapes of what I have seen. The interesting pieces do not suit me in terms of cut. My hunt for statement pieces has thus been sabotaged by my lack of impulsivity and my neurotic attention to detail.
There is still hope, however. I am still looking to find statement pieces as half my shopping budget remains, and I really need no more basics. If I find none that suit me, it is pretty likely I will spend below my shopping budget this year.
A recent addition to my wardrobe has been the Flynn V Neck Pullover by one of my favourite brands, Morrison. It is not exactly what I would call a statement piece. It is a high quality basic item with a lot of flexibility. It is made of a fine merino charcoal wool which is soft on the skin and insulating.
While the piece isn’t exactly what I was initially searching for, it is exactly what I needed in my wardrobe. It is perfect for work and casual situations, as well as travel. This simple piece suits most of my needs perfectly.
Its function in my wardrobe is as a loose layering piece, which was something I really wanted. All my other knits are form fitting and end above the derriere. I wanted something with a relaxed hem that I could wear over loose dresses and tights.
Below are three ways I will be wearing my long charcoal knit as the weather cools.
1. As a dress. The knit is long enough to justify wearing over tights. I have layered with a black merino knit and a white shirt in both these looks.
2. As a layer over longer layers. Worn over a shirt dress. Tucked into a longer skirt for a different silhouette.
3. Under things. Both out and tucked in, the knit is an excellent insulating layer.