As we enter the New Year, I want to hash over my wardrobe goals for 2017, and talk about my plans for 2018.
One of my big goals for 2017 was to introduce a little more personality into my wardrobe. On my wish list I added the words ‘statement piece’.
To me, a statement piece is an item that has a little more character, whether it be in terms of cut, style or colour. I felt like everything in my wardrobe was so simple and basic and I craved some variety, something a little more interesting.
Initially I bought just a few neutral basics, and feared I would always have a wardrobe consisting of just white, grey and black. Lucky for me, I ended up purchasing two dresses with interesting patterns right before the start of my shopping fast.
I ended up gravitating toward colour and pattern for the rest of the year. This was especially the case in the months of my shopping fast. During this period it became really clear that I needed more of these in my wardrobe.
I also found myself drawn to more pieces that are appropriate for layering. What this has meant is more items with relaxed silhouettes and lower necklines. I have found items that are structured or have higher necklines have gotten less wear.
What I found during the year is that I rarely wear skirts. I also found that shirts and tops got less wear. I am currently reevaluating my wardrobe, but I feel myself moving towards replacing my skirts and tops with dresses. I just think dresses have so much more versatility, and they are a great way to keep the wardrobe count low.
My 2018 wish list has a lot less structure than last year’s. I am allowing myself to be a little more creative with some of my choices. I don’t really have a list of specific items I am after, except for a pair of Birkenstocks to replace my broken thongs.
The most significant update is that I want to make sure I get no more than around six or seven items this year, and that most of them come from second hand sources.
The simple reality is that regardless of how ‘perfect’ my wardrobe seems one day, it’s possible I might be bored with it the next. For this reason, I should expect that things will come in an out of my wardrobe, and there is no point spending large sums of money on these things, as they lose their value the second they leave the retailer.
I have also discovered that aside from the obviously positive effect of recycling, there is actually an impressive amount of amazing second hand clothing out there!
I still intend to purchase good quality items, I just intend to do so second hand.
My shopping rules will apply once again. The shopping rules keep my shopping habits in context and minimise opportunities to get distracted and make shopping mistakes.
As for my budget, I have no idea what I’m going to get, so there is no set amount. It’s safe to say that since I intend to buy mostly second hand items and probably no more than seven of those, that I’ll spend significantly less than $1000 on my wardrobe this year.
A Small Wardrobe
Last year I ventured into YouTube, and that has been an amazing adventure. In the second part of the year, however, I gave myself way too much work. It is not healthy to work full time and make two videos and write blog posts a week. I found myself exhausted, and resolved to find more balance in 2018. For this reason, I will be returning to posting one video/blog post most weeks.
I have also been working on creating a more satisfying content routine for Patreon subscribers. In 2017 I didn’t feel like I was offering the value I wanted to. In 2018 Patrons are receiving a new post every week, to either complement the content I offer here or completely unique topics.
There are also a couple of other projects that I am working on for the blog, so stay tuned! Whatever the outcome, 2018 is going to be an interesting year!
Thank you for reading! I hope you are creating the life you want in 2018.