January, February and March 2019 Well Layered Wardrobe Must Haves!

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Have you been following along with the #2019stylechallenge? If not, head back to this post and read all about the details. Here are the basics though:

  1. Cut down on purchases by only buying one new item each month

  2. If I donate 10 items, I can purchase one additional item

  3. If I sell an item I can replace it with something of equal or lesser value (preferably consignment!)

That’s All Folks!

I wanted to share my picks so far this year. I have to be honest: this has been SO MUCH HARDER for me than I thought it would be. As someone who browses the sale section on Nordstrom.com as a leisure activity, it’s incredibly hard to break the shopping habit.

January and February were pretty easy…I think because the weather was so cold and all I wanted to do was cuddle up in my fuzzy Patagonia all day…there wasn’t as much temptation for a wardrobe refresh. As we’ve moved into warmer spring weather though, the struggle is real.

Levi’s Denim Jacket

Levi’s Denim Jacket

Salt Shoppe Straps

Salt Shoppe Straps

My January pick is something that I’ve been looking for forever: my perfect denim jacket! It’s funny because for a really long time I thought I wasn’t really a denim jacket person…but then I put on this one….and it just felt right. I knew it was something that met my general purchase criteria:

  1. It’s been on my “wants” list for a long time, and therefore isn’t just an impulse buy

  2. I can wear it pretty much year round so I know I will get a lot of use out of it

  3. It is a classic piece that will never go out of style

  4. It’s made of a natural fabric (100% cotton denim) which is better for the environment

In February I stumbled across a brand which I have completely fallen in love with that makes these beautiful interchangeable purse straps. Not only is it a great way to get more versatility out of the purses I already own, but they are made by female artisans in Columbia and a portion of the sales go to support them and their families. Major style score! I love my strap so much I may be ordering another later in the year…

Now we’re on to March…when I really started feeling the itch to refresh for Spring. I had sold a couple of wardrobe items online in February so I decided it was time to cash those bad boys in for a couple of fresh new items!

I’ve been looking for the perfect pair of white denim FOR-EV-ER. Not too tight, not too loose. Not see through, but still a crisp white. Casual but can be dressed up. Ultimately I landed on these beauties which I was able to find on MAJOR sale. They are 100% rigid denim (aka, no stretch) so they’ll keep their shape and will last me season after season!

New sunglasses were also high on my wants list…I’ve been wearing the same pair pretty much for three summers in a row now and really wanted an upgrade. I love the pink hue these have and know I’ll get so much wear out of them (always think cost per wear instead of total cost!)

Lastly, I’ve been eyeing this brand forever but haven’t made a purchase because their pieces, while beautiful and a great wardrobe investment, are quite expensive! I found a beautiful blue linen button down I couldn’t resist on Poshmark for a fraction of the cost and didn’t think twice.

Magda Butrym Denim

Magda Butrym Denim

Tom Ford Eyewear

Tom Ford Eyewear

Frank and Eileen Linen Shirt

Frank and Eileen Linen Shirt

While this exercise has been challenging, it’s been incredibly rewarding too! Not only have I experienced absolutely NO purchase anxiety or remorse, but I am becoming more fully aware and appreciative of all of the beautiful items I am lucky to own. The idea of slowing down with purchases and shopping with intention has been gaining popularity lately and for good reason.

As we approach Earth Day next week (and frankly, my hope with this challenge is to help bring this top of mind all year round), let’s all think about what our style choices are saying about what we value. Fashion and clothing production is the 2nd largest contributor to pollution on this planet and shopping more slowly, with more intention and getting the most use out of the pieces we do own is a small way we can each play a part in looking super stylish while also keeping our beautiful planet top of mind.

I’d love to see how you are taking on the 2019 Style Challenge and making it your own (and if you haven’t started yet but want to, no worries, its never too late!) Let me know in the comments below or shoot me an email to connect about what the #2019stylechallenge means to you!

 
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