It’s time to join my pals Sarah, and Kim for our monthly Signature Style Edit. Let’s talk about Buying better clothes, buying less of them, and wearing them more. Think of CPW (costs per wear). Let’s talk about How to Refresh Your Closet by Buying Very Little.
When you are considering new items ask yourself these three questions. Does it fit well? If not, don’t buy it. Do you own something similar? If so, you don’t need it. Do you know where and when you will be wearing it? If you have no idea, do not buy it.
I want to refresh my wardrobe and bring you some fresh ideas on how to update your look for fall, but I don’t want to buy a bunch of “stuff” that I won’t wear. I bought three items that I am really happy with. A bell-sleeved cotton mock neck from Anthropologie (the bell sleeves are a little trendy) but you can shove the sleeves up (which is what I always do), a reformation leopard slip skirt (you saw it in my outfit of the week), and an ultra-light cashmere pashmina from J Crew. (40%off by the way). These three items can be styled multiple ways with things I already own.
Let’s start with the Reformation Skirt. I featured it in my outfit of the week here.
Most slip skirts that I have tried on are too thin and revealing for my taste. This one is thicker and more substantial so it doesn’t show every flaw. I purchased a 4 and wasn’t sure if it would fit. I almost ordered a six. I am 5’4 roughly 128 lbs. It fits like a glove and the quality is wonderful. Here I am wearing it with the Anthropologie Maeve Sweater and my Gentle Souls boots that I bought last year. These boots are super comfortable. All items will be linked at the bottom of the post
Here I am wearing the leopard skirt with my Gentle Souls booties, a banana republic stretch cotton shirt (still available but a few years old), gentle souls booties, and an old rag and bone bag. I found a couple on ebay, and an almost identical one from Marc Jacobs. All are linked at the bottom of the post. My new glasses frames are the Marlton by Lowercase, from Specs by Kyla in Atascadero. I highly recommend her if you are local.
Below, I am pairing the leopard skirt with my very old moto jacket and my Stuart Weitzman combat boots (on sale). These boots are now in the outlet. They are pricey but I like the slimmer silhouette of these boots. They are not as clunky looking as some.
I am wearing the Banana Republic vest that you spotted in this post, Great Transitional Jackets that will Take You Into Fall. I am able to pair it with many things I already own, so I decided to keep it. I am wearing the Anthro turtleneck and the Gentle Souls boots.
In the final leopard skirt look, I am pairing it with the second item I purchased, the J Crew cashmere pashmina, and the same boots. The hat is from several seasons ago but I have linked a better version at the bottom of the post. I love the weight of the J Crew pashmina for Fall. The leopard skirt could be easily paired with a jean jacket (as I did in this post Skirts you can Wear Now or Later).
Here I am pairing the pashmina with wide-leg linen pants no longer available but similar linked below, with a Ganni mesh turtleneck (still available), and leopard mules (no longer available but similar and a dupe linked at the bottom of the post)
Here I am wearing the same pashmina and pants, but switched out the leopard turtle for the Anthro black Sweater and a horn necklace from IBU but no longer available (similar linked below)
Here is the identical look with the long lily linen skirt. I have linked a couple on eBay below.
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I hope this has given you some ideas on How to Refresh your Wardrobe by buying very little. Remember to consider CPW (costs per wear). A great pair of jeans, a neutral cashmere sweater, a wrap you can wear with multiple outfits, a moto jacket. These are all workhorses in my closet. Sarah London Style has written many posts about this that you might find helpful here. This is a great article from Clever Girl Finance here on how to stop buying clothes you don’t need.This article the fast fashion fix from the Guardian is also quite good.
Now let’s pop over and visit Sarah and Kim and see what they have come up with.