I mentioned in March that I was no longer doing the clothing ban challenge. I have continued to be part of the group on Facebook as they share interesting articles and are a friendly bunch. I have tried to cull my wardrobe and have put away a load of clothing under the bed so my wardrobe is much smaller and is worn constantly. Technically I *might* be doing a capsule wardrobe but it doesn’t feel that way yet as I am still working out what pieces of clothing need to be in my wardrobe. For example at the moment I do not like any of the pairs of jeans I have, I have 3 pairs – 1 skinny pair which tore at the crotch and were really unflattering but I could tuck them into my boots and I like stomping around like that, 1 longer length bootcut pair which are fine but I don’t like with trainers and rarely wear heels except at work – on the plus side these are Howies jeans and therefore are great quality, brilliant except when you don’t really like them 🙂 and finally 1 pair of baggier jeans which make me feel like I am back at Uni, when I studied not you know where I work. However, I have gained a fair amount of weight recently and until I have that under control it seems pointless to shop for any clothing let alone jeans. So on that note…
What I have decided to do is to keep a tally on the blog of what I have acquired in the last month, I am hoping this will help to curb my frenetic eBay-ing (that is completely a verb I promise) and help me understand a little more about my shopping habits. After all I thought I didn’t have a shopping habit but I have started to notice a pattern. I also want to make more of my own clothing and that’s why I am using the phrase ‘acquired’, I want to detail when I have successfully created something.
- Komodo black cropped trousers
These are a fantastic shape and fit. I nearly bought a 2nd pair the week after but unfortunately the dye has run in them on the first wash and they have grey lines on them making them look really scruffy and I have bought them for work so disappointed. However, my other komodo trousers are still going strong after a few years so this doesn’t put me off komodo. I am also busy chatting to their lovely customer service team who are very apologetic and trying to sort something out.
- eBay 2nd hand Boden white patterned tshirt
I love this tshirt, it is a boxy shape in a lightweight fabric – the main downside being the fact I have to iron it! However, I did spill tomato sauce on it and that came out quite easily in the wash so I think this top is a winner. I have worn it lots, both to work and at the weekends. Definitely a keeper.
- eBay 2nd hand Boden stripey jumper
This is another brilliant find. A perfect length and a really flattering fit and cut. This jumper is being worn and washed a lot already. Again I find I am wearing it for work and at the weekends. It’s flattering fit also helps me with my weight gain as it skims in the correct places.
- eBay 2nd hand Leopard Print boots
No picture as these have been sent on their merry way to the charity shop.
Oh there is always one isn’t there. These are really not what I expected. I found some crappy Primark flat leopard print boots on eBay last year and walked through the front of two pairs of them (both eBay purchases but with barely any previous wear), I was truly gutted when the cobbler said there was nothing he could do and had thought these would replace them. Turns out these are actually heeled, leopard print jodhpur boots – if I don’t wear flat ones for riding why the heck would I be wearing them for play 🙂 Not my taste but in great condition.
- eBay 2nd hand Boden black blouse
I was a little sad when I unpacked this one and tried it on, it seemed unflattering and made me feel uncomfortable. I had to iron the jersey material for my sewing class and decided to see if ironing made any difference – boy am I glad I tried that. This is now another top that is in rotation all the time although I am thinking I might pack it away for a while to allow that *new* feeling in a few months when I rifle through the packed box.
- eBay 2nd hand Whitestuff striped jumper
Oh how I doubted this top too. I had a baggy Whitestuff top that is burgundy in colour and thought this one would be useful. It was initially itchy but a quick wash and it softened up a treat, but really it was at the May weekend gathering (my friends’ non-wedding held over two nights) it came into its own. I was cozy and comfortable while feeling like myself. The dog wouldn’t stop cuddling into me – I think this one is a weekend jumper but just the kind I like.
- eBay 2nd hand Boden blue and purple patterned blouse
Finally (you might spot a Boden theme here huh? I no longer buy from them directly as their ethical statement is a set of greenwashing corporate statements in my view but their clothes are quality meaning 2nd hand items are generally in brilliant nick), another loose shirt. I wondered if this would look frumpy but with my Alice in Wonderland shoes and Komodo black trousers I think this is a really smart look for work. I think this is definitely a work shirt for me, I think this with skinny jeans at the weekend just wouldn’t feel like me.
There we have it, that’s a lot of stuff isn’t it?