Not getting ‘Dressed’

I know it’s been a while.  I’ve had one thing after another going on this month that has lead to me not getting dressed to go out into the world.  I’ve been sick or working in uniform or staying at the house for repairs.  Essentially, life can get messy sometimes.  It’s messy this month.  I had exactly one day that I put on my distressed slogan sweatshirt, faux blue Uggs and python print skinnies.  That’s it since my vacation that ended Nov 3rd.

So you’d think now more than ever I would not be shopping.  Well, not exactly.  I did succumb to a Black Friday sale on cashmere sweaters I’ve been wanting.  I know that a Christmas check from a certain relative will cover this and I can view it as an early xmas present.  A similar thing happened last year.  I’m wondering if I should adjust my calendar shopping year to start just after Thanksgiving instead of the first day of winter.  I’m not sure yet.  I can still just as easily consider them early purchased gifts.  I won’t be buying anything more before the calendar officially declares winter, so they are a bit of an outlying thing.  For now I guess I’ll leave them as early gifts.  Heck, they might not even work out and be returned, and this will all be for naught!

What I have been wearing a lot is layer/lounge/sleep capsule items.  Many tops go under my uniform polo and then at night stay on under my flannel PJ’s while I lounge, and then I sleep in the shirt, putting it in the clothes hamper in the morning.   It goes through the 3 cycles of layer, then lounge, then sleep.  Keeps my flannel sleep sets going for more than just one night before washing, too. Glad I at least paid attention to this category this year since it’s really becoming the backbone of my daily wear.

I do hope life gets back into a normal swing and I can get out and about and wear my stuff.  Maybe tomorrow (fingers crossed that my current plumbing issue is fixed by then).  I even have an outfit picked out since I put it together in my head 2 weeks ago.  lol.  Life!

5 Weeks Left

In my shopping year.  And I have $30 to spare 🙂  I recently spent over at Express for some sweaters, a dress and a clutch bag.  Two of the items were basically replacements or upgrades (the purple sweater and shirt dress) but the other two were just for fun.

I also picked up a just for fun faux fur vest on impulse while searching for fleece lined leggings in town.  Struck out on the leggings so I went online again with Antropologie for some highly rated ones I hope work out.

I suppose this constitutes my ‘fall shop’.  Hunh.  Hadn’t even occurred to me that way.  Silly me.  And as I’d hoped seasonal shopping would, it’s made me feel satisfied and not wanting for more for a while.

I do have my eyes out for a windowpane flannel shirt, but that’s it until winter rolls around. I passed on my buffalo plaid flannel to a girlfriend when I realized it had shrunk and would fit her much better.  The windowpane is a replacement/update for it.  Actually, I’m finding myself in a place where much of what I want is to replace or upgrade items that are tiring out or don’t fit as well as I’d like – either due to shrinkage or my body shape subtly changing.

My wardrobe feels ‘full’ and I have the sense of enough right now, which is awesome.  Looking forward to next year I’d love to just be fine tuning things and grabbing the occasional trend or fun item to breathe life into what I already have.  As an aside, I see that 15 is my comfortable max for categories.  15 jackets/coats, 15 dresses, 15 pants/jeans.  This amount fulfills my desire for variety without too many outliers that don’t get wear.  I’d guess 20% (or 3 of each category) gets little wear, but that’s fine with me.  As long as the bulk of it gets out and about.

Here is what I bought off my shopping list this year:


Some things got subbed out.  I did not get a single tank top nor pair of shorts.  Understandable, as my climate changed and I had plenty on hand from recently living in FL.  I ended up buying no less than 3 vests instead – and I’ve never before been able to make vests work for me, but these are much less traditional, so I think that’s key.  The track pants in place of shorts I sent to my aforementioned shorter GF last week, as they sadly shrank in the wash.

No coat, but I did get a berry wool coat at the very end of fall last year, so it feels fresh still.  I bought far fewer shoes than I’d anticipated, and more accessories.

I’m incorporating all this info into next year’s plan. Much like we have to dress for the body we have today, we also have to shop for the life we live today.  And life in the Sierra Nevadas has little need for shorts and tanks!

Addendum:  Shockingly, this means I will come in on/under budget and item limit this year.  Maybe a first?  Hopefully the start of many on target years to come!