The Spring/Summer List

Monday, April 13, 2015


I've found I'm a less stressed and happier shopper (and person) when I have an idea of what I'm looking for, and I have a more cohesive wardrobe that makes me happier if I'm deliberate in what I choose to wear. So, I make A List. This is not a so-called "shopping challenge, and I'll be the first to admit that I'm still learning when it comes to ethically sourced shopping and the like, but I try. It is also not a hard set of rules that I may never purchase anything Not On The List. It just helps me sort through what I want, so I don't dither about purchases or, on the opposite extreme, impulse buy. With this, I can focus on getting what makes me- and my wardrobe and my life- happy! You can see my previous lists for winter 2014, summer 2014 and fall/winter 2013. Here is what I'm looking for for the summer and spring of 2015:

1) Nude Colored Blazer- Story time: last summer I got the coolest beige/blush/nude/whatever-that-color-is blazer at a little boutique while traveling. It was long, and had sleeves that were black to just above the elbows. Oh, I felt so effortlessly awesome wearing it, and it worked for downtime and work-time. Feel free to image the heart-shaped eyes that I made at this blazer. I loved it.... So must of whom ever found it and took it with them instead of returning it to a lost and found after this blazer got lost.... I'm still looking for a replacement. Because- Cool, that's why.

2) Circle Skirt- This winter my silhouette has pretty much been skinny or cigarette pants, but as summer starts to approach, I took a close look at what I really loved to wear. Through out the entirety of Never Fully Dressed's existence, I always returned time and again to circle skirts. They are beat the heat, and just as re-mixable as pants. This one pictured above has a fun novelty print of Venice on it, but is sadly sold out, so I'm keeping my eye out for Mr. Right (Skirt).

3) Black Cigarette Pants- I wear black pants All. The. Time at work, but a few weeks ago mine got ripped and since this would make the third time of mending, I decided these pants needed to head to the closet in the sky. How I underestimated the impact of that decision! My wardrobe feels crippled without a pair, but finding ones that fit just right is harder than it sounds! Especially with all these leggings masquerading as pants (I mean, c'mon. I've nothing against leggings, but if that's what you are say so!) You can see some of the myriad of outfits I've made with black pants here and here.

4) Printed Shorts- One of the best tips, for deciding what needs to be on your shopping list, is to look at what you actually wore and enjoyed in the past. Last summer, I practically lived in shorts. Truth is though, I didn't have nearly enough functional pairs to really do that. Technically, I had four pairs, which ought to be enough for anyone, but when I contracted diabetes, I lost a lot of weight (this was not a good thing. If untreated, you literally starve to death because your body can't process the food right. And yes, I've had people tell me they wished that would happen to them, just suddenly losing weight like that. No. You don't.) and several things didn't fit anymore. But I just sort of ignored that and kept unfitting items in my closet on the pretext I might some time wear them. Not this year. So out they go! In will come a new pair or two of shorts. I'm thinking a printed pair might be fun, or a solid color. Thoughts?

5) Shirts- This list will be the third or so shopping list shared on NFD, and the biggest difference with this one is how many items on it will be replacements for worn out items. Maybe it is a bit boring that they are plain shirts and not daring cuts or- even better- fabulous dresses, but it is important to have a good foundation to lay all those other pieces on. All shirts on this list would pretty much fill that function. A white T-shirt, and a white button-up have both proven their worth to me, but it is time for new versions. I'm also in the market for some solid colored shirts and tanks. Summer gets scorchin'.

6) Shoes- Last but not least on my list are shoes. Not just any shoes but the kind I can kick around in. Mostly I gravitate towards ballet flats, or, as The Boy calls them, "wrappers for my feet" shoes. Sneakers? Not my thing. But we live in the great outdoors and I need something with a bit more protection and endurance. While I probably wouldn't go on a five mile hike in these converses (or ever, really), I would take the dogs for a walk around a lake with them, so let's kick it this summer in some tennis shoes with style!

What is on your list for summer and spring wardrobe items?

16 comments

  1. That circle skirt is fabulous!

    Shopping with a plan is challenging for me. Yesterday I was at a vintage show and came home with a wonderful wild maxi dress...and yes I have quite a few of those. I am a sucker for unique pieces I know no one else will own, even if I already have 5 of that type in my closet.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. You always find amazing items, so I can see why that would be hard to plan for :)

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  2. I like having a game plan for the season too. No strict rules, but just a guideline. I'm loving the flared skirts this season! Great picks! :)

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  3. Reading through your list, it makes me want to make a list for myself to narrow down my shopping choices. I usually just walk into a store and get overwhelmed and end up with more than I need.

    Great tip! :)

    JennifHsieh

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    1. Hope you share any list you come up with Jen!

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  4. I agree with you about having more or less a "list" except I went thrifting out of town the other day with mom and found so many things that weren't on my ideal list, but somehow all felt like they were missing in my closet!! It was awesomely cool! I like when both things happen :(

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    1. I think thrifting could be an exception to any shopping rules, but we don't really have any thrifting options around so...!

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  5. I love your list! The blazer is my fave, and the circle skirt. But yay for practical replacement items!

    -Rebecca
    http://mn2nz.wordpress.com

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    1. I'm most excited about the shirt options too :)

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  6. I really need to follow your lead because I fall for so many impulse buys! I like how you go for a mix of fun prints and basics!

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    1. One of the big things I realized looking at my coset for this season was that I a) do love print and b) I had enough of the basic items that I could devote some $$ to the more flashy pieces. a closet needs balance with basics and prints, right? ;)

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  7. Me too Lisa and I agree Kristian... I have to narrow down my focus on what I'm truly looking for before I go online or out to shop. There are however those fabulous occasions when you find a random yet awesome piece of clothing that you aren't intending to buy but it just so happened to be there and it was almost "meant to be". Ha ha!
    xoxo
    Taylor
    http://www.nothingbutapigeon.com/

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    1. Oh, there are definitely some pieces that are just "meant to be." I have mixed feelings about getting pieces for just certain occasions. I am longing to get something for a wedding, but at the same time- will I ever wear it again? Haha- well, that's a bit silly. But that's my neurotic self...

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  8. I loved reading this post :) I've been so busy lately that I missed it earlier but do happy to catch up today.

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  9. hahah wrappers for your feet! that was great! i definitely need new shoes this summer. I have two staple sandals but i'm looking for a clunky pair to offset my daintier dressed. Other than that I'm not really sure what I need. Hmmm I have to go look at my holes it seems :)

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  10. both of those shorts are so you!

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