31 January 2021

Wardrobe Plans for 2021

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Ok, here goes.......I'm going to jump right in with a few facts from 2020 that have shaped my wardrobe goals for 2021. It would appear that I am the average woman who buys 67 pieces of clothing a year (I actually bought a smidge under at 66). I'd like to halve that number this year. I edited my wardrobe regularly and ended up parting with more than I purchased......letting go of a total of 71 items. This year I'm aiming to only add 33 pieces to my wardrobe. 2 - 3 items per month sounds realistic. There is no budget as such though last year I spent half as much as I did in 2019. I'd prefer to spend less than I did in 2020 but that may prove to be tricky going by what I have already purchased this month. The price per item is likely to be higher because I'm trying to buy less but buy better.

One rule that I'm going to be hard and fast about now that my wardrobe is more manageable is a strict one item in one item out policy. Now that I am down to my favourite things before I even think about bringing in any new items I'm going to ask myself this question "Would I rather wear this over something I've already got in my wardrobe?". For example a while ago I purchased a dress which I already had but in a different print, exactly the same shape though. I held onto it for a couple of weeks but I knew I wouldn't love it or reach for it as much as the original dress and so I returned it. I couldn't justify owning 2 of the same style. Before bringing in something new in I'm really going to have to be prepared to part with something I already own. This should really help to curb those repeat purchases which is a habit that still plagues me. Mind you - I have already sold or donated 27 items since the beginning of 2021.....so you could say am I already in credit? 

The year has started well. I've stuck to my plan and made 3 purchases this month. I had a wish list of pieces, a couple of which were replacements for things I already had but that had seen better days. I spoke about finding an alternative for this old Zara blazer/coat back in October in this video. I've had it for years and it's well beyond it's best. 


In my last blog post I mentioned that my & Other Stories black blazer was one of my favourite purchases of 2020. Because the black blazer has been such a wardrobe winner I decided I'd like to try and track down the camel version. Sadly & Other Stories no longer stock the black or the camel but my first port of call was good old eBay who came up trumps anyway! That happily that fulfilled another goal.......trying to source preloved items first and foremost whenever I can. A #winwin in my book because I'm keeping my clothing circular ♻ and got a bargain. The blazer is immaculate so I'm chuffed to pieces with it!


Worth checking eBay for the blazer here

(p.s on the & Other Stories blazer. They do stock this one which is similar. However having tried it I wouldn't recommend it. It's nowhere near the quality of the version I've purchased which they still stock in khaki and beige. It's worth paying the extra £35 for).

So how else do I propose to reduce my consumption even more this year? It turns out that I have formed some bad habits since becoming a blogger & Instagramer back in 2013. I think I felt the pressure of trying to get ahead of the trends which has often resulted in me making mistakes (I made 5 mistakes in 2020). I am guilty of buying spring & summer items in January that I'm already over before the seasons arrive. The problem is that it is highly likely that something else will piquet my attention in the mean time. How to fix this tendency? I'm cutting out the noise, spending less time on social media and less time scrolling on Pinterest (which is full of annoying sponsored ads these days that really mess with my viewing pleasure!). I've actually been withdrawing from these platforms for a while as one of my goals in general is to reduce my daily dose of screen time. If you follow me on Instagram you may have noticed that I've already taken a bit of a step back from the app. Again I'm trying to avoid be bombarded with posts full of *PR products*. I prefer to see how my favourite accounts style their existing wardrobe staples as opposed to being influenced to buy all the latest trends. These new habits have already helped immensely because I find I'm no longer being tempted to buy things I don't really need. Now that I'm more confident in my own style and what suits my lifestyle I am making less impulsive purchases. The plan for 2021 is to buy with intention.

And so onto to replacement purchase no.2. You may remember this much worn and loved H&M Breton. Another item I've had for years.......there is much evidence of it on my Instagram feed. It's served it's purpose well but it was due an upgrade.


I've been looking for a similar one to the H&M one which is quite thick cotton and a boxy shape which is perfect for doing a half tuck. The neckline has become annoying - it's a wide boatneck which constantly reveals my bra straps.......it also requires a bit of faffing to get the neckline to lie flat under jackets. Anyway the search began to find a suitable replacement which resulted in another one of my objectives being met. 2021 will hopefully be the year that I step away from buying so much from the High Street. I plan to explore more local independent businesses and also try to support more sustainable brands. I found a great Breton that ticks all my boxes from a British brand called Olive who are based in Cheltenham. Another #winwin


Olive Clothing Breton

The final purchase was a much considered item. My number one priority for my clothing at the moment is comfort. I've not really gotten on board with the loungewear trend......maybe with the exception of my Adidas joggers. However I have been looking for another trouser option in a bid to prise me out of my jeans. I've been regularly reaching for these M&S black wide leg trousers so when I spotted these Arket elasticated waist grey flannel trousers and again they ticked all of my boxes! I ordered two sizes and decided on the size 38 as I prefer them a little slouchier and longer. The sign of a great purchase is that you love them enough to want to wear them straight away.......these have seen 3 wears in 2 weeks and so I am certain that they will easily fulfil #30pluswears 


Arket trousers

These new additions slot seamlessly into my winter capsule and will also feature in my spring capsule. Having this little project to focus on has been soothing especially as we are still in the throes of the pandemic which makes it hard to plan for anything at the moment. Putting some thought into my wardrobe has been very therapeutic. I enjoy tracking what comes in and goes out, as well as what I'm prepared to spend my money on. By being organised, wanting less and turning my attentions to other pastimes instead of shopping I feel I'm on the right track at last. #stillaworkinprogress though!

If you are thinking about testing out a capsule wardrobe or reducing your consumption then I hope this post has given you a few ideas. If you have already embarked on this journey and have any tips.....please leave me a comment as I would love to hear how you are getting on!

Next time I'll share a few pieces on my radar.....I wonder what will make it onto my wish list?

Back again soon, Michelle x


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