In the past few weeks, I’ve finally started using my capsule-esque clothing collection. Unfortunately, as I use the items I do have while temperatures continue to dip towards their usual freezing levels, I am realizing that my clothing collection isn’t exactly as I need it to be yet. Thus, September shopping round 2 has commenced.
So what has been the cause of this shopping round, you ask? Last weekend our washing machine was suddenly out of commission for about a day, and I was faced with the possibility of not doing laundry that weekend. No big deal, I could go do my laundry elsewhere, but as I stood in front of my closet it dawned on me that I just don’t have enough clothes to wear for two weeks. Again, not a huge problem, but my goal was to make my life easier by owning a great core collection, not to become super attached to doing laundry. Further, with coldness creeping in and the A/C working full-blast in my classroom, I can no longer rely on my sleeveless work blouses to keep me going. Enter shopping, round 2.
All Basics, All the Time:
Since I seem to have developed a strong and long-lasting love affair with Numbers (Mac’s version of Excel), the first thing I decided to do before buying anything was to determine what exactly I mean and need when it comes to a “core/basics” collection.
First, I listed what I thought my core collection should consist of:
- 3/4 and long-sleeve shirts
- Buttoned shirts
These would be lighter items made out of natural fibers that I can wear daily with ease. I decided to make a list of the amount of items I’d like to have in each category, and then reduced the amount I currently have. This left me with a specific shopping list I could work with this month.
Next, I decided to buy most of my basics from Uniqlo, partly because basics is what they excel at, and partly because I am so pleased with my Merino Wool cardigans. Moreover, their prices also make it easier for me to buy enough items without breaking my budget to bits, and honestly… their recent collaboration with Ines de la Fressange has me smitten.
My Shopping List:
Long-sleeve and 3/4 shirts are a staple in my closet. These were the first items I added to my cart since I rely so heavily on them.
Next, I wanted to find top layers that would add something new and different to my wardrobe. I went with colors I don’t have yet, but ones I would still be comfortable wearing.
Finally, I love wearing buttoned-up shirts, but have one left in my collection from about two years ago in light blue (from H&M). Specifically, I looked for shirts that would work with the items I bought above and already have.
I am hoping these shirts end up being more fitted than they look in these images, since I prefer having fitted shirts.
Once these arrive, I’ll write a new post about my experience with these purchases. The IDLF collection looks so beautiful that I want to pretty much buy everything in it, but will use these to test the waters. If it all fits as I hope, I’ll be coming back for more in October!
Have you purchased any items from this collections? What do you define as basics? Leave comments below.