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Curated Closet Plan + What’s On My Shopping List

Curated Closet Plan + What’s On My Shopping List
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I’m sure most people don’t look at their year gone by or set future intentions through the eyes of their closet, but since I spend a lot of time in my own curated closet, I thought it would be a good place to start as any.

This year, I decluttered a lot from my already minimalist-inspired closet. I’m not going to lie, there have been a few times since decluttering (a result of our move from a modern downtown condo to a small-town textile factory loft) that I missed a certain piece or two.

But here’s what saves me from fashion FOMO: the knowledge that there will always be something out there that I either like as much, if not more than that item that I let go of. I might not like our consumerist culture, but it doesn’t mean that I can’t use it to my advantage! Right?

So with that being said, what’s my plan for my curated closet in 2019?

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More Mending

I have a lot of socks with holes in them. Like, A LOT. Some of them are only a year old, and I find it ridiculous to send them to a recycler so soon after they were purchased. I am going to try and use my new home outside of the city with fewer distractions as an opportunity to take more time to mend items that need it, or take the much-needed time to research and seek out a seamstress in my new small town.

More Research

As I continue on this slow fashion ride, I am exposed to more statistics and facts that scare the absolute bejesus out of me about the state of the planet. In 2018 I mostly only shopped second hand, and while my guiding philosophy is still to use and love what you already have to reduce consumption, I really would like to focus only on purchases that are second hand or truly are of the highest quality and craftsmanship, made responsibly, ethically, and built to last.

As brands reach out to collaborate, I would like to hold myself more accountable to dig deeper into their sustainability claims and not be satisfied with general answers.  

Wear More Whimsy

Over the years, I collected some amazing evening wear (don’t we all?) and glam separates that hardly get enough action. I need to start practicing what I preach more, and take a cue from my “many ways to wear” videos on Youtube with evening wear and fun separates. I won’t eschew my minimalist style, but I think this will give me a fun injection of personality that I feel my wardrobe is slightly lacking these days.

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If you tune into my Youtube channel on the regular, you’ll have heard me mention my shopping list more than a few times. I’m not sure when I started my first shopping list, but it has become an irreplaceable crutch for me to lean on when I find myself wanting items that I don’t necessarily need or contemplating an impulse buy. My list is constantly fluctuating as my taste and lifestyle changes, but there are a few pieces that have been on there for more than a few years, and I’d really like to research and add them to my closet this year.

Espadrilles

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As a shoe-fanatic, I am a bit disappointed that I don’t own a pair of these. The quintessential summer shoe, that goes with absolutely everything and is easy to walk in. I struggle with hot weather style (I’m always cold, and our summers are so short it doesn’t make sense to invest a lot here) and wearing sandals in urban areas, so the espadrille is the perfect alternative to a sweltering flat or too-casual sneaker.  

I found these made in France espadrilles from Atelier Alienor that seem to capture the essence of summer and French chic.

Leather Pants

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I have had this on my list since THE BEGINNING OF TIME. Well, that’s how it feels anyway. I still can’t decide if I want wide leg or skinny, but since I will be buying these secondhand I think it will depend on what’s available. Here are some from etsy that I have my eye on …

Chunky Black or Navy Sweater

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This is a new one. Since acquiring TWO heavy weight sweaters in 2018 alone (that’s a lot!), I realized I have no heavy-weight / cozy sweaters in darker colours. Is this item absolutely necessary? Not at all. I have plenty chunky knits to get me through the season, but I live in Canada where it’s always cold, and for some reason a chunky knit in a darker colour feels more comforting than a cream or light sweater … this makes absolutely no sense and is entirely emotional, but it’s on my list.

I have been crushing hard on this sweater from Club Knit, whose sweaters are handmade in Switzerland out of Merino wool sourced from Peru.

Antique Drop Earrings

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If you have ever been to Taormina in Sicily, you’ll remember tiny shop windows filled with cameo and coral drop earrings that ooze old-world glamour and class. I still have vivid memories of this style of earring, but because of the price tag, never pulled the trigger. Having a better understanding of my personal style over the years and STILL finding myself thinking this style of earring would be a good addition to many an outfit, I would love to pull the trigger on an antique drop earring this year.

I found these on ebay and they’re close to what I have in mind.

Flowy Dark Floral Midi Dress

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Since thrifting my polka dot dress last summer, I have come to appreciate dresses for warm weather and transition seasons. The warm weather struggle for me is real, and a second dress with flow and incredible versatility would see a lot of use for me across all seasons. Of course because I like to keep things simple (insert sarcasm here), I’m not talking any old midi dress – I’d like for it to be a v neck, either short or long sleeved, somewhat sheer, preferably a wrap, and in a print I won’t get sick of. It also needs to be responsibly made or second hand. This is an extremely tall order, no wonder I’m still searching. My inspiration is above.

And there you have it! There are other items on my list, but these are the ones I will be keeping my eye out for in 2019. Do you have a list? Will you make one for 2019 and try to stick to it? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks as always for reading!

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xo

 

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8 comments

  1. Your list has prompted me to create a list of my own. Thank you for your continuous inspiration! Yours is the only fashion channel on YouTube that I can even watch. I love your thoughtfulness and creativeness in putting pieces together. The ethics of loving what you have and shopping your own closet really resonate with me. My media consumption is also curated and you’re top of my list. <3

    1. Hi Ragan! Thank you so much for the sweet comment – it really means a lot that you take the time to watch – thank you for the support and encouragement! 🙂 I love that your media consumption is curated as much as your closet – I have to start doing this! Thank you for the inspiration and for taking the time to read and watch. xx

  2. Great and well thought out list. Sometimes the right pieces find us! Love dark florals! Maxi dresses are my absolute FAVORITE item….besides my Ganni cowboy ankle boots! My resolution for 2019 is to wear everything in my wardrobe before buying anything new. There were exceptions: SANTA FE visit and the December Chicago One-of-a-Kind Show. Both of these would be artisan purchases and part of a long standing tradition. The other issue is a new bathing suit. I lost weight and had to go to the 15 year old bathing suit I had (there is a turquoise stone in it which has saved its life in my drawer)…it has seen better days. Bathing suits, socks, and underwear I buy new. I will not thrift those pieces…every. I do second hand through THE REAL REAL and VESTAIRE COLLECTIVE…jewelry (gorgeous), bags (unbelievable choices)…but will not do “intimate” items. So, the only thing I will purchase…when it is actually needed is a bathing suit. I have most everything else. I can wait awhile to see what finds me. Nothing on my shopping list except more of that Eucalan fine wool wash (without rinsing HOORAY) you mentioned on your video channel. I may invest in some lavender sachets as well. DOWN THE LINE…NEXT YEAR…CHRISTMAS (MAYBE)… a high quality black Moto Jacket…soft leather. I love the Gucci Marmont bags in Fuchsia as well…but those are dream pieces…..only if I stick to my plan. Afterwards…we shall see.

    1. Hi Lisa! I love your goal and resolution! I’m sure you’ll come up with some amazing looks with your incredible wardrobe … I love hearing about your fantastic pieces. I too, don’t buy intimate items secondhand, and was especially glad to discover Cosabella for that. I am also a huge fan of the real real and vc – they have such an amazing selection!

      I’m sure you will stick to your resolution and some of those goodies on your dream list will be well deserved and thought out 🙂 Thank you so much for taking the time to read! Have a great weekend! xx

  3. ONE MORE THING…..Artisan fairs and One-of-a-Kind shows are a treasure trove of whimsy! Check out the jewelry! I believe in supporting artisans

    1. haha yes! I don’t go to enough of these! IT’s amazing what people can make and the creativity that’s out there! xx

  4. You’re fabulous! I love reading your blogs and watching your vlogs. Your style and thoughtfulness is inspirational! Following your advice to achieve a curatored closet has been life changing for me (… and a lot of fun!)

    1. Thank you so much for the kind comment Janet! I’m SO glad you find it fun as well as helpful 🙂 That’s the goal! I so appreciate you reading and watching – it means so much! xo

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