Bear with me here...
I’m a little bit proud of myself. In the past year I have only made conscious clothing purchases. I know, I know. Whoopdy-do! (how do you spell that?) But seriously. This has been an accomplishment. I generally do not buy all that much, but still this has taken a mindset shift and a lot of self control, planning, and patience. Last year:
I like the small(er) brands.
You can like something and it still not be right for you
Sometimes you can see a product and it looks great in the product images. It looks great on the people wearing it. You think “that’s not normally my style, but everyone is raving about it. Maybe I should try it?” It can be exhilarating to reach outside of your comfort zone to try a new style and you may find out that you love it. But I’ve also learned that sometimes I know better. I know me. I know my lifestyle. I know what I feel comfortable and confident in. I have learned that you can like something on someone else while at the same time acknowledging that it's just not right for you. It’s not something you need in your curated closet. 2 examples:
2. The dressy sweatsuit - AKA the dressy sweatpants and the dressy sweatshirt.
(Update: I tried the dressy sweatpants version 2.0 - review coming soon)
I love the comfy look of it in the product pictures and tons of travel bloggers swear by Encircled's dressy sweatpants. Unfortunately, I ordered the pants too large on a Black Friday sale. I should have read reviews more carefully and sized down at least 1 if not 2 sizes. Currently, I wear them around the house only. :( But I keep meaning to take them to a tailor. Honestly, though, I just don’t usually wear pants like this out. Even with a better fit, I’m not sure if I’ll wear them as much as I convinced myself (Does anyone else do this?) I would when I bought them. Be real with yourself. I love running around in a comfy skirt or dress or stretchy skinny jeans. Call me weird. It’s fine.
The other half of the dressy sweatsuit is the dressy sweatshirt. I ordered the smallest size available and I’m clearly too petite. It looks crazy on me, way too loose at the top and if I pull the front higher to be warmer then the back billows open and lets in a draft. Not ideal for a sweater...I also didn’t realize that the fabric is different than the pants so the blues are not a perfect match anyways. My fault for not reading fabric details more carefully. Another great lesson learned! I do wear this sweatshirt around the house and I have taken it traveling so I am still getting use out of it, but mainly because I already have it and not as much because I love the fit on me. I wonder also if I had the neckline tailored if I would like it more?
What I’ve learned about color
I like facts
I’m keeping a shopping list