Making a list, checking it twice…

I had the day off yesterday, and my lovely little sister asked me to go shopping with her.  We had a fabulous time, and I found some good deals on pieces I’d been wanting.  Since I’ve started reading fashion blogs, I’ve found that I don’t just go shopping aimlessly anymore; I normally have very specific things I’m looking for.  Yesterday morning I made a list of the things I wanted to come home with.  Sure I still pick up random things, especially if I find a good sale, but I’m beginning to think of my wardrobe less as a collection of specific outfits, and more as a collection of pieces that are versatile and endlessly combinable.  If you’re curious, here’s my list from yesterday:

  • Breton top (found and purchased!)
  • Anchor accessories (found, but not purchased)
  • Galoshes (found, but not purchased…decided I didn’t really want to pay $25-$30 for them)
  • Metallic strappy wedges (not found)
  • Slightly oversized blazer (not found)
  • Basic white button-down (not found)
  • Skinny black pants (sort-of found and purchased; I got a pair of capris, but I’m still on the lookout for longer ones)
  • Scarves (found lots, but not what I wanted)
  • Plain tanks (found lots, purchased one)

I also ended up buying some dresses, because I am a sucker for cute, feminine, cheap dresses.  I can’t help it.  Even though I bought a lot of stuff that was not on the list, and passed by a lot of the stuff that was, I think having some goals really helped me.  One of the things I bought yesterday that wasn’t on the list is the dress I wore today.

I found it at Target on clearance.  I love wrap dresses, and I’d been wanting one for a long time, so even though it wasn’t on my list, I felt justified buying it because I think I can wear it so many different ways.  Today I kept it really simple, because I was in a hurry to get out the door this morning: just a black sweater and black sandals, and jewelry that matched the dress, instead of popping against it.

I regret to inform you that I didn’t wear this fun red lip with the dress all day.  It only happened when I got home, wanted to take pictures, and realized that I looked washed out and tired.  It’s too bad, because I like the red with the color of the dress.  I need to do bold lips more often.

So do you shop from a list, or do you buy whatever strikes your fancy in the store?

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One response to “Making a list, checking it twice…

  1. I’ve been looking for a Benton top! But I am not having any luck at all!

    I try TRY try to shop from a list. Sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn’t. I do find that if I go shopping without a list I tend to find one style of clothing I like and I will subconsciously buy it at practically every store I visit at. I won’t notice until I get home!

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