I’ve shared a few of my basic closet staples here and here, but today let’s talk more about my closet in general. I wasn’t really into clothes or fashion until I hit college. My bestie and freshman year college roommate (who got married this past weekend!) would be the first to tell you that I moved in to our dorm room with almost no clothes. I’m pretty sure she asked me why I left so much stuff at home, and my reply was “I didn’t, these are all my clothes.” She was equal parts horrified and impressed. Then as a summer job I started working at American Eagle and I stayed there for 3 years before taking an assistant manager’s spot at Maurices. Since I got such a sweet discount at both stores and I had to wear at least a few items from their lines while working, I started buying a lot more clothes. I also consciously tried to stash things away in my closet for after graduation. I had lots of jeans and tees, a few dresses, and a couple of nicer blouses and pairs of shoes, so I thought I was covered. Things I really didn’t own at that time, though, were an actual suit, dress pants, or any workout gear at all (yeah, I know, not even yoga pants!).
When I moved to DC for law school I basically stopped shopping, but after packing on the 1L 20 (like the freshman 15, but more because you’re older…) I had to go out and find new jeans, new basic tops, etc. Plus, what was considered “dressy” in Iowa was nowhere near dressy or business appropriate in D.C. When I started interning and working post-graduation, I had to have business appropriate attire. I’ve been out of school for a little over a year at this point, and I have a good handle on my wardrobe, but there are definitely some gaps I’d like to fill, while trying not to go too crazy and spend lots of $$$.
Some of the fashion bloggers I follow, like the lovely Franziska over at Franish, keep a list of “holes” in their closets – things they need to complete an outfit and don’t have or just things that would add to the versatility of their wardrobes. I think this is a fabulous way to look at it, although there are some holes that never seem to go away (I’ve worn through more black cardigans and black ballet flats than I can count at this point). So, here is my current list. I keep it handy in a note-taking app on my phone so I can add to it or delete items as needed (I use OnePunch, in case anyone cares), and I always have it available when I go shopping.
2-3 colorful printed short-sleeve tops or tank tops, for layering under cardigans and blazers
Grey work pants
Colorful work pants (preferably cobalt blue- I already have 2 black pairs, one dark purple pair and a black polka-dotted pair)
Grey pencil skirt
Cobalt pencil skirt
2-3 patterned short-sleeve or 3/4 sleeve dresses
Cognac riding boots
Black riding boots
Red flats (or a similar fun color)
Leopard print heels/wedges
Red or Cobalt heels/wedges
Bracelets/ a ring for dressing up/going out
Most of my list right now is shoes and boots, because I’ve had to toss a several pairs that were scraggly beyond belief and/or worn all the way through the soles (I do a lot of walking). I also definitely need a few tank tops or cap-sleeve shirts in fun prints – nothing too busy, just something with a bit of color. I have tons of plain colored tanks and sweaters, but I’m having a really hard time finding patterned tops I like. Here are some of the things I’m liking right now that fit into my list (you can find links to each item on my Fun Things board on Pinterest):
JCrew Factory Charley sweater in polka dots
Night Perfume Floral Blouse at Modcloth
Kendall Raglan dress at Fossil (no longer available online, but may still be in stores)
Mossimo Long Anorak at Target (I’d actually get the gray color)
Calgary Hill Ring at Modcloth
Enameled Locket in Sand at Beklina (yes, this is still on my list!)
Leopard Mid-heel at Dorothy Perkins
Black cap-toe hidden heel flat at Victoria’s Secret
Freeda flats from Lucky Brand
On the Wedge of Glory wedges from Modcloth
Steve Madden Elevation boot in Cognac
Now that Fall is officially here, I need to actually get boots and the jacket, but the other items I’ll pick up here and there whenever I find them or when there’s a good sale. Is anyone else looking for wide-calf boots? Let me know if you find some good ones!