I’m not a planner. Or a list-maker. I don’t make to-do lists and check off “done.”
I’m not great with rules, or arbitrary boundaries. But I know when it’s time to make changes, and am good at doing what I need to do to make those.
In 2018 I need to do one thing, well two things, really, but mostly one thing: pay off credit card debt. I also need to start saving, but if there’s one thing I do remember from listening to SO MUCH DAVE RAMSEY it is that if you have debt, what’s the point in savings?
Last year, I spent way too much money on clothing, shoes & bags. And used credit cards for a lot of it.
For decades I had zero credit card debt. I worked my out of the debt I built up in college and my early working career, paid off my student loans, etc., and had ZERO debt, even while quitting my job to work on Grechen’s Closet. But last year while building Slowre, I had to start taking on some debt, and because I am hopeless when I have a credit card, it snowballed to a point where I’m rather uncomfortable with it.
I’ve been beating myself up about it lately, but now am finished with that and am doing something about it. Namely, throwing EVERY. SINGLE. PENNY. at debt to get it paid down ASAP. I will have a strict monthly budget for personal spending, which has to cover skincare products, hair, lunches/dinner with friends, AND clothing. So I’ll be pretty lucky to have maybe $500 to spend this year on clothes, which to be honest, is about what I spent most months last year. Ugh.
Late last year, while I was watching a video of Liz from Elizabeth Suzann model the signature 4 pieces she ordered, I realized that I truly love everything she makes, and would be happy adding only more ES pieces to my wardrobe. After I received my silk florence pants and clyde culottes, I became even more determined to build up my ES wardrobe. (I am also incredibly lucky to have worked directly with Elizabeth Suzann to review things for you – they have sent me some pieces at no charge – but I don’t ever take that for granted)
And there is literally nothing else I really want. Well, almost. haha.
I am super-happy with what I have right now (see my wardrobe audit here – updated this year), even more so when I play around in my closet and re-discover things I don’t wear very often. But I know myself, and I am constantly finding inspiration and ideas wherever I look, and I LOVE to try new things, so I know better than to say that I’m not going to buy any new clothes/shoes/bags this year. Who am I kidding??
I do also earn $20 each time someone signs up for Garmentory and makes their first purchase via my referral link (the person who signs up gets a $20 account credit too), which usually provides me with $100 or so a month credit there. And I earn a nice amount/month in Shopbop credit for displaying their widget in my sidebar. So, it’s not like I don’t have the ability to buy things I might want to try, or things I need. I am absolutely grateful to have those resources, which I have worked hard for and built up to over the last 14 years doing Grechen’s Closet.
Onward. Here are the things I think I would like to add to my wardrobe this year.
I would like to replace my current linen pants with a pair of linen Florence pants. I have a pair of organic linen pants from Eileen Fisher, and I like them, but they’re very thin and “flimsy”, and last summer I relegated them to home/pajama wear. I am the world’s biggest fan of Elizabeth Suzann’s linen (it’s my favorite, I tested out several brands’), and I also prefer the waistband on the Florence pants to my Eileen Fisher pants. **if I only end up with one new thing this year, let it be a pair of linen florence pants. Black. I will be happy with just that. Or nothing at all.
I would like a long linen dress with short sleeves. I have a great Eileen Fisher linen dress, but it is knee-length. I have a Sunja Link long linen dress, but it’s sort of tough to sit and walk in (have toyed with getting some alterations). I have a raw silk dress by ES. But no long linen dress. So, I think I’d like a Georgia midi in linen, but two problems: my Marlena midi is too short; I’d like it to be an inch or two longer so it’s a maxi length, so I worry the Georgia midi would be the same. Also, the Georgia sleeves (see below). Maybe the harper linen dress? Does anyone have that? To be honest, I’d love a Georgia midi in silk – the rust color – but that is only an extra…
Linen, cropped tops – basically all the linen. Was thinking mostly of the Georgia top, but the sleeves bother me; I don’t like how they seem to stick out. Maybe the Linn tee is a better option?
I also thought/think I want these 6397 Shorty jeans in grey to replace the Chimala jeans I had to sell because they’re just way too big on me. I loved the color though, and I love my 100% cotton shorty jeans, so these seem like an excellent replacement. Hopefully they’ll still be available in my size when they have a coupon code, or they go on sale…or maybe they’ll stock them at Shopbop?
FEIT handsewn mules in rust – I’ve wanted to try a pair of FEIT shoes for a while, and love this rust color (a good way to “wear” red/rust I think!), so I’m saving up the Garmentory credit I earn from my referral link. If I get those, and even if not, I may decide to sell my mules from Elizabeth Suzann; I love them, but don’t wear them very much. The sneaker mule/slide is much more my style…
Robert Clergerie slides – ugh. because I can’t resist Robert Clergerie…and I’ve also wanted a pair of metallic shoes for a while…
Belted jacket/sweater – this is something that’s always on my wishlist and I’m sort of constantly looking for. It should be able to be worn belted or not, and look just as good open and flowy as belted. It should have pockets, and be made from cotton, silk, or linen. I’ve had jackets, etc., and have thought about the Clyde trench or jacket from Elizabeth Suzann, but I really want something that can be tied at the waist (I love this look with wide leg pants) and that’s not so BIG. Problem is, when I have had something like that, many years ago, I always prefer to wear it open. This is just something that I might get if the right piece comes along at the right price, but I’m not actively looking for it.
There you have it. I do not need anything at all, but those are the things I would like to have, if I can afford it this year.
What’s on your 2018 wishlist? What do you need to add to your wardrobe this year? What do you WANT to add to your wardrobe this year??