I have been actively doing my splurge research these days, my friends, and I thought it was time for another splurge report. Time to discuss what is on my Spring Wish List. And let you know how I’m faring shopping in this, the year of “Sue’s New Frugality,” 2022.
You might remember back in January I decided that I didn’t actually, really need anything new in my wardrobe. In my yearly review of my shopping habits for 2021, I concluded that in the past two years I had filled all the holes in my wardrobe that needed filling, and purchased the items that had been on my wish list for a while. But I also admitted that like many of the consumers referred to in this article about how the pandemic has affected shopping habits, I too was suffering from a pent up need to go wild.
After two years of a pandemic and a world seemingly devolving into chaos I was, and am, sick and tired of being careful and cautious. So instead of running rampant at the mall, I decided that I would make several planned splurge purchases over the year. Not because I really needed these pieces. But because I wanted them. A splurge. My answer to the so-called “new frugality” wrought by the pandemic.
Since I let my colour grow out during the first lockdown, and embraced my natural white hair, I’ve been favouring outfits that look a bit messy and undone. I remember my friend Barbara, who passed away in 2018, used to say that I always looked “perfect.” She’d open her front door and exclaim, “Sue how do you do it? You look fresh out a band box.” Gosh, I miss her. But, if she were still here, I’d have to tell her that I am eschewing the bandbox look. Or trying. I think a too perfect look with white hair looks… well… fussy. Not edgy enough, maybe.
I guess that’s why I have a reborn love for this oversized shirt from Equipment that I bought in 2015, and rarely wore until the summer of 2020. Below are two looks that I styled for a post back in August of 2020. I called my post “Blue Shirt Revival.” I wore the somewhat monochromatic look on the left a couple of times. By the way, monochromatic was what I was going for, hence the lack of a pop of colour. But the outfit on the right, which I also love, never made it out of the yard. A victim of too many lockdowns, and too few social engagements. I’m looking forward to wearing this look this year, though. I love the messy half-tuck of the shirt.
And because I’ve been thinking of oversized shirts, I tried my blue shirt again the other day. Over a black tee shirt, with my ankle boots, faux-leather trousers, and my black Everlane trench (similar.)
I’m not in love with this look. Perhaps a white tee under the blue shirt would have been better. Anyway, I’d planned to wear this out for lunch on Friday and changed my mind at the last minute. Preferring the outfit below. Which as you’ll notice does not include an oversized shirt. Ha. But it does include my green cashmere hoodie that I bought from Club Monaco last spring. Such a spring-y, hopeful colour, don’t you think?
But let’s get back to oversized shirts. I have become enamoured of the loose-fitting shirt look. But here’s the thing. I own only two cotton shirts. One is white and quite tailored. My blue Equipment shirt is the only one I have that is not a slim fit.
So what’s on my spring wish list, you ask? Well, other than spring itself, I want another oversized shirt. In a colour. Pink. Or bright green. Not white. Pink or green will look wonderful with my navy jackets, while a white, collared shirt and a navy jacket can look a bit airline hostess-y to me. Probably because the Air Canada flight attendants have long worn navy and white with red accents.
I’ve been on the hunt for my shirt for a while. And I’ve pretty much settled on the bright pink shirt from Cos. But here are a few of the shirts I considered. Including one in blue that I’d get if I didn’t already own a blue shirt.
I have other pieces on my spring wish list. I’m searching for a spring jacket, not a trench coat or a raincoat, and not a blazer. More like a longer denim jacket. Or a French “work jacket”, a “chore jacket” as I’ve also seen them called. Slightly boxy, not cropped, and very casual. I’ve seen a couple that I like. But I’m in no hurry.
I’d be happy to find a pair of loose black pants, or tailored trousers, to replace an old pair. Not the same style as my tan ones. Less dressy than those. And a bit narrower in the leg. If I can find them.
And lastly, I want a new pair of sneakers. My Stan Smith sneakers have done yeoman service, and they are still in pretty good shape. But they are seven years old now, and will need replacing before long. Still, as I said, I’m in no hurry. For any of these pieces.
After all, I don’t really need anything new at all. And whatever I buy has to fit in with the rest of my wardrobe. And kind of rejuvenate what I already own. Nothing like a rejuvenating splurge, I always say. Doesn’t have to be new, either. Could be vintage, or thrifted. Or gifted. Ha.
Gad. I hope I’m not sending my slow fashion reputation to hell in a handbasket with all my splurging.
What are you wishing for this spring, my friends? Other than spring itself, of course.
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