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3 January 2016

reflection

It's that time in the season to cast my eyes over the pieces in my wardrobe that have been my favourites. In doing this I hope to make some sensible purchases in January to make the most of what I've already got. I've been culling throughout A/W 2015, so I'm also going to share the purchases that didn't quite work out and that have already been returned, consigned or re-homed!

First up is a recent purchases, I only wish I had found this a lot earlier in the season as it may well have resulted in a few less purchases overall for A/W 2015. This is Zara coatigan is an item I could easily wear everyday as it goes with everything from boyfriend jeans and trainers, to being worn over a dress with tights and boots. The fact that it is navy and black means it's opened up a lot of new outfit opportunities for me as I've never really been one for mixing these 2 colours! I know I will be wearing it loads in the coming months.


Zara coatigan, sold out online

Over the last year I've fallen in love with skirts, this all started with a Jack Wills denim skirt picked up in February, but my Zara pleather a-line skirt has been a total wardrobe saviour ever since I purchased it in August.



My wardrobe is crying out for some colour and as this COS sweater is such a great shape and style for dressing up or down this absolutely deserves a mention on my favourites list! A classic for years to come.



Success on the dress front came in the shape of this Dorothy Perkins number. I have worn this so much....again great with trainers, flats and boots!





Dorothy Perkins pinafore dress, sold out similar here

I'm a trainer girl at heart and can normally be found in my Converse or Nike Blazers. However the footwear wonder for me recently has been my Topshop Bardot boots.....I have worn them so much that I've already bought a replacement. These have been brilliant purchase, no doubt about it! 





Here's where I confess to a couple of *mistakes* I've made.

As I've just mentioned above, I do love my trainers and so I plumped for some navy suede Gazelles. However, I now know I'm not the only person to have had this problem......they really pinched my toes so they have been dispatched to my sister.




Next up is this fabulous H&M dress, I fell hook, line and sinker for this, but it hung in my wardrobe for 3 weeks, I then packed it to take it on holiday before realising I would never get the wear out of it so I returned it. 


H&M maxi dress, sold out online


Last but not least was a holiday purchase, when I went a bit crazy because of the exchange rate. I am still working on the one in, one out basis clothes-wise and so when I bought the Zara coatigan at the top of the page I felt I had to part with this Pull & Bear cardigan so it was promptly eBayed.


Pull & Bear tweed cocoon jacket, sold out online

This has been a great exercise for me. Reviewing my best bits has meant I haven't gone too wild in the sales and will hopefully help me think more carefully about what I buy this month. I definitely want to try and shop my wardrobe for all it's worth over the coming weeks.

So, what have I been wearing these past few days?


Zara coat, ancient very similar in the sale here though
COS Sweater, in the sale here
Zara faux leather skirt, here
Urban Outfitters Percy boots, sold out online
Hallhuber bag, sold out online



Zara sweater, sales purchase sold out online
Zara jeans, not online
Uggs, here


Zara coatigan, sold out online
Gap merino sweater, ancient
Zara jeans, sold out online
Urban Outfitters Percy boots, sold out online
Hallhuber bag, sold out online
Primark fur tippet, sale purchase instore

Looking back it would seem that Zara has been my go-to store this season, closely followed by Topshop. Other stores I buy from regularly are H&M, Pull & Bear, Mango and ASOS. My latest discovery has been Urban Outfitters and I think there are likely to be a few 2016 purchases made from there. You can see what I have purchased throughout the season here. Recording what I've bought on a Pinterest board has been good exercise in flagging up the things I haven't been getting the wear out, so armed with this information I will be doing my best to make sure these items get an airing over the coming weeks. 

Have you done a season review? Do you know where you tend to make your purchases? Have you any new clothing resolutions for 2016? I'm all ears! 

18 comments:

  1. Love that faux leather Zara skirt! Can I ask how the sizing comes up? Quite fancy the burgundy one. I need to do a review and cull too - I can barely close the doors to my wardrobe which is telling me something!

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    1. Thank you Rachel! I am normally a size 10 in a skirt or jeans and I have the medium in the Zara skirt. It does swing around a bit but it was more comfortable than the small on me.
      I've got into some good habits which means I'm constantly weeding out the things out of my wardrobe which I no longer feel the love for....so once you start I bet there will be no stopping you!

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  2. Happy New Year Michelle! It's a great time to start culling your wardrobe...which of course means lots of room for the newbies!! Love the Zara coatigan, I can see you really getting loads of wear out of it, especially as our summers often dont start till about June!!P.s love the UO boots too!
    Helen xx

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    1. Happy New Year to you Helen! The Zara coatigan has been brilliant for pulling outfits together....it'll be a regular feature on here! ;0) The boots have so far been my best bargain....they are a ringer for the Acne Jensen's for a smidge of the price! :0) xx

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  3. Happy New Year Michelle....and great post. It's really helpful to read about what other bloggers have bought and worn/not worn. Your honestly is refreshing and you've got me pondering what I would put into a similar post. Watch this space! Looking gorgeous as always and you've given me further faux leather skirt inspiration too...I need to wear mine more! Ax

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    1. Happy New Year Avril and thank you for the wonderful compliment! It's a bit scary putting it out there when things don't work out as I feel I have recommended things in the first place but if the odd purchase doesn't sit in my wardrobe well enough well I'm happy to share that too! I shall look forward to seeing your season's favourites! The faux leather skirt has been the perfect thing to see me through some of those trickier occasions to dress for like going out for dinner somewhere you have been before and you don't know how dressy the place is, I've also worn it to a family gathering where I thought to look as though I'd made an effort to smarten myself up a bit.....it's been an absolute saviour.....and the Zara coatigan looks brilliant over it! ;0) xx

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  4. Absolutely love that Zara coatigan! A wardrobe cull at this time of year is such a good idea. I have amazed myself by not going near any sales at all this time - I've decided I need to do a bit of exercise & toning before I splash out on new stuff ... so hopefully I'll be a shadow of my former self next time we meet :))

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    1. Ahh, thanks H! Yep, I am no longer scaring myself with the amount of stuff I have, it definitely feels more under control! It's great to have a goal and a fab reason to shop for a new wardrobe.....look forward to the unveiling of the new you in Feb then! xx

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  5. I love these posts, Michelle. It really makes you stop and think about what you buy. You always buy do well, making sure everything fits in with your wardrobe - we all make one or two mistakes though!! Looking fab as always too. Lynne xx

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    1. You inspired me to do this post Lynne...it really does help you to see the wood for the trees as they say! I am buying a lot better, and I aim to do even better this year and cut back what I buy more and shop my wardrobe better.....I feel ready for a wardrobe challenge! xx

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    2. Aaahhh, thanks, Michelle. I like to reflect on what I've bought and what works well. I hope it stops he wasting my money in the future!! xx

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    3. Buying better is top of my priorities this year Lynne so after following suit and doing a review, I feel I'm on the right track! xx

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  6. Happy New Year! On reflection I think you have made great buys that so fit your style, the Zara cardigan is fabulous. I am with you writing down/documenting what you have purchased (Pinterest, is a great way BTW) I bet you have more things to wear when you have less in the wardrobe ..... things you love you tend to wear more, plus having less you can actually see what you have to wear! xx

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    1. Happy New Year Annmarie! I like to think I have made some great purchases that suit my lifestyle, the Zara coatigan is a perfect example of something that can be chucked on for the school run but looks just as good over a blouse, coated jeans and heels for an evening! I've always kept a tally of what I buy and how much I'm spending per month and I'm going to use that to really challenge myself to do better this year to buy less and shop my wardrobe more. I need to keep on culling and reducing what I have....I am up for a challenge, I hope to start investment purchasing a bit more like you! xx

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  7. Some great items here, I really like seeing the burgundy colours on you amongst the black and grey. That fluffy scarf is fabulous!

    I've not done a year review, I do a budget post each month though so it would be very easy to go back and see what I purchased, what I wore loads and what was let's face it, uneccessary!

    Happy new year :)

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    1. Thanks Lou! I am in love with the berry shade....I'm not great with colour but that shade has been great to lift a lot of the black and grey that inhabit my wardrobe! How fab is the scarf?!

      Yep, I've looked back at what I've spent over the course of the year and it is a shocker but it's a great place to start, to know what needs changing! I am looking forward to that challenge as yes, I too bought stuff that was uneccessary and I aim to rectify that this year! Happy New Year to you! xx

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  8. Well I was going to say I think you look great in burgundy, but Lou beat me to it! You're really inspiring me lately with your ruthless approach to buying, and that's my only resolution for this year really - to only buy what I really think I'll use, and will fit into my existing wardrobe - and to stop being tempted by stuff just because it looks great on someone else! We'll see how that goes... :-D xx

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    1. Ahh, thanks Becky! I am so ruthless these days, I've got to really love it for it to deserve a place in the wardrobe. I am constantly culling and eBaying! I am also tempted by things that look great on others that don't necessarily suit my lifestyle! I am making a conscious effort not to follow suit and buy what everyone else is wearing at the moment! It's pretty darn hard I can tell you! xx

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