It’s been two years since I halved my wardrobe. Of the items I’ve kept or bought since then, everything is functional and fits well. I have all the basics I need: all the work clothes, layering items, cold weather gear, outerwear, footwear. I was happy to coast for a while and not think about clothes much. I re-checked my clothes count and I am still at 150 items (not including underwear, socks, nightwear and accessories).
This is the first time in 5 years that Rom and I haven’t travelled in April or May. Without my usual excuse for a spring/summer wardrobe refresh, I didn’t buy anything. May was unusually cool, so no one else at work revamped their style for the season, either.
Of course, now that I have a timeless wardrobe composed of good quality, built-to-last clothing, I am rather bored with it! I don’t want to completely change my style or start over. The obvious solution would be to accessorize, but the basics I own don’t lend themselves to accessorizing (long and short sleeve t-shirts, especially, don’t go better with jewellery and scarves):
Since I do like a crisp, streamlined look, I own button-up shirts, t-shirts, and cardigans. Last summer I bought a few “tops” for variety. Each was a single colour, but they introduced different profiles. This year, I’ve been cautiously seeking patterned tops, only to find my tastes in patterns haven’t changed. I don’t like boho or floral. I am not interested in off-shoulder, cold-shoulder or unsymmetrical. I don’t like anything flow-y or drape-y. I was, however, looking for an animal-print top so I ended up ordering one online that broke all my rules. Otherwise, the patterns I do like are stripes, geometrics and colour-block.
Here are the ones I bought last year. Forgive the cheesy smiles because I haven’t perfected a selfie pout 🙂
Those are still in rotation but I have bought 3 more. Last year’s and this year’s girly tops are all for work and outings – I still have my extensive T-shirt wardrobe for home-and-neighbourhood!
And finally, I uncovered this vintage 70s top my aunt had handed down to me back then!
So that is my summer wardrobe update – I am just looking for another watch or two!
Have you done any updates lately and do you like this year’s trends and colours?