Well, we're done the first quarter of my wardrobe ban and it feels OK. I mean, I haven't been that strict so maybe that's why? But I know I've been more consistently thoughtful with what I have purchased so far than I've been, ever. It's been so interesting to see what I purchased - it's kind of all over the place.
First was the Burberry key pouch and it's definitely one of THE best purchases I've purchased, not just for 2018, but over all. I haven't stopped using it since it arrived and really don't see myself using anything else. The design really exceeds all my expectations and I can't stop raving about the removable key chain part. Just THE BEST.
Second was a complete whim - the silver Rebecca Minkoff loafers. Whim in a sense that I don't need them, but I did think about whether they'd serve a purpose in my wardrobe. I LOVE them. They're so comfortable and effortlessly gives my outfit a bit of a kick. Will they be on-trend next year? I don't know, but I also don't stick to trends that much so it doesn't bother me at all, and I know I'll continue to wear them for my own enjoyment.
The 'dud' purchase so far was my dabble in cashmere sweaters. My intent was to slowly replace my sweaters with cashmere as they start to wear out, BUT, I'm allergic. The gray Lord & Taylor crew neck is a great piece and when I first brought it home, I wore it almost ever other day. Ya... I fell in love (sooo soft). Sadly, it irritated my skin like crazy, and reminded me why I wasn't allowed in petting zoos as a child. I'm pretty devastated and I KNOW that the smart thing to do is just to get rid of it, but I love it so much... I'm probably going to regret it, but I'm going to try wearing it again after my skin has recovered (I know, I know, I should not try again) but with layers to avoid as much skin contact as possible. Since it didn't work out, I consider it a loss and removed it from my Allowable Items.
For pure function, I purchased an off-white, half-zip sweatshirt - I've been veering away from hoodies and slowly letting them go, but I still wanted something similarly easy and comfortable for the weekends.
Overall, I feel great about my purchases - I have a replacement, trend, test, and function piece so far. I COMPLETELY failed with my 'no bags or SLG' goals, and also 'no shoes', BUT I do feel really good about all my purchases. I'm enjoying the vintage bags (In fact, I wore the vintage Bottega Veneta crossbody/clutch all Easter weekend) and the SLGs just make me really happy each time I pull them out of my bag. AND, because I'm enjoying my new pieces so much, it's a lot easier to let go of things that I'm holding onto, purely based on emotion.