I've never been particularly good at nailing down what I like in specific terms.
And that's been a problem for me as I've embraced a more expensive, ethical market. I can't just buy all the things and see what works. I need to be smart and curate aggressively.
To help me narrow it down before I start shopping for a new season, I decided to break my preferences down by both what I like and what I don't like. Here are my lists...
Things To Avoid:
- Prep and boho (a nod here and there, but not a whole look)
- Strapless, wide leg, billowy silhouettes
- Denim on denim
- Low-cut and high-cut blouses and tops
- Ankle-wrap shoes and sandals
- Polyester and other synthetic fabrics
Things To Look For:
- Stripes and bright solids
- Mid-rise and high-rise denim
- High rise pencil pants
- Straight-cut and midi skirts
- Straight-cut dresses
- U-necks and V-necks
- Distressed-look denim
- Simple, modern footwear
- Organic and natural fabrics
I am getting considerably better at being honest with myself about what I'll actually wear versus what looks good but just isn't me. While I love some of the contemporary, oversized, androgynous cuts of designers like Elizabeth Suzann and Everlane, it's important that I find the right balance between timeless and of-the-moment.
Here's what I'll be looking for this spring:
As with all of my shopping lists, I probably won't purchase all items listed, but I'll use specific products as a reference point as I shop around. This post contains affiliate links.
Eileen Fisher Flute Pointy Toe Flat, $198 | Amour Vert Francoise Stretch Jersey Top, $78 | Everlane Soft Cotton Square Cardigan, $88
The Helpful Additions
People Tree Kaylin Skirt in Navy, $60.75 | Melissa Artemis Sandal, $125 | Outland Denim Harriet in Black, $145 USD
Just for Fun
Thought Clothing Clemence Floral Dress, £59.90 | FashionABLE Menbere Foldover Bag, $148 | Vintage Embroidered Jeans via Etsy, $50