It’s been one month since I started my Slow Fashion journey and I have to give myself a pat on the back for how well I think my February purchases went. If you remember back in my initial post, I gave myself a goal of buying 8 items or less a month in the hopes that it would challenge me to buy smarter. In January I bought 15 items (which makes me a little sick), and even though I probably spent the same amount of money on my February purchases, they are either better quality or more considered.
I told you that at the end of each month I would recap the month’s purchases, highlighting my favorite pieces, and whether or not I succeeded in reaching my goal. For the first month, I am proud to say I succeeded my 8 item goal by buying 7 items (can I get a hell yeah?)! I have to say this first month was surprisingly easy. There were a few items (like the jeans) that I had been searching for forever, so that was easy to decide on. For the other items, I probably thought about the purchase for a good 10 days before buying, thinking of different styling options and how I would wear them, to what void they are filling in my wardrobe.
Surprisingly, it was easy to say no. In some ways, it made shopping easier. I wasn’t constantly looking for ‘what’s new’ on different sites or what the trends are. Knowing that you have a numerical limit really causes a mental limit on shopping, and purchasing habits, because you pick the best of the best and then THAT’S IT.
Anyway, here is the recap of my February purchases!
1. H&M mix print patchwork dress with belt, also love this one: This patchwork dress is EVERYTHING. It snaps up the front and has a removable belt, so I can think of 3 or 4 ways to wear it off the top of my head. I love the mixed patchwork prints and feel that the whole style is totally ‘on brand’ for me, so I was willing to buy it from H&M.
2. Everlane Woven Street Shoe: This shoe is beyond comfortable, and duh, black and white. They’re made ethically and out of sustainable materials, plus the woven pattern gets me non-stop compliments. A new wardrobe staple for sure.
3. Rag & Bone high waist color block jeans, also love this pair: These are the jeans I’ve been raving about for 2 weeks and have basically worn everyday since I bought them. No joke, I just threw out (via Thred Up!) 4 pairs of wannabe boyfriend/relaxed fit jeans because these are just so much better. I love the high waist, grommet detail on the waistband and tailored color blocking on the hem. They can obviously be casual, but dressed up for work with a blazer and ankle boots.
4. Everlane silk square shirt: Really love the fabric and cut of this silk top. They have lots of neutral colors available on their website, but I chose pink to add something a little different to my wardrobe. I absolutely love the drape and feel of this top and worn buttoned all the way up its gives kind of a nerdy-chic look. My only regret is that I actually wish I had bought black… but you learn!
5. Zara contrast boots: #Vegan ankle boots in a great 3″ heel that are basically the Hero piece in any outfit. The ribbon detail down the front of the shoe is simultaneously graphic as minimalist, and will look killer with the jeans and the print dress!
6. J.Crew drop shoulder stripe turtleneck: I can’t ignore a great stripe shirt and this one is what I need for cooler weather. The wide turtleneck and the drop shoulder are effortlessly chic, and this has been another wardrobe staple for the past few weeks.
7. Zara gold hoop earrings: I have to admit that this one was an impulse purchase, but one I’m happy with. The linking hoops are very modern, and I love the look with my hair pulled back (which is basically the only way I want to wear my hair lately). Bonus points because a ponytail with these earrings looks GREAT with a stripe turtleneck, jeans and my black and white street shoes!
What do you think of my February purchases? Any advice for me for future shopping? I would love to hear if any of you are embracing the slow fashion trend in your life and how you work within it’s rewarding, but challenging constraints!