23 January 2014

Three Simple Wardrobe Additions























Hello! A belated post... a post that I was meaning to write for Minimalist Monday but it got squeezed out of my day when student son decided to come home Monday evening for a few days, post exams and pre start-of-term-proper.

Ah well!

This week, feeling locked in midwinter, I decided to lift my spirits by spending my Boden Christmas vouchers (thank you parents-in-law) on something new for spring/summer 2014 (just writing that warms my cockles). After being distracted by autumn/winter sale items - a scandi style jumper did lure me for longer than I care to admit - I consulted my filling the gaps in my wardrobe list determined to nail some basics.

Luckily Boden did have some plain lightweight v neck t shirts including grey, black and white which were in stock and arrived less than two days later. 

At £16 per garment (after discount) they aren't the cheapest cotton t shirts available but they look good quality and are a comfortable fit. I'm confident they'll give me good price per wear. 

Writing a wardrobe gaps list has been a useful lesson in discipline and budgeting. How many times have you bought something in the past (often in the sales or on impulse) only to regret it soon after? A wardrobe gaps list can help steer new wardrobe purchases in a more mindful direction. 

Why not write one?

In 2014 I'm liking the security of my list. 

My wardrobe gaps list

plain v neck jersey tops in black, white and grey
t shirts in black, white and grey
cotton camisoles in black, white and grey
black socks
underwear in black and white 
new black flats (patent?)
black/grey ankle boots
a dress for autumn/winter (smart day wear)




18 comments :

  1. I plan on doing a wardrobe gap list at the weekend. I have been decluttering the wardrobe of clothing I no longer wear or suit. I feel a list of clothes I need will save money in the long run.

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  2. Thank you for sharing that. I have been decluttering my closet regularly and I need to keep doing it, as I become more strict about what I keep every time I give it a go. I should do a gap list...

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  3. Boden sent me a voucher for £10, and I managed to get a black vest top almost free. It's lovely, and it makes me very happy that I didn't have to pay much for it.

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  4. I have a list too. Currently, it consists of 4 short sleeve tops; summer pajama; and 2 pants. I am terribly picky and that coupled with a set budget usually means it takes forever to find these pieces.

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  5. These are a wonderful addition. I only have a gray and a black but I'm on the lookout for a white one.

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  6. They seem like quality basics! I love shopping in the clearance section, but it's always for stuff that I really don't need. Rarely are basics the first to catch my eye, but they are the most needed!

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  7. Has your wardrobe requirements changed since you gave up work? Sar xah

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  8. Glad to see you haven't given up the Boden thing Claire x x

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  9. I need to try out Boden next time - the last long sleeved t's I bought from Gap aren't lasting too well.

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    1. I'm pleased with the quality of their clothes and they often have good offers available (15% this time for me).

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  10. Lists are a wonderful idea Claire and very helpful in creating and keeping a wardrobe of "essentials" and not whims of the moment.
    Your T shirts look beautiful and you say the quality is there too. You have mentioned Boden before but we don't have Boden in Australia as a store - or is it only available online?

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    1. Hi Megan. There is a store in London and there have been pop up shops elsewhere, like in Birmingham near me, but it is generally used as an online store I believe. It is becoming more popular in other countries (US and Germany) so it may come your way!

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  11. I have just come across your blog and I love it!!! I really think living with less is so very important...I have 3 beans and we live in a small house which is so important to me! Perfect t's by the way! I look forward to journeying along with you! Nicole

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    1. Thanks for visiting and following Nicole. I like your sense of style :)

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  12. Just discovered your blog and along with all of the serious matters - simplification of life, less stuff is better, I also share your love of Boden! I was introduced to them by a co-worker and totally fell for the bait, but then I hit the jackpot when Boden opened a warehouse only 2 hours from my town! The normally hold a warehouse sale at least once a year where items are significantly marked down, though still not cheap if your are trying to live a frugal lifestyle. However, they do make quality clothes, so up to a point, you get what you pay for. I was amazed the first time I went to one of these sales - the line was wrapped around the building! And there I was, thinking that I was totally cool for being one of the few Americans to know about Boden. However, since I have become a stay-at-home mom and my husband and I have made a lifestyle change to live more simply, I have not bought an item from Boden for several months, though Johnnie B. tauts me by email multiple times a week! ;)

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    1. Hi there Katie. Thanks for reading and commenting. Johnnie B is very attentive, I agree!

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