One of my New Years resolutions is to buy clothes more strategically. The constant Instagram posts and email ads from retailers sucked me further and further into the fast fashion world and it was honestly exhausting. I woke up every morning with a need to snag all the fashionable pieces. This is 1) bad for my wallet and 2) terrible for the environment. The more my closet filled up with pieces, the more sad I became - always feeling like I’m missing the next trendy item. Plus, Jordan can barely walk into my walk-in closet now :P.
I’m starting a new series on my blog called “What I bought” which will help me document what I buy every month. (Disclaimer: I do receive some sponsored clothing items, but I purchase majority of my clothes. These blog posts will feature only non-sponsored content and all opinions will be authentic.) I still love fashion trends and putting together new outfits, but I want to purchase my fashionable items more strategically. Do they pair well with my existing items? Will I wear them for more than one season? The goal of these blog posts is to think through all the items I buy before purchasing and hopefully these monthly blog posts will end up becoming… empty! Hopefully this will inspire you to also shop less and focus more on what you already have.
1. Everlane Underwear
Everlane sent a $20 coupon for the holiday season and I had to take the opportunity to try out the Everlane underwear collection I’ve been hearing so much about. Each piece is 92% supima cotton and 8% elastane. Supima cotton is a specific type of cotton made in the US that has extra-long lasting fibers that will ensure your underwear will last a while. Plus, Everlane uses ethical factories and promotes sustainability. Good quality and a company that values the environment. Win WIn.
I purchased the hipster and high waisted. When I initially opened the underwear from their cardboard packaging (yay no plastic), I was slightly disappointed. They are not as soft and seamless as underwear from companies such as True&Co and Victoria Secret’s seamless line. But I was very surprised after trying them out for a few days. They are light weight and extremely breathable. I practically never noticed them there. The high waisted ones in particular were ultra comfortable! They feel like a pleasant hug. I’ve been gravitating towards them non-stop.
2. Mango Pieces
Mango is my favorite online retailer, but they are a fast fashion brand. Fortunately, they have created the Take Action and Committed collections that are focused on using sustainable fabrics (recycled polyester, etc.). I have been trying to refrain from shopping at Mango as much, but when I saw the white skirt I’ve been eyeing all season on sale during the Winter Sale, I had to make a purchase. Usually Mango has 30% off sales all throughout the year, so I look for pieces that are >30% during seasonal sales. The white skirt is a perfect addition to the closet because midi skirts have lasted a few seasons now and I predict they will be in for at least another year. Plus, white is versatile for both all seasons. You will definitely be seeing me wearing this all throughout the year. The sweater and T-shirt are from the Take Action collection. I only own one grey turtleneck and wanted a beige turtleneck as a basic in my wardrobe to create more outfits with. For the shirt, I loved the button detail - it’s a fun twist to the basic t-shirts I wear all year long. As for the sweater, I didn’t need it, but I wanted to try out the Committed collection.
Edit: I returned the button shirt and the Committed collection sweater. The shirt material felt stiff and some threading was already coming out. The sweater from the Committed collection did not fit me right and sat awkwardly on my shoulders.
I decided to visit the Uniqlo store in the Kansai airport during my layover and check out the latest heat tech pieces. There was a huge clear out sale going on and a nice fluffy jacket was screaming my name (plus no tax on airport goods!). It was an unnecessary purchase, but the jacket looked and is insanely warm - perfect for the upcoming winter season. I justified the purchase as a little present to myself before I begin 2019 as a conscious shopper. There was also a black merino wool turtle neck on sale. I picked it up because (as mentioned earlier) I don’t own that many turtle necks and it will be a great basic in my wardrobe.
Overall, I am really happy with the Everlane and Uniqlo purchase, but the Mango purchase was a little unnecessary. Share down below what you think and what you bought this month!