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Filling the Holes in My Closet: My Shopping List

I know it probably seems unlikely that a closet as crammed full of STUFF as mine is could have any holes in it AT ALL, but one thing this year’s quest to build up a capsule of basics has taught me is that my tendency to favour 50s style prom dresses over clothes I can actually wear has left me with a few gaps to fill.

This list is as much for my reference as anyone else’s, and I should probably say here that I’m not planning to run out and buy all of these items rightthisverysecond, and I’m not actively searching for any of themfor one thing, I can’t even afford to buy ONE thing on my list right now, let alone all of them, and for another, those so-called “basics” are always the hardest things to find, aren’t they? I mean, I could walk into any shop on the high street and find a dozen dresses with asymmetric hems and strange cut-outs right where you don’t need anything to be cut out, but can I find a simple, cropped white cardigan that isn’t shaped like a box? No. If I could, I wouldn’t be writing this, would I?

Anyway, these are basically just the items I always try to keep in the back of my mind when I’m shopping: the elusive pieces that would make my closet “complete” – although, not really, because we all know that by the time I find them, I’ll have somehow managed to ruin – or even lose – one of my other basics, and the whole thing will have to start again. Here’s what I’m looking for right now, though (and no, stripe tops AREN’T on the list!)…

filling the gaps in the wardrobe

OUTERWEAR

White blazer

 

TOPS

Casual white shirtFOUND!

Cropped white cardiganFOUND!

BOTTOMS

Perfect pair of mid-blue jeans

White jeans (I feel like I’ve ordered and returned dozens of pairs of these: they’re SO much harder to find than blue jeans: and blue jeans are hard enough to find in the right fit and wash…)

Red jeans (As above. Oh, red jeans – where art though?)

Full white skirt – every one I find is off-white, and I want white-white, dammit.

White pencil skirt

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SHOES

Red flats (I do actually have red flats – I was wearing them in yesterday’s post, actually –  but because I wear them constantly they’re always in need of replacement, so they never really come off this list…)

Gold flats (As above – I just bought a pair of these, so I’m good for now, but the search never really ends. I know I could just buy multiple pairs when I do find them, but who really wants to spend all their spare cash on multiples of the same shoe?)

Red heeled pumps (The ones in the photos are peep toes – I want to find a decent closed-toe pair)

Gold dress sandals/peep toes  – FOUND!

Tan knee boots (This has actually been a lifelong search of mine. I currently own TWO pairs of tan knee boots, and neither pair is perfect. I think knee boots are basically the jeans of the footwear world: the right pair is almost impossible to find…)

 

ACCESSORIES

Tan shoulder bag

Small crossbody bag – because I’m tired of lugging a giant shoulder bag with me everywhere I go. Surely I could fit all my stuff into something a little bit smaller? Or, you know, just stop carrying SO MUCH STUFF with me all the time?

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And that’s my list – which I’ll try to remember to update once I actually find the various things on it! What about you, though: got any holes in your closet?

[P.S. I think I probably didn’t make it clear enough that I’m not actively looking for these items right this second or asking for suggestions – I’m saving for my holiday, so can’t buy anything right now: it’s just a rolling list of things I keep in the back of mind for when I do have some spare cash!]
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  • The Other Emma

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    Look at your wardrobe with spaces between the clothes so you can see everything!!! (And also not break into a sweat trying to wrestle out the one top you know is in there but is hidden by 95 other bits, a handbag, your wedding hair piece and some children’s clothes that have sneakily made their way into your wardrobe – any one else or is that just my personal wardrobe hell to deal with?!?)

    Also, the search for good basics is never ending and painful. Why must retailers ruin good basics by sticking either random stuff on them or making them a weird cut that flatters nobody?

    July 7, 2015
  • Amanda

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    One of the biggest holes in my closet is a simple black dress that can be dressed up or dressed down, I think it will be on my Christmas wish list!

    July 7, 2015
  • I agree with the above about the perfect black dress – where are they hiding! Did you try M&S for a cardigan? Some of the bigger stores seem to have a ton in every colour. Probably not the one you actually need though… 🙂

    July 7, 2015
  • Great post. I have so many holes I want to fill to create a perfect all year wardrobe. I should get on it really. Just wish I had an unlimited budget.

    July 7, 2015
  • Myra

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    Have you tried GAP for your cropped cardigan?

    July 7, 2015
  • Do I have any holes in my wardrobe? My entire wardrobe is a hole!!

    It’s so good to see that I’m not the only one with an exaggerated stripe tendency! 🙂

    B x

    July 7, 2015
  • In case it helps for the next time you’re in need of flats: all of mine come from Mango, I even go as far as checking their outlet store just in case they still have the same pair I just ruined… Although I usually buy them in black&brown, not red&gold.

    July 7, 2015
  • Maria

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    Concerning my summer wardrobe, I’d say I’m settled, no holes thankfully! Also because I fairly hate shopping for summer, it’s not exactly my favourite season (we’re currently at 38°C where I live; the blazing heat makes me want to crawl up into my freezer and hibernate ’till September basically). BUT what keeps me going is the thought of shopping for my autumn wardrobe’s holes while the new collections arrive in the stores (yeah, I’m that weird person that buys enthusiastically winter garments in August, dreaming of cooler temperatures)!

    July 7, 2015
  • Selina

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    I think what constitutes as a summer wardrobe is a big fat hole in mine. Summer clothes are a little bit of a nemesis for me

    July 7, 2015
  • TinaD

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    Making such a list seems to guarantee that those items Immediately go out of style for the next 40 years. My holy grail is a pair of chino crops in black (and eventually red) that are, in fact, crops (not de facto ankle pants or knee pants), have tapered lower legs (rather than big tubes that stop halfway down), and contain more cotton than other stuff. Oh, and that fit–bonus! I usually fall at that first fence, because midnight navy is not, andnever has been, black. You seem to have good luck with crops; I’m envious.

    July 7, 2015
  • Mags

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    Red and white jeans: zara, last season. I cannot even express how glad I was to find these. No help, I know.

    July 7, 2015
  • Ditto the whole ‘my wardrobe is a hole’ comments above – mine is a literal hole – a black hole that is overflowing with stuff but out of which I struggle every darn day to find an outfit. I’ve just started researching capsule wardrobes and I think that is what I need but i’d need two – one for work and one for casual. Out of the things I’ve put together for each I think I do actually have a lot of the things however I can NEVER find smart, tapered black trousers that aren’t pleated at the front and don’t make my butt look huge. My other hole is definitely a white shirt that doesn’t gape at the front – it’s becoming a lifelong mission to find one!

    July 7, 2015
  • I’ve attempted to fill lots of my holes with a Forever21 order this week – on the one side the quality is awful but on the other everything is made for those of us that are on the smaller end of the spectrum (I.e. Teens) and that can work really well for me for fit! When you have the money they’re worth keeping an eye on as sometimes they are a good basics maker! So my red pencil skirt and colour denim jacket hole MAY be filled now!

    July 7, 2015
  • I have the same problem with finding simple basics! Also, buying non basics are just more fun. But i have a closet full of fun items with no purpose.

    My list differs a bit, but always on the back of my mind as i browse: knee high tan boots, black dressy booties, navy heels, scoopneck tees in every color that dont pinch around the arm holes and dont have stipud pockets , light weight summer jacket (unsure of “best” color)… i feel i will know once i see it!

    July 7, 2015
  • I absolutely love this post, I think everyone has the same sort of thing in their head but it’s a great idea to have it written down for when you have saved up to buy something from the list. I filled a hole in my closet this week by finding the perfect pair of low heels.

    July 7, 2015
  • Ooh! Look at Kate Spade for small crossbody’s. I have the irini cross body from there and it is the best purse I’ve ever owned seriously. It fits everything I absolutely need with room for a small book or my nook if I feel I need it.

    Mana
    Fashion and Happy Things

    July 7, 2015
  • Leanne

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    i second Kate Spade for cross body/shoulder bags…the minka range is pretty and practical though not exactly budget friendly!

    July 9, 2015
  • Tess

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    I can totally understand how difficult it is to find the right white blazer. Zara makes good blazers but they probably don’t have dresses in mind to pair with, when designing the blazers. I always lament the fact that they should take in the waist to make the blazers more fitted. Well, I may end my hunt soon as I’m waiting for the delivery of my first white blazer. I hope the merchant isn’t sending me the wrong item, it’s the last piece in my size and it’ll be in my capsule wardrobe. You know how it feels when you have plans for something and it ends up being just a false dream? The nasty feeling can never be compensated by 10% off in your next order, will it?

    Not many retailers know a lot of people are born with wide feet need to wear nice shoes too. Sometimes Clark’s is thoughtful enough to make one or two pairs of mid-height wide fit shoes and they’re being snapped up quickly. And they’re not keen to bank-in more bucks.

    One of my other wanted items is classic long sleeves shirt dress in white, made with cotton. It’s almost impossible to get such shirt dress unless I’m willing to shell out US$250 on one dress that will easily get stain. I’ll then pay the tailor to cut and even out the hi-lo hemline. Or maybe I shouldn’t get it since it takes longer to iron than a full dress.

    July 10, 2015
  • Tess

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    Oh gosh! The cut-out disease is contagious. Chi Chi London is contaminated with the deadly virus. When I first saw this Lace Applique Top Full Prom Midi Dress, I thought it was going into my cart. Eww, there’s a large cut-out in the back of the dress.

    July 10, 2015
  • Lily

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    The world is crying out for a high street clothes chain that only sells basics. Teeshirts, cardigans, jeans, skirts all in various cuts and a variety of colours. A girl can dream!

    July 10, 2015
  • I recently bought a ton of cropped cardigans from New Look – they’re very cropped, right on the waist, very fitted, and with perfect three-quarter-length sleeves. And they’re about £17 each. And they have pure white! Brilliant.

    July 12, 2015
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