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 them: for 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!)…
Casual white shirt – FOUND!
Cropped white cardigan – FOUND!
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
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…)
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!]