Wardrobe staples

Brooks Brother’s Blouse, $89.50
Via Spiga Pump, $175
Longchamp Purse, $285

Another thing I learned while on my spending freeze was that there are a lot of classic wardrobe staples I have never gotten around to purchasing because I was always impulsively buying “fun” clothes. I never had a shopping list of clothes I actually needed. With a shopping list in hand, I feel less tempted to spend frivolously, and I am more inclined to wait until I find that perfect black pump or crisp white shirt. I prefer to spend more money on pieces like these because I know they will be worn over and over again. I have a white shirt that I bought for $15 at New York and Company. It was cheap and easy to buy at the time, but the shirt is a really thin material that easily wrinkles. It also has lost the buttons on its french cuff. We all know that just won’t do.  My sister swears by the blouses at Brooks Brothers. I would suggest investing in one of their shirts when they are having a sale. Basics likes these are also easy to find at TJ maxx and Marshalls, and you usually have your choice of brand names.

Lesson learned: Classic versus trendy

I can’t believe I have been through an entire month without buying any clothes. I have had no impulse buys, and I haven’t walked into a Forever 21 since before Christmas. I am pretty excited. I feel liberated. I am not thinking about the next trendy piece I need to add to my wardrobe, and I have been able to be more creative in shopping my own closet. I have been forced to find new outfits, and I am surprised at the new creations I have come up with. I am starting to think and day dream of what my first purchase will be after my three-month spending freeze is up. I am of course thinking of something practical and classic that will last a long time. I could really use a new pair of black pumps that can be worn to both work and out with my friends. Does anyone have any recommendations? Are there a pair of black pumps you can’t live without?

(Photo from Fashion Gone Rogue)