You guys can probably tell by now that I take a very practical approach to building a wardrobe. At this point, I’ve shared many tips on where to save and where to splurge on clothes and accessories, but today, I wanted to go a little deeper and share more on my shopping habits. My wardrobe typically falls into two categories – classics that I buy seasonally or pieces that I binge on from month to month. Knowing this has helped me establish a functional budget for my shopping needs. I find that the items I buy monthly are fitting for everyday – and since I wear them pretty regularly, they often wear down faster and need to be replaced. For seasonal items, it’s more about investment worthy classics that hold up over a long period of time. To find out exactly what pieces I buy seasonally vs. monthly, scroll ahead.
Coats are one of the few items I buy irregularly since I only wear them between late fall through winter. And since winters are pretty brutal here in Minnesota, I like to set aside a little more for a high-quality coat every season. For the different coat styles worth splurging on, check out this post.
Designer handbags can get pricey, so I only recommend buying one or two each season, if that. I do believe in purchasing designer bags since they’re so durable and really hold up over a lifetime. Plus, the right bag can instantly make your outfit appear more expensive. To find out which designer handbags are in my collection, you can refer back to this video.
Designer shoes are similar to designer handbags in the sense that they can last for a long time (as long as you take care of them) – and they make every outfit look so chic. Again, due to the higher price, I only purchase designer shoes seasonally. For fall and winter, that usually means suede and leather boots.
Leather pants, whether faux or real, are another item I buy seasonally since the heavier material is perfect for when it’s colder outside. I love how they look so edgy but chic at the same time.
Although I love sweater dresses, they usually work best in the fall so it doesn’t make sense to go overboard with them. I typically look for a few versatile styles that I can wear alone with boots and then later transition to wearing with jeans.
Fall and winter make up more than half the year here in Minnesota so I practically live in sweaters. Since I’m always rotating the same ones in and out, I find myself adding a few new ones each month. The good part is that many of them can be layered and worn together.
Basic Tees and Tanks
Basics like plain t-shirts and tanks are pieces I wear all the time, so I often stock up on them. They’re great for layering with cardigans or pairing with jeans for everyday.
I also buy dresses monthly even though I may not wear them very often in the winter. With dresses, it can be tricky to find the “perfect” fit and style. So when I do find one I like, I’ll go ahead and snatch it up. There is bound to be a special occasion that pops up and calls for dressier attire.
It’s no secret that I live in denim most of the year, so I love that there’s no shortage of denim brands and styles to choose from. Since I’m always on the hunt for my next great pair of jeans, it’s normal for me to have a new pair every month. The addiction is real!
I believe it’s important to have a good mix of high and low blouses. Though I usually buy classic silk tops and button downs seasonally, I will purchase trendier, budget-friendly blouses monthly. I’m often wearing jeans and leggings, so having new options in rotation keeps my cold weather wardrobe fresh.