Monday, December 7, 2015

Tunics & Leggings

My clothing purchase plan for 2016 is to only buy clothing items I truly need and love. I want to focus on quality over quantity and buy the best quality that I can afford. I decided to focus on “wardrobe basics” I’m missing or that are getting a bit too old and worn out. There are many wardrobe basics lists, and I think many of them are a good start, but I’ll customize my list to fit my lifestyle. I look forward to working on the list over the next few weeks.

Two Items that are very “me" and I wear every week are tunics and leggings, and I intend to add a few fun pieces to my wardrobe. I have two good, black leggings as well as black faux leather leggings, so the leggings I’ll add in 2016 will definitely not be black. I’ll pull out all my tunics and see what color will go with most of them and then plan on picking a fun, bold (for me) color (or maybe even a pattern?). My goal is to add a fun and interesting pair that goes with a lot that is in my closet so that I get a lot of wear out of them. We’ll see how it goes.

I also would love to add a few fun tunics. I love tunics but often play it pretty safe. I think I’m ready for some bolder prints.

I’ve had the tunic in this outfit for about six years. I really like the print. I bought the tunic in a small boutique on sale, but it was still quite expensive. However, I consider it a good investment since I have worn it often, and it has held up well. I’ll be looking for a few more fun, unique pieces.  

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Questions: What is your shopping strategy for 2016? What are your go-to outfits? What wardrobe basics do you need to add or replace? 


Be well,
Andrea

34 comments:

  1. I really like your strategy and have been trying to do the same, Andrea. That's a great tunic and you look terrific.

    -Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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  2. Gorgeous tunic!! Gorgeous you!! I can see that being a good traveling piece to take Germany with you too! Hope your week is off to a great start!!

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    1. Thanks, Andrea! It's been so busy, I'm trying to remember to slow down a bit...

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  3. I'm totally with you on that one. I need to find items that are versatile & that I absolutely adore. :]

    // ▲ itsCarmen.com ▲

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    1. Yes, it's a good rule. Now I'll just have to remember to stick with it!

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  4. Your idea to buy only what you need and like very much sounds a perfect rule! And good quality items can last a lifetime so you don't risk to waste money...Tunics and leggings are a good idea in winter as they are warm and comfortable. Besides, they suit you!

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    1. Thanks, Dan! I have been tempted lately to buy "fun" items, but I can already see that they won't last very long. In the long term, it won't have been worth it...

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  5. Love the tunic! I need more longer things for my leggings. I just bought HUE metallic faux suede leggings. The are a nice neutral silver and have a subtle leopard print. I am in love with these. Not sure if the comment will let me post a link, but I'll try: http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/hue-metallic-faux-suede-leggings/4106000?origin=keywordsearch-personalizedsort&contextualcategoryid=60138575&fashionColor=&resultback=1360

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    1. Thanks, Stacie!

      Thanks for the link to the leggings! How fun! I have a black tunic that would work very well with them!

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  6. Also, I'm trying really hard to only buy things I love. This week I'm planning to do a major closet purge so I have room for my Stitch Fix addition!

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    1. I think Stitch Fix can actually help you with only buying what you love since you can think about each item and try them on numerous times... I find I'm often do better when ordering things online and trying them on at home and truly evaluating them (now that I have gotten over my dislike for returning thing...).

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  7. You are spot on...we need to only buy what we love and what looks good on us. The price per wear on your tunic is probably pretty good.

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    1. Yes, you are right, Donna! When you consider how often I've worn it, the tunic isn't expensive. Yet, some of the "bargains" I picked up and hardly wore at all didn't turn out to be a bargain after all...

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  8. I am right there with you! I intend to buy just a few amazing pieces, either great quality basics or a few over the top fun additions to my wardrobe. Allowing for a few " I love it" others. ��

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    1. Yes, a few over-the-top additions you love are important in addition to basics!

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  9. I love tunics. They are so comfy and still stylish.

    I *wish* I could get on board with only buying things I need. That strategy goes against everything that is fun about thrifting. The reality is that I know I don't *need* anything.

    This is a totally reasonable, intelligent, practical plan.

    I suppose I just need to replace my thrifting hobby with something else.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. Yes, I definitely love how comfortable tunics are....

      I'm actually trying to figure out how to do a little bit of thrifting in the new year while still sticking to my overall strategy!

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  10. I try to buy pieces that I can wear through most of the seasons. I love the print of your tunic! This is such a cute look!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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  11. That's a great strategy, Andrea! Looking lovely!

    Thanks so much for sharing with Fun Fashion Friday!

    OXOX
    Dawn Lucy
    http://fashionshouldbefun.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Dawn! And thanks for hosting Fun Fashion Friday!

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  12. I absolutely agree with your strategy. Mine will be a little different for 2016 because I have spent so many years building basic pieces...it's time to go out on some limbs now. ;-) Of course, as needed, I intend to replace or supplement some of the basics. I love your outfit. It is gorgeous. I also love your point about investment pieces. If you spend the money on quality and more classic pieces and classic interpretations of trends, you can wear pieces for years upon years.

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  13. I've also started to focus on only buying things that I actually need! My wardrobe was getting out of control haha. It's actually much more rewarding to carefully choose a piece before purchasing it rather than just buying all of the things. Love this tunic. The pattern is so fun!

    https://forsevenseasons.wordpress.com

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    1. Thanks, Alecz! And, yes, careful purchases are more rewarding! :-)

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  14. I love the colors in this tunic, great paired wth the leggings and boots. I do that now, look and see what I need to add to my closet, but somethig has to really call to me to buy it!
    Thanks for linking up with Turning Heads Tuesday!
    jess xx
    www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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    1. Thanks, Jessica! And thanks for hosting the Turning Heads Tuesday link up!

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  15. Great idea (your clothing purchase plan)! Lovely tunic!

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  16. Great tunic and I agree that it's worth the price if it's a piece that you on regular basis. Thank you for being a part of TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you soon!

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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