Sunday, January 8, 2012
Best and Worst of 2011
[Elle Interior Sweden]
Now that it's officially 2012, it's a great time to reflect on my wardrobe purchases of 2011 and assess the best and worst.
Despite spring being a time I don't really make a lot of purchases, the fact that I was in Paris for part of the season inevitably gave me more opportunities to buy some great things at great prices. At the two sample sales I hit in Paris and Antwerp, I made some purchases of useful things, and also things I have wanted for a while but couldn't afford at full retail.
At the Damir Doma sample sale I bought two items which have since been indispensable to me: a pair of spiral stitched leggings and spiral stitched long sleeve jersey top.
At the Ann Demeulemeester sample sale, two notable finds included a bird-printed chiffon cardigan and a pinwheel patterned drawstring skirt which have been great layering pieces.
Top purchases of fall probably include my new Ann Demeulemeester coat and Zam Barrett Siamese bag. The coat was one of my first purchases of fall (back in August I think?) and the bag was one of my last of the year. I was in a bit of a handbag predicament, until one somewhat fell from the sky... well, a sample sale deal came along.
[via Style Zeitgeist]
Three other top purchases are my easy throw-on items: Alexander Wang Ashley boots, perfect for making a quick trip to the grocery store or shopping all day with my mother, my (second hand) Balenciaga leather jacket (finally!), and a second-hand Barbour coat. While not really my style at all, it is the perfect dog park coat and I like to pretend to be the Queen Mum in it. I don't really care what I look like at the dog park- I wear duck boots and Sorel's and have dogs jump on me with their muddy paws. Enough said.
Regrets include things that showed up not fitting as expected, or not fitting at all. They were pretty few and far between, and I only had one or two inexpensive "WTF was I thinking" purchase, so I think I did pretty well on that front.
So, what were your best purchases of 2011? Any regrets or "WTF was I thinking" purchases?