I’ve never been particularly good at nailing down what I like in specific terms.
And that’s been a problem for me as I’ve embraced a more expensive, ethical market. I can’t just buy all the things and see what works. I need to be smart and curate aggressively.
To help me narrow it down before I start shopping for a new season, I decided to break my preferences down by both what I like and what I don’t like. Here are my lists…
Things To Avoid:
- Prep and boho (a nod here and there, but not a whole look)
- Strapless, wide leg, billowy silhouettes
- Denim on denim
- Low-cut and high-cut blouses and tops
- Ankle-wrap shoes and sandals
- Polyester and other synthetic fabrics
Things To Look For:
- Stripes and bright solids
- Mid-rise and high-rise denim
- High rise pencil pants
- Straight-cut and midi skirts
- Straight-cut dresses
- U-necks and V-necks
- Distressed-look denim
- Simple, modern footwear
- Organic and natural fabrics
I am getting considerably better at being honest with myself about what I’ll actually wear versus what looks good but just isn’t me. While I love some of the contemporary, oversized, androgynous cuts of designers like Elizabeth Suzann and Everlane, it’s important that I find the right balance between timeless and of-the-moment.
Here’s what I’ll be looking for this spring:
As with all of my shopping lists, I probably won’t purchase all items listed, but I’ll use specific products as a reference point as I shop around. This post contains affiliate links.
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Leah Wise is the founder of StyleWise Blog. She has been writing, speaking, and consulting on sustainable fashion, the fair trade and secondhand supply chain, and digital marketing for over ten years. An Episcopal priest, Leah holds a B.A. in Religion from Florida State University and an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School. When not working, you can find her looking for treasures at the thrift store.