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Closet Crisis September Update

Last December I posted about my closet crisis - yes I know my life is full of first world problems. Since there's only one quarter left in the year I think I owe a little update as far as how that is going.
When I first started this project I put together this list of investment pieces, right now I have 5-ish.
1. One great little black dress $250
2. A white wrap shirt $200
3. A camel colored cashmere sweater $100
4. Tan pencil skirt $100
5. Denim skirt $100
6. Sequin skirt $50
7. Solid colored blouses (ideally four but I'd be happy with 3 if needed for my budget) $300
8. Gold wedges $100
9. Black pumps $100
10. Nude Pumps $100
11. Cowboy boots $300
12. Fur stole $300
1. LBD
One great little black dress is harder than it sounds. First off, everyone has their version of a black dress. Also, even in the south a dress that's great for fall / winter isn't so great for spring / summer so I amended that a little bit to find a fall / winter and spring / summer dress. Honestly, I'm still hunting. I got a nice dress for winter / fall that's a nice structured knit material but someone (not to name names but his name starts with an S and ends with haun) put it in the dryer instead of hanging it up so now it's too short for my taste. To make it through this summer I wound up buying a simple black dress from target. One day I will find the perfect black dress but the ones this year have not been it yet.

2. White Wrap Shirt
I really would like to get a custom tailored white wrap shirt. I actually have one and loved it- until it no longer fit. But instead of buying new I decided to see if I could get back into the one I already own. Meanwhile, this blouse from Lane Bryant gives a very similar look. Honestly - it's one of my favorite tops.
3. A camel colored cashmere sweater 
I fully confess I'm being cheap on this one. Neiman Marcus has a perfectly nice one on sale for $132 but I keep wanting to see it under $100, and then anytime they have an extra discount I've gone and spent my money on something else, opps! But seriously, I need to suck it up and make this one happen.
4. Tan pencil skirt
This one has been way harder than I thought it would be to find. Plus right now pencil skirts look terrible on me so I'm going to push this back to 2018.
5. Denim skirt
Finding a denim skirt has been my closet kryptonite. I want one that's not too short, not ripped (I hate the ripped denim look) and not too form fitting - this seems to be impossible to find. I will never give up my hunt so if you see a good one help a girl out and let me know ; )
6. Sequin skirt
Got it and love it. This skirt is from Society+ and when they had a sale in March I was able to get it for my $50 budget. Initially I had wanted it in rose gold but that was sold out - I think this worked out pretty well though because I think it's great in silver.
7. Solid colored blouses
Oh man, when I set this goal I couldn't even imagine the statement blouse trend that was to hit. Sorry but not sorry -  I've been adding fashionable blouses to my closet instead. I mean yes, would I buy a nice quality blouse if it presented itself sure but honestly anything I've tried at the $100ish price point hasn't been any nicer than what I can get at target or lower priced stores.

Who What Wear Lace Blouse $32.99
Who What Wear Floral Blouse $27.99
Forever 21 Off the Shoulder Top $19.99
8. Gold wedges 
Of everything on my list this one is where I regret setting my budget the most. I found the perfect pair - they were $130 and I didn't want to spend that much so I waited, hoping for a sale but instead they sold out.
9. Black pumps
I bought a nice pair for my grandmother's funeral, and then we moved and I'm not sure what box they got put in but they're in my house somewhere. I hope to find them before the year ends.
10. Nude Pumps
When I made this list I also had no idea how big the mule trend would be so while I still think I could use some nice nude pumps I got some nude mules instead. They're in about half of my instagram pics because they're cute and they're versatile. Yes, I own other shoes but you wouldn't know it based on my social media.
11. Cowboy boots
I decided to table this one. Right now my calves are thicker than I would like and this is a big part of a cowboy boot fit - if I'm going to spend $300+ on a pair of shoes I want to make sure to get the right one, this will most likely make my 2018 list.
12. Fur stole
This one was easier and more affordable than I thought - I got this vintage mink stole for $75 at a consignment sale. Now, if only it would ever get cold enough to wear it.
So far I think I'm doing a decent job of sticking to my intentions. The few pieces I won't be buying this year have been replaced with other closet staples - ballet flats and shirt dress (like the one in my pic above showing off the nude mules). I do find myself a little bored having less clothes and wearing each piece more frequently but for some of the things I really love I don't mind at all so this process has really reminded me how important it is to buy what you love not just stuff you're meh on.
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