This is the 3rd year that I’ve been doing this fashion or shopping assessment. It’s a perfect way to review my way of consumption and to realize if what I bought in my dressing room was useful/qualitative.
As for the previous times, I list the acquisitions I made this year, either through gifts or purchases. Here we go!
9 NEW ITEMS IN 2022: 5 PURCHASES AND 4 GIFTS
If we compare with 2020 (=8 acquisitions including 3 purchases) and 2021 (=13 acquisitions including 7 purchases), we can say that I remain constant and rather moderate in my consumption of clothes/accessories.
My purchases this year are not the most exciting in terms of style, but they are in the area of usefulness or the satisfaction of a passion. So I’ll start my listing with the gifts I received, from friends and family who know my tastes well, to finish with my more basic purchases.
THE SCARF FROM ATELIER PARTICULIER
Pale pink scarf Atelier Particulier
Gift date: March 2022 (late birthday gift from my friend Lionel)
My daily use : This alpaca wool scarf is soft, warm and of very good quality. I wore it mostly at the end of last spring and will wear it with as much pleasure this winter. The choice of the pale pink color is quite judicious because it allows me to enhance my outfits with a certain sobriety, while matching the chromatic palette of my wardrobe (mainly grey, beige, off-white, khaki).
THE L/UNIFORM CAP
Gift date : January 2022 (for my birthday from my SO)
My daily use : Since I have medium-length hair, the cap is one of my favorite accessories to make my outfits more “Sportswear-chic”. This one is perfect because the tone of colors present (khaki and beige) also harmonizes with the majority of my clothes. I like its “American College” look. Special mention to the 100% French manufacturing in Caussade (Tarn-et-Garonne) and to its composition (linen/cotton) very pleasant in summer.
THE SÉZANE EARRINGS
Earrings “Juan” Sézane
Gift date : January 2022 for my birthday (from my darling = definitely, I was spoiled !)
My daily use : I wore them during the whole year 2022. I’ve been looking for a pair of large/wide hoop earrings for a while and these are perfect. They are gold plated and slightly hammered, which gives them a not quite classic touch. So far, they’re staying nice and gold and not turning black. That said, if you have any tips on how to maintain or recover the gold plating on a piece of jewelry, I’m all ears!
THE “TADAO ANDO” TOTEBAG FROM BOURSE DE COMMERCE
Totebag “Tadao Ando” Bourse de commerce Pinault Collection
Gift date : June 2022 during a private visit of the Bourse de Commerce
My daily use : Unlike a few years ago, I wear my leather bags very occasionally. On a daily basis, I prefer totebags, which are lighter and more all-terrain. I can store much more stuff in them (compartmentalized in pockets) and don’t have to worry about taking care of them… What a joy it was to receive one with a printed sketch of my favorite Japanese architect Tadao Ando on it. It’s a grey color and matches my wardrobe (it’s a nice change from the off-white and black totebag).
THE ISSEY MIYAKE SUNGLASSES
Sunnies EL-2 Round Issey Miyake
Date of purchase : August 2022
Why I bought them : As I’ve already explained in this article, I’ve been looking for years to invest in a pair of quality sunglasses in a fun, sleek and modern style that’s more classic and less massive than my Carlina from Chloé. I came across them during a walk in the Marais, tried them on and adopted them.
My daily use : I wore them mostly during my vacations in September and I’m delighted that they match most of my outfits while remaining light and original. A long term investment (I hope).
THE BASTILLE T-SHIRT
Tee-shirt “Club 57” Bastille
Date of purchase : May 2022
Why I bought it : I had seen a special edition of this teeshirt, sold at a London concert of my favorite band Bastille, and when its general public version was released online a few months later, I couldn’t help but fall for it. You know my love for this band… and going to see them live last November was the impetus for me to adopt this shirt in anticipation of wearing it that night!
My daily use : I don’t regret this purchase, more guided by the heart than by the reason… even if I appreciate the design inspired by Keith Haring (in connection with the song “Club 57” of the band Bastille) and the colors. I only wore it twice so as not to damage it too much but I plan to take it out again when the weather is nice (the touch of red allows me to make coherent dress combinations) or at a future concert of the band.
THE LOTSO TOTEBAG
Totebag Lotso Miniso and an overview of the type of outfit I can wear at Disneyland Paris (+ an attack by Lotsos)
Date of purchase : May 2022
My daily use : This accessory is one of those that I consider useful for going to Disneyland. I don’t wear it at all on a daily basis (although I could, if I were in the mood) because I reserve it to add a little magic to my visits to the park. When I go there, I like to dress up according to a character (I wore this totebag on a Halloween day) so it allows me to bring a bit of fantasy to my outfit while allowing optimal storage of my stuff (unlike the little plush Lotso bag I bought in Japan, with almost purely decorative functions). In short, a purchase I don’t regret either, which won’t be understood/loved by everyone but still useful (sporadically, but useful anyway).
MUJI SEAMLESS PANTIES
Date of purchase : April 2022
Why I bought them : Reason more than heart this time! Simply because almost all my panties gave out on me at the same time and I wanted to stock up on comfortable seamless panties (these are made in Japan). They are not sexy at all (the shape and the color are very basic, however they remain invisible through light clothes) BUT am I known to be a sexy person ? 😉 And then being comfortable in your clothes is also being better in your skin and by extension, it’s sexy, right?
My daily use : I bought low waist “midi” models and “High rise” models (By the way, I only counted these panties in my fashion balance sheet for 1 garment because of the unfunky side of the thing). After several months of use, I would recommend more the midi shape because the high rise is less comfortable (…on the buttocks, go figure!). But apart from that, I am satisfied with their fit and comfort.
Socks “Right angle sneaker socks” MUJI
Date of purchase : April 2022
Why I bought them : Another unglamorous purchase to replace my short socks that I usually wear with sneakers in summer.
My daily use :They have a perfect length (you can hardly see them when I wear them with Converse) AND they don’t slip under the foot when walking (who else has experienced this problem with too short socks?). In short, I totally validate them.
THE AVOIDED PURCHASE
THE REPAIR OF MY NEW BALANCE 420
Sneakers NEW BALANCE 420 (I have from July 2014)
Date of repair : July-August 2022
Reasons of the repair : The back of the sneakers were all torn up after several years of service (they are from 2014), le sole unstuck and the upper was dirty/worn. I was tempted to replace them with a new, more fashionable pair, but my instinct was to get them repaired since the sole was still intact. It cost me almost the price of a new pair (80€).
My daily use : I’m satisfied to have resisted the temptation of the novelty (even for this price) because after this small blow of nine, I think that my sneakers will hold some more years. That’s what we call an avoided purchase via an extension of the life of your shoes and I’m pretty proud of it.
My fashion consumption is still quite frugal, especially if you compare it to my early days as a fashion blogger when I had a lot of stuff. I have everything I need in my wardrobe (I still have rain boots on my radar but I’m taking my time in this quest) and my body type and style remain pretty much the same from year to year so that helps a lot. I might have skipped the fancier purchases (Lotso or Bastille type) but as long as I get pleasure or lasting use out of it, I consider it a successful acquisition.
I am still very excited to put together an outfit with what I own or to admire new clothing combinations in shop windows or on networks but the need to own something new is no longer essential for me. I had given some explanations on this instagram post.
Age, self-awareness, a certain confidence, ecological concern, the slightest desire to be trendy or to position my physical appearance at the forefront help to channel me on purchases.
But as I say every time, this path of reasoned consumption is very personal and depends on multiple social, economic, morphological (weight gain or loss) and mental health factors. The idea is not to feel guilty if you continue to buy 20, 30 or 50 items per year. The idea is to know if these 20, 30, 50 purchases really satisfy you. The goal of this type of annual fashion assessment is to question your desires, your needs, the image you have of yourself in order to be able to approach a more serene consumption and why not more reasoned.
Did you evolve on this level by doing your fashion assessment? (English translation by Quiterie)