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The irony of today’s post is that there’s a chance of sleet today in Oklahoma City. In the meantime, I’m going to dream of warmer weather and share with you three pieces you need for spring!
The three pieces I want to talk about are the trench coat (obviously), skinny jeans and cat-eye sunglasses. All three pieces are pretty new in my closet, however I’ve been eyeing them for a while. Not only are they just classics in iconic wardrobes everywhere–a trench coat, high-quality denim and thick feline glasses–but they are pieces that the everyday girl, like you and me, can wear.
I think a lot of people look at pieces of clothing and think, “I can’t wear that. I can’t pull it off.” I totally get that, because I used to think like that all the time. I never wore heels because I didn’t like looking like I was trying to dress more sophisticated than my age would allow. Eventually, I had to accept the fact that I am a 23-year-old woman and nobody cares what kind of shoes I wear. Life’s too short. Wear the heels! One thing that helped me get over this irrational fear was to buy pieces that I could get a lot of use out of–pieces that are wardrobe staples.
Adding these pieces in, like a trench coat, that are more sophisticated than you’re used to wearing can be done well if you pair them with other classics. Throwing a trench coat over an easy outfit of a black shirt, jeans and black pumps allows me to dress more sophisticated but in a bite-size way. It looks more effortless, which helps assuage any fears of looking like a try-hard (for lack of a better word).
This spring, I wanted to add in more pieces that are functional. I think it’s the preppy in me that loves the functional part of clothing. My Barbour jacket is probably my favorite piece of clothing I own for this very reason. For me, a trench coat, nice quality denim and sassy sunglasses were ways I could increase the level of sophistication in my closet.
I’ve gotten into the habit of looking at the season to come and figuring out what I can do to build a functioning, sophisticated wardrobe for that season. I love to shop, believe me, but I hate buying something and then not getting use out of it. For the spring, I’ve got a list of things that I would love to add to my closet. The trick is distinguishing what is worth buying and what isn’t.
To keep myself from buying things I shouldn’t, I like to prepare. I am a list-maker in the worst way. However, it comes in handy when trying to make decisions! On the cusp of a new season, or a trip, I make a list of things I want to buy or things I need to replace. I go days and weeks sitting on that list and pondering these items–like a crazy person. Well, I end up saving myself a lot of money by being this crazy.
By preparing and waiting, I can figure out if I really want or need the item, or if it’s just a flash in the pan. Not only does it save money, but it saves me the inconvenience of having to return an item–something I hate doing. I also have time to budget for the item. The hardest part is definitely not blowing your budgeted money on other things. I know I need to stay away from Loft or cut down on lunches out if I want to stay on track. We all have those vices!
By following this plan, I’ve been a lot better at not impulse buying things I end up regretting. I’m now buying less things, just higher quality things. I have to tell you–It’s a lot of fun to plan and budget for new pieces. I guess this is adulting … Buying trench coats and having fun budgeting!
So, what do you think? Could you train yourself to stop buying impulsively in order to cultivate a more sophisticated wardrobe? Let me know your thoughts on my latest Instagram post!
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Holly Hoehner has her bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Oklahoma. She considers herself more of a Russell Westbrook than a Kevin Durant and enjoys learning about and participating in the digital age, blogging about anything that comes to her mind and creating witty Instagram captions. Holly was raised a die-hard Sooner fan in Edmond, OK.