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Revisiting My 2017 Wardrobe Goals Checklist

Hey Guys,

Where has this year gone? I can’t believe that 2020 is right around the corner. Are you ready for it? I know I am!☺

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Over the past few months I’ve been working on a project that I hope will add real value to the blog. I will be sharing more details with you guys in the coming weeks.

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Back in 2017 I created this checklist for myself to use when deciding which pieces to remove from and add to my wardrobe.

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Today I am re-visiting my checklist. I’m going to review it against a few of the pieces that I added to my wardrobe in 2019 to see how I am doing.

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Most Worn Pieces of 2019

This was a very good year as far as sewing goes. Just about every thing that I made and featured here on the blog was worn again with the exception of a couple of dresses and my white two piece outfit.

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Below are my most worn pieces. I especially love these first two dresses. I have worn each one of them on multiple occasions.

McCalls 6886 in Mohair

Meghan Markle Inspired – Vogue 9292

The forest green halter maxi shown below is one of my second-hand purchases. I purchased it new with the tags. I love wearing it because it’s comfortable and super easy to wear.

Reversible Green Halter Maxi from Goodwill

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I wear this comfy fleece lined maxi cardigan duster all the time as a house coat/ robe.

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Butterick 5211 – Fleece Lined Maxi Cardigan

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Least Successful Pieces Of 2019

Not Easy – The blue and white infinity maxi dress was my least successful purchase. While it’s definitely flexible when it comes to styling, it’s not so easy to wear if you like wearing a bra😂. Even though it only missed in this one area, that’s a crucial area for me.

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Essentially this is a full skirt with two long straps that wrap and tie to form the dress bodice. I hated how I felt wearing this. I just didn’t feel confident or secure. For this reason I ended up re donating this piece right after the photo shoot.

Infinity Maxi purchased from Goodwill

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Doesn’t Fit My Personality – The next piece is this animal print midi. Strangely I only like cheetah or leopard print in small doses. Anything more than a pair of heels, a scarf or a clutch purse is overwhelming to me.

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Not flattering – My least successful sewn piece was actually never featured on the blog. It was only placed in my IG feed.

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It’s this unfinished short sleeve raglan coat made up in a gorgeous bright golden yellow boiled wool.

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For me, this piece is a real styling challenge because I realized after trying it on that the fabric and color are the only things that I love about this coat. I don’t really like the style on me, but because I love the fabric and color so much I will figure something out.

WIP

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What about you? Do you have a personal checklist that you use as a guide when making decisions about your wardrobe? If so, what are your requirements?

Drop a line down below👇🏽👇🏽👇🏽

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Wardrobe Goals

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I am in the process of building myself a better wardrobe.

By carefully considering the pieces that I loved the most,  I was able to come up with a personal checklist that makes it easier for me to choose which pieces I woud keep, sew, or purchase in the future.

Over the past couple of months, I have been ruthlessly overhauling my wardrobe. Any clothes, shoes, accessories, fabrics, or patterns that don’t follow my personal checklist no longer have a place in my life.

My Personal Wardrobe Checklist

  • Flexible, Versatile & Practical – can be worn in different settings or seasons.
  • Fashionable – Classic pieces with a modern and/or bold twist
  • Custom fit to my body, my lifestyle & my unique personality
  • Flattering to my body shape
  • Effortless and Easy – Reaching into my closet and always pulling out a winner.

A perfect example of an outfit that encompasses each of these elements is today’s feature outfit.

I love this classic self made half circle midi skirt.I designed especially for my bodyshape. I opted to add facings instead of a waistband because it visually lengthens my short torso.

My fabric choice adds the dramatic and modern touch that I love.

This skirt is so versatile. It’s midi length is wearable in just about any setting.  It can easily and effortlessly go from day to night just by changing out the top,  shoes and accessories.

Here I’ve  paired it with a flirty pair of heeled sandals and a black off the shoulder bodysuit (which is actually a swimsuit that I purchased from Amazon), perfect for date night.

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