Want vs. need… it’s a daily struggle.
My list of 16 spring essentials tiptoes a fine line between want and need. You might be asking, “What makes an item flip to the need column?” Well, true need for starters… but how do you really gauge that!?
Conveniently, I have a 3 step system of shopping checks and balances:
1. Am I replacing an item I have recently donated, consigned or tossed (due to wear + tear)?
2. Is this an item that I can easily wear this season AND beyond? I don’t need to invest in a one-hit-wonder!
3. If this particular item were to be added to my wardrobe, could I create at least 3 different cohesive looks with it using the contents of my closet?
Ok, so clearly not all of my picks are needs… but a girl can dream, right?
In all truth, I have been looking to invest in a neutral designer bag that is nice enough to wear out and about, yet functional enough to fit all of my work needs. This FENDI DOT COM bag is new on the scene and I kind of love it. I’m debating between this style and the CELINE RING BAG.
I try to treat myself to one nice bag a year so I do spend a lot of time researching and evaluating this large purchase before pulling any triggers.
How about those STRIPED PAJAMAS? They easily fall into my need column. A few years ago I purchased a pair of menswear-inspired striped cotton PJ’s and always take them with me whenever I travel. It’s a treat having a “nice” pair of comfortable PJ’s that are an upgrade over my usual old t-shirts and 15 year old flannel bottoms (they’re SO soft!!!).
Have you guys invested in a pair of white sneakers yet? I adore my STAN SMITH… almost too much. Which is why you see another pair on this spring roundup. I’ve worn mine to death — the leather is cracking on the sides — and I think it’s time to find a suitable replacement. The good news is that they’re under $100 and go with everything!
Now, speaking of going with everything… that little GREY SWEATSHIRT does just that. I know, I know… it’s such a boring piece on it’s own, but top a statement making TIE-SLEEVE CANVAS SKIRT with it and add those ANKLE WRAP SUEDE SANDALS and it’s a knockout spring look!
By the way, no, you’re not seeing things… that skirt is ridiculously, obscenely expensive. Sorry, I couldn’t help myself. I adore the unique style but I know for sure that skirt will remain a “want” unless it goes on clearance sale!
What’s on YOUR want vs. need list this season?