I'm Only Buying 10 Fashion Items This Year, and These Are Them

essential clothing

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@matildadjerf

At the start of the year, I made a pact with myself. I was feeling fed up with the feeling of constantly needing to refresh my wardrobe every few months and keep up with every emerging trend, cool new brand and styling trick I saw. As you can imagine, that pesky habit of setting impossible expectations for myself and my wardrobe is exhausting. I know for a fact that I'm not alone here because after endless conversations with my friends I realized we all felt this same need to have something right this second. So I made a challenge for myself: I'm only buying 10 new fashion items this calendar year while fulfilling my shopping itch with vintage and thrift items—and I'm publishing this story to thousands of WWW readers in the hopes that it will keep me honest.

After carefully considering what I have in my closet and which gaps I'd like to fill, I came up with a preliminary list of the exact 10 items I plan to shop for. As you can imagine, there are a good number of wardrobe staples in the below list, but you'll also see that I included a few more unusual things and one downright "weird" trend, too. I'm hoping that by mapping out my fashion buys for the year, I can build a wardrobe that truly feels like me instead of succumbing to the need to dress like every stylish person I see on Instagram. With that, keep scrolling to discover my essential clothing list and shop the exact versions of each item I'm eyeing.

1. High-Rise, Wide-Leg Jeans

How I plan to wear them:
essential clothing: wide-leg jeans

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@shhtephs

2. A Classic (But Cool) Trench Coat

How I plan to wear it:
essential clothing items: trench coat

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@matildadjerf

3. Tailored Bermuda Shorts

How I plan to wear them:

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@rachelnosco

4. An Oversize Button-Down Shirt

How I plan to wear it:
essential clothing: button-down shirt

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@emilisindlev

5. A Boxy Blazer in a Neutral Hue

How I plan to wear it:
essential clothing: neutral blazers

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@mimi.orere

6. A Compliment-Worthy, Wear-Anywhere Dress

How I plan to wear it:

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@champagnemani

7. Easy, Low-Heeled Mules

How I plan to wear them:

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@allypayer

8. An "Unusual" Basic Top

How I plan to wear it:
essential clothing: unusual basic tops

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@karla_deras

9. A Sculptural Shoulder Bag

How I plan to wear it:

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SZYMON BRZÓSKA/THE STYLE STALKER

10. An Activewear Bodysuit

How I plan to wear it:
essential clothing items

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@alyssainthecity
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