A great way to stay focused over a season of shopping is to create a shopping list - actually itemizing what you're looking for over the next few months. It narrows your vision when you're out in stores and provides a filter if you tend to stray. You can weigh any possible impulse purchase against your list - if it's not on the list, then it needs some serious consideration, especially if it's using up budgeted $.
Here's the list I created a few weeks back - and in a couple of months, I'll post how I did against my own list!
Camel lace-up boots: I admit it - when it comes to shoes, I'm easily swayed by what's in front of me. I wanted a pair of camel boots last fall - so wearable with jeans, cords and even dress pants - but I didn't get them, so here I try again.
Tweed-y pants: Another item from last year's wish list. I keep talking myself out of these, saying that I don't need really heavy pants - but one pair can't hurt, right?
Graphic crewneck sweater: This is a new one on the list. I like the boldness of these sweaters, as opposed to the fairisle and snowflake patterns that are typical of the season.
Tweed-y sneakers: I've been in a sneaker mood lately - and I love the idea of these for fall.
Casual watch: I've been after a fabric-strapped watch for a few seasons, so I can change out the band and have fun with it - but so far, I haven't found one I've loved.
Black sneakers: These are very different from what I normally wear, but I'm just feeling the urge for a pair like these.
Camel blazer: Generally, I'm looking for a lighter colored blazer, since I realized most of my blazers are dark. Time to lighten things up!
Green and orange: These colors feel very fresh right now. They are typical fall colors, but I'm liking the idea of them together.
Camel Lace-up Boots by H by Hudson, $310 | Tweed Suit Pants by J. Crew, $250 | Cashmere Crewneck Sweater by Marni, $860 | Fabric Sneakers by Paul Smith, $255 | Watch by Timex, $98 | Black Sneakers by Creative Recreation, $100 | Wool Blazer by Hackett, $885