Hello and happy Monday before Thanksgiving! I wanted to pop on here quick to share my Black Friday suggestions with you, but I’ll keep things rather brief because I think we all have a great many things on our to do lists before we all gather (in small quantities) for Thanksgiving.
Before we talk about Black Friday though I want to invite you into a practice I’ve been doing lately that I think is really helpful this time of year.
I actually have my mom to thank for this because I was complaining to her on the phone one day about all the things I perceive to be going wrong in my life right now, and she gently reminded me that I have a lot to be thankful for, and encouraged me to start a thankfulness journal.
Now I’ve started and (quickly) stopped thankfulness journals in the past, but this year I want to really commit to doing one every day. They don’t take much time… literally just writing down one thing every day you’re thankful for, but it’s really been helping me to have a fresh perspective on the wonderful things I do have in my life. It doesn’t change the hard things, but it helps me to deal with them from a place of thankfulness.
So I invite you to do the same. Especially during this season where there is a lot that you will probably feel like you don’t have. This is a very consumer heavy time in our nation, and while I personally don’t think sale shopping is a bad thing (it’s a great way to grab things you’ve been planning for at a discounted price), I also don’t think it’s great to just mindlessly peruse the sale sections adding everything that catches your eye to your cart.
With that said, I wanted to do a Black Friday post for you guys because I’m here to help you find those quality items that will go the long haul right? But instead of sharing a roundup of all the sales this year on my blog, I wanted to kind of leave it at a few suggestions that I think will add to the timelessness of your wardrobe, and then let you in on what I’m eyeing and hoping will go on sale.
Make sense? I’m going to share 3 suggested things for you to include on your own wishlists, and the rest is up to you. If you’re choosing not to shop the sales this Holiday season… great! If you are, hopefully this will help you out:
Black Friday Item #1: A Classic Trench
A classic trench is such a wardrobe staple. I’ve been on the lookout for awhile, and I finally found this one which I reviewed here. It’s such a classic piece, and I’ve already worn it a ton. I love that it goes with just about any color palette you can think of, and even with the most casual pieces underneath it makes an outfit look chic. You really can’t go wrong!
I’m linking a few other options for you to look through as well:
Black Friday Item #2: A Good Pair of Denim
You also really can’t go wrong with a good pair of denim. The pair, like this washed black pair from Everlane, should make you feel good, it should be a pair you want to reach for often, and it should fit seamlessly in with the rest of your wardrobe. When it comes to jeans, I’m more than willing to pay a higher price tag because I literally live in jeans so I know I’ll get my money’s worth, but you can find high quality at lower price points. I’ll link to some styles I really love for you guys, and you can also check out my many denim guides here.
Black Friday Item #3: A Statement Bag
I shared this many photos with you because I wanted to show you just how much use one good bag can get in your wardrobe. It adds such depth to an outfit and pulls the whole look together. And when you get a bag that you love, you’ll carry it often which means you won’t feel the need to buy meh bags because you’ll already have one that you’re excited about carrying. As with denim, I’m happy to pay a higher price tag for bags because when chosen with intention, bags will last the rest of your life. I try to stay away from trendy bag shapes (the bag here is the trendiest bag I own, but because of it’s vintage inspired shape I know I’ll continue to carry it), and rather invest in classic bags I know I’ll carry forever.
I’ll link to a few other bags that I reach for regularly:
And now on to what’s on my current wishlist:
In the spirit of what we discussed above, I have three things on my Black Friday wishlist to have a look at this sale season. I’m sure not everything on my list will go on sale, and I certainly don’t plan to buy it all (I’ll likely select one of these things to purchase), but they are all things I do plan on investing in at some point in the future.
Ever since I shifted the way I approach my closet, I’ve been working on building up the base I actually like for my wardrobe. For the past few years I’ve been building up a wardrobe based on an aesthetic I was trying to fit myself in, but now I feel much more at home in the wardrobe I have built. I feel like I’m in a good place when it comes to my base… I have the foundations in place in other words, so I’m ready to start putting some money into more investment type pieces.
For me, personally, because I try to stay away from trends as much as possible, the whole mindset of investing in basics, but spending less on trends doesn’t really apply. As such, I do my best to find high quality wardrobe basics at lower price points and then put more money into investing in statement pieces (like outerwear, shoes, bags, sweaters, etc.). I know that’s the opposite of what some people will tell you to do, but I’ve found that wardrobe basics wear out quickly no matter what the price tag is. I’ve had very high end basics, and very low end basics and they all wear out at almost the exact same pace.
On the other hand, a higher end coat, bag, pair of shoes, etc. is almost always made with superior quality to lower end options. So I know that when I spend my money on those types of pieces, I will literally be wearing those items for the rest of my life (and then hopefully my daughters will get use out of them).
Does that make sense?
So I’m currently looking at next investing in one bag, a pair of shoes, and a pair of jeans. I have a lot more on my wishlist, but these are the three pieces that are up next. Those pieces are:
They are all classic silhouettes, fill a hole in my wardrobe, and fit seamlessly into my current wardrobe.
So there you have it! Those are the things I’ll be taking a closer look at this coming week.
I hope you found this very chatty (so much for keeping it brief!) post helpful, and that it encouraged you to slow down a bit this Holiday season. I’m excited to invest in some good pieces for my wardrobe, but I’m also not interested in breaking the bank on a bunch of sub par pieces I don’t really love.
What about you? Do you have any pieces you’re planning on investing in during the Black Friday sales? Let me know in the comments below!
Until next time,