Best and Worst Clothing Purchases of 2019

December 23, 2019

Shopping for clothes can be so fun yet so frustrating. I love finding the perfect item to add to my minimalist closet but sometimes things just don’t work out.

Today I’m sharing my best and worst clothing purchases from 2019 along with some of the lessons I learned along the way.

Best Purchases

The Everywhere Bag by Away
Want to hear my gush uncontrollably? Ask me about this carry-on bag. The classic-yet-minimal design is spot on plus special features make it perfect for traveling. Plus, it still looks brand new even though I’ve used it regularly for six months (it doubles as my gym bag). 100% worth the investment!

Central Shirt in Pure White from Madewell
So many people raved about this button-up shirt that I finally bit the bullet and bought it. It’s dressy yet casual, perfect for work and the weekend, and looks good tucked in or let loose. No surprise that I pull this baby out a couple times a week!

Curvy Authentic Stretch High-Rise Skinny Jean from Everlane
These high-waisted jeans are the first pair high-waisted pants that fit in all the right places. The weight of the material is heavy enough to provide structure but still has enough stretch for a little give. I love the dark denim but they also come in a lighter wash and black.

The Amalfi One-Piece Swimsuit from Andie Swim
Dubbed the Little Black Dress of swimwear, the Amalfi one-piece swimsuit is inspired by classic French designs. It provides a lot of coverage but somehow still makes me feel sexy.

Chunky Oversized Hoops Earrings from Madewell
Already a fan of hoop earrings, I bought these chunky silver ones and they quickly became part of the regular rotation. The posts are sterling silver so they don’t irritate sensitive ears. Plus, the chunky shape is on trend and makes me feel like a cool girl.

Nippies Adhesive Pasties
There’s no way I would survive summer without pasties. It’s the best way to go braless! Nippies provide good coverage while also being thin enough at the edges that the practically disappear under clothing (other silicon pasties are thicker so they show easily).

Worst Purchases

Black Dress with Floral Print
Earlier this year a friend threw a Galentine’s Party with a pink theme, which sent me on a rampant search to find something with a little bit of pink to add to my wardrobe. I spent all day frantically looking and finally grabbed this dress at the last minute even though it was too small and in the petite section. The party was a blast but the fit of the dress is uncomfortable so I haven’t worn it since.

Beige Field Jacket from Poshmark
During another frenzied hunt for the perfect beige jacket, I purchased this an Old Navy field jacket via Poshmark. It showed up reeking of smoke and in poor condition. I tried contesting the purchase but the seller was aggressive and it didn’t feel worthwhile to fight over the $20. The experience put a bad taste in my mouth.

Black Leggings from Lou & Grey
While out shopping one weekend, I saw that Lou and Grey was having a sale and picked up some black leggings. They are comfortable and soft to the touch but the fabric is low quality. I’ll keep wearing them but won’t be repurchasing.

Khaki Shorts from Lou & Grey
Just before our trip to Paris, I went on a wild search for a chic pair of shorts to keep me cool during the heatwave. These tailored shorts seemed to fit the bill and looked great off the rack. However, the cuff started to droop after a few wears and the shape changed after the first wash. They’ll likely get decluttered from my wardrobe.

Black Shorts from Madewell
During the same pre-Paris shopping spree, I picked up these black shorts from Madewell. They started pilling after a few wears and faded significantly after one wash. I still wear the shorts around the house but wouldn’t wear them out and definitely won’t repurchase.

Conclusion

Most of my best purchases struck a good balance between being beautiful and functional, which is definitely my sweet spot when it comes to clothing. It’s also telling that jeans and swimwear made the list. These items are notoriously hard items to shop for so finally finding “the one” felt extra good.

On the flip side, taking a look back a the worst purchases reveals a lot about my purchasing habits. It’s probably best to avoid shopping when I’m getting ready for an upcoming trip or event. Better to just shop my own closet and get creative with things I already own.

Sales can be dangerous territory! It’s so much easier to justify a purchase when the price has been slashed, right? I’ll also keep an eye out for fabric quality when shopping at stores like Madewell and Lou & Grey since it can vary greatly depending on the garment.

Hopefully my lessons learned can help you in your own sartorial pursuits. I’ll definitely keep them in mind as I try to be more intentional about my shopping in the new year.

P.S. Describing my minimalist style and an honest review of that carry on bag I love so much