I can admit that a lot of times, when I shop, I am drawn to things that are just cool. No particular rhyme or reason for buying a particular item other than I had a visceral reaction to a component of it. I loved the sleeves, the fit, or that it pushed me out of my comfort zone. However, with everyday basics I do try and purchase with purpose. By that I mean that if I see an item on sale that would be a great “base,” I think about what I own that would coordinate with it.
Take this sweater and scarf for example. I’ve had the sweater for years, and when J.Crew came out with the scarf last year, I had instant visions of pairing it with this sweater.
Likewise, nearly 4 years ago when I purchased this bag while studying abroad, I knew that the neutral purple would match with many neutrals I already owned. And lo and behold, thought of this bag when I saw the purple and pastel hues in this scarf. It all comes together.
So while I do love an “interesting” piece, the truth behind it is that my wardrobe is built mainly of basics, purchased with a purpose.