While we just came back from or are still looking forward to our summer vacation, we can’t deny school starts in three weeks. Read what’s on my back to school shopping list this year, the Must-haves, and the Lust-Items.
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In Alaska, summer ends in mid August. At that time, fall is in full swing. Consequently, I have started building my wardrobe for the cold season. This means I have identified already what I need, and my shopping list is prioritized into Must-haves and Maybes right in time for back to school shopping.
Why so early? Well, except when living in the Anchorage area, most Alaskans have to rely on online stores to update their wardrobe. In Fairbanks and Juneau, the two other cities with more than 30000 inhabitants, only special niche stores exist like shops for wedding attire, outdoor and harsh weather clothing. Unfortunately, when these stores have something nice, Alaskans buy it in all colors.
Well there is also Value Village. While one woman’s trash may be another woman’s treasure, you can’t rely on them to update your wardrobe.
Here are the pieces that are currently on my short-list. Note I haven’t run my fashion budgeting tool yet.
- A solid color cashmere sweater (Must-Haves)
- Silver ankle high booties or boots (Must-Have)
- Black and white top because it’s an evergreen and a trend as well as perfect to transition summer pieces to fall.
- Tartan will be big in winter 23/24. Even doubling the plaid. Therefore, a new tartan skirt is on my Lust-list.
- Walking ducks/booties (Must-Have).
- Polka-dots are back. And I need a new fit-and-flare dress (Must-Have).
- Solid pink or red dress (Lust-item)
- Doubling the denim is a Do (again). I am looking for a skirt-blazer combo as a Maybe.
Which are the pieces in these categories that you would buy? Just curious
Black and white classics:
Tatran and polka dots:
Needed for “back to school”:
It’s all about feeling confident in what you wear. I am the kind of gal who thinks that not wearing your investment pieces is like tossing them.
Live first class, before your heirs do it.
However, I am also very down to Earth when it comes to shopping. I would never buy a statement piece when a work horse is needed.
Don’t let your outfit be a random thing. Wear the right look in every situation by looking up what to wear when in How to Dress for Success in Midlife. Buy the book now.
Photos of me: G. Kramm
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