Hi there! If you are still here, I hope you are doing well. And if any new people find this long abandoned blog, welcome. It’s been a while, right? My last blog post dates back to February 16. Who knew what was about to happen back then… While it feels a bit strange to be focussing on the more superficial things in life right now, at the moment it also feels as a welcome distraction.

I have been working from home since March 6 and apart from a trip to the lovely Harz area in Germany (which was allowed in the Summer) I haven’t been out much. I started a small webshop in houseplants on Etsy which has been keeping me busy on my days off. But for the most part, I have been at home trying to follow the restrictions placed upon us. Needless to say, there hasn’t been any need to dress up. I’ve been spending most of my days in jeans or sweatpants and a sweater/hoodie for the simple reason of not wanting to get my pretty clothes covered in cat hair.

Of course I did find some time to do some internet shopping and I found this awesome online shop where they custom lapel pins based on your chosen design, and made a little list of my purchases of 2020, as I do every year. I haven’t been planning much, like I used to do back in the day when I followed the 5 piece French wardrobe method of shopping. But I’ve gotten used to the idea of purchasing less and investing in better quality and no longer scroll through endless pages of products without purpose.

Wardrobe overview: purchases of 2020

First of all, I purchased a lovely camel cashmere sweater from Mango. I don’t have much experience with their cashmere but I really liked the polo neck so I decided to take a chance. I especially like how they styled it with the white shirt and gold jewellery (which I never wear but whatever). The Isabel Marant Charly blazer is my latest purchase. I’ve had my eyes on it for quite a while and it was finally on sale. It runs slightly big as I suspected so I can get away with a size smaller than usual – which was the only size left.

Wardrobe overview: purchases of 2020

These two purchases are probably a little out of the ordinary for me but I feel strangely attracted to that neon-ish yellow colour. Both are from Filippa K, a Swedish sustainable clothing brand for those of you that didn’t know already. To be honest, I still don’t really know how the wear that thin knitted sweater. Just a bra would be a bit too much and most tanktops didn’t look right. So I’m still looking for a good solution although I think something white, as pictured above, would work best.

Wardrobe overview: purchases of 2020

Yes, more Filippa K. I found this suit on sale halfway through summer, if I remember correctly. I call it a suit but I don’t know if it actually is. It matches perfectly though, fabric and colour-wise. I like that it’s a little bit more casual. Although for a moment I did fear somewhat of a resemblance to a certain North Korean dictator haha. But I can make it work. The sheer t-shirt is quite delicate, more than I had initially anticipated but it was too lovely to return.

Wardrobe overview: purchases of 2020

I didn’t expect to do another one of these round ups so I unfortunately didn’t save all of the images throughout the year. But I was able to find most. Like this H&M zebra mock neck sweater that I was on the hunt for, for weeks. It kept selling out and all of a sudden it was back, and on sale! I pair it with a blazer because it’s pretty skin tight and I don’t like it that way unless I’m wearing wider, smart trousers for some reason. The knitted sweater on the right has to be one of the warmest knits that I currently own. The only downside is that it’s pretty much a stain magnet with that off-white colour.

I couldn’t find a picture of the black/green maxi dress but if you have been reading this blog, I don’t wear dresses or skirts very often. So it needs to be really good in order for me to buy something. This one is so easy, it’s like a very long casual belted blouse. I found an old picture here if you want to get an idea. Finally, I bought two sweat suits. A bit much maybe, yeah. But I don’t like wearing my regular clothes around the house as I mentioned above. I spotted my queen Kourtney Kardashian with red lipstick and a bright red sweat suit and was sold immediately.

I kept it fairly low-key with the accessories this year. Somehow, I lost my simple black belt that I’ve had for years so I replaced it with this fancier Filippa K leather croc belt. Let’s hope this will last me at least ten years like the last one. The Heather sunglasses are prescription glasses by Ace & Tate, my favourite brand. They are pretty affordable for prescription glasses and get confused with Céline all the time. Obviously, I don’t mind. I like buying stuff that gets you that expensive chic look without breaking the bank.

I also bought a travel bag (the new 24/7 bag) by Susan Bijl, a Dutch brand. She’s been making these for years and the new colour ways always lure me in. I couldn’t choose between the Burgundy/Greenscreen and Pistachio/Burgundy. But the latter won when I saw them in real life. Lastly, I purchased the Isabel Marant Alsee sneakers on sale (and partly with a gift card from work, thank you very much!). I’m feeling that 80’s/90’s retro vibe and I’m about to retire a pair of reebok retro sneakers anyway. I haven’t received them yet, so we’ll have to see if they’re keepers.


If you made it all the way down here, well done LOL. I hope you enjoyed another yearly roundup of wardrobe purchases. I think I did okay, especially compared to some of the previous years. Most of these items were bought on sale. I rarely feel the need anymore to buy something for full price out of fear that it might sell out. Except for the Mango sweater because that sold out FAST! But even the more expensive websites such as MyTheresa offer occasional discount codes nowadays so I usually just take a chance and wait. That way I was able to buy my Loewe Puzzle bag with 10% off last year. And if you do miss out… there will always be the next blazer, sweater, pair of shoes etc. Let’s be honest haha.

As far as resolutions for next year; I would like to buy even less fast fashion brands such as H&M. I let myself get a bit carried away with corona and the need to make myself more comfortable at home but not wanting to spend a lot of money on it. Or better said, I would like to buy even less overall. This year I already cut down considerably on the shoe purchases so that’s something I’d like to keep up. Here’s a list of every purchase in case this blog post was TL;DR for you.


  • & Other Stories polo sweater
  • Filippa K neon-shirt
  • Filippa K black t-shirt
  • Filippa K suit
  • Filippa K neon sweater
  • H&M red sweat suit
  • H&M soft pink sweat suit
  • Mango cashmere polo sweater
  • H&M green/black dress
  • H&M zebra mock neck sweater
  • Isabel Marant Charly blazer


  • Ace & Tate sunglasses
  • Filippa K leather belt
  • Susan Bijl travel bag
  • Isabel Marant Alsee sneakers

How did you do this year? Did you buy more or less than you previously anticipated? Any favourite purchases that you would like to share?

Don’t you hate it when you’re proud of yourself that you actually managed to cut down on clothing purchases the past 6 months and then the sales hit? Yeah, me too. I bought not one, but two striped tops these past two weeks. Because as we all know, you can never own too many striped shirts or sweaters. So let me tell you about my new two purchases and while I’m at it, which striped tops I think are worth your money.

The Isabel Marant Étoile sweater probably doesn’t qualify as your typical classic striped top but it’s a stripe nevertheless. I figured a hint of colour would do my wardrobe some good. I cleaned my closet a few weeks ago and I had to conclude that white, black and navy blue make up for 99% of my wardrobe. I first spotted it at the Bijenkorf in Amsterdam but after trying it on, I quickly did an internet search and found it for €40 less and free shipping. Easy decision right?

The A.P.C. top turned out a little different than I expected from the pictures but it made me like it even more. It looks black and white but is actually more of a creme colour with navy blue stripes. It’s quite boxy, has a boat neck and the 3/4 sleeves are always a plus in my book. So different enough from my Comme des Garçons shirts to warrant to purchase. D. was a bit sceptical and asked: “Are you sure you like those splits on the sides?” He knows I like my clothes as simple as possible. But yes, I do, on this shirt.

As for brands that I recommend if you are looking for a breton shirt?

  • Comme des Garçons Play. They come in different colours and everyone loves that red little heart on the chest. I’ve gotten so many compliments and both of them still look wonderful. I’ve had one of them for at least 5 years and wear them regularly. I prefer the mens version because it’s not as fitted and a tiny bit longer.
  • Saint James does the striped shirt as no other. T-shirts, long sleeves, knitted sweaters… And I’m also a sucker for heritage brands. They do different styles so there’s something for everyone. I personally prefer the unisex Minquiers Moderne shirt and can also highly recommend the Maree II merino sweater.
  • Another favourite brand is Petit Bateau. The Bayure shirt ticks all the boxes. Not too fitted, slightly boxy and a boat neck.
  • A.P.C. has different striped shirts every season. So it’s pretty hit or miss if you’re as particular as I can be. The one above is currently on sale (also comes in a dress). The new version is up now on the A.P.C. website. I also recommend the striped t-shirts if you’re looking for one.
  • To be honest, I don’t own any striped tops by Uniqlo. But I’m impressed with the overall quality of the brands clothes so I’m 99% sure these shirts will not disappoint. This particular one resembles the fit and colour from that A.P.C. top apart from the longer sleeves.

Upon request, my purchases of 2018. Better late than never I suppose. I’ll keep the introduction short because we know how this works, right? While I’m a little embarrassed by the number of purchases, I feel that this year will be better. We’re halfway through March and I have only purchased three things so far (one of them, my dream bag). If I keep this up and go for a maximum of 1 item per month, I would be very content. I’m still not sure what triggered last year’s shopping sprees. Maybe I felt a bit bored with my wardrobe or maybe it was because I didn’t plan any purchases in advance and just went with it. Even though I keep a list throughout the year on my phone, I never took the time to reflect on it. Anyway, here goes…

Zara sandals, Vagabond Saide sandals, G.H. Bass Weejun loafers

Purchases January until June

Ah yes, shoes! If I’m not buying coats, I’m buying shoes, apparently. The year started with a pair of Aeyde Neil boots (discount). A modern take on the Chelsea boot with a square nose. These were a replacement for my Massimo Dutti boots. I absolutely love them and just brought them to the cobbler for new heels. The G.H. Bass Weejun loafers were also a replacement. One of my old loafers had an actual hole in the sole.

The other pairs were not a necessity but just something that I really liked such as the electric blue Vagabond sandals (sale). I have gotten so many compliments on those and they’re extremely comfortable. What’s next… two pairs of leather flat sandals. The first pair, pictured on the left is from Zara. They reminded me of the YSL slides for a fraction of the price. The other pair is from H&M. Very simple and clean with delicate leather straps.

Finally, I ordered a pair of Repetto ballet flats. Such a classic purchase and also, on sale. At first I was a little hesitant because of the toe cleavage but I enjoyed wearing them. Unfortunately our train station has the most awful paving tiles and it damages all the noses of your shoes so I only wore them to work twice. As of last week the bus now stops at a different location so that’s a relief.

MANGO blouse, H&M Trend t-shirt, Ganni Roseburg blouse

Not pictured but a fun addition; my Whitney Houston t-shirt from Topshop. I had to have it. It’s BrWhitney bitch! The Mango linen blouse on the left is really nice although it obviously needs some serious ironing every time you wash it. The light yellow t-shirt is from H&M. I really liked the look with white trousers. Just a subtle pop of color. The blouse from Ganni was a bit risky I suppose, as I don’t wear prints very often. But combined with my flared jeans it’s a totally different look from my usual uniform.

H&M Trend tanktop, Uniqlo U tee, Saint James Maree II R sweater

I threw a bunch of old white t-shirts out before summer. The replacements include a simple white tanktop, a white linen Isabel Marant t-shirt (sale) and two Uniqlo t-shirts (discount). I highly recommend those Uniqlo tees. They’re thick and the fit is lovely. A finally a classic Saint-James striped knitted sweater made of 100% wool.

Topshop wide crop jeans, H&M jeans, Topshop Jamie flared jeans

On to the jeans/trousers department. As I mentioned in this post, I was excited to discover the wide legged jeans trend for summer. I’m over skinny jeans and currently prefer either a straight or wide pair of jeans. I especially like the pair on the left, from Topshop. The white jeans can be a bit tricky of course but I like it paired with my A.P.C. striped t-shirt from last year and loafers.

While I would rather buy jeans with a little less stretch material, I do tend to go for Topshop jeans when I’m looking for something specific like those flared jeans. I’m only 1.65m and you can’t tailor a pair of jeans like that. It changes the whole silhouette and will look out of proportion. These are a perfect fit in a length 30 though.

Are you still with me? I totally understand if this post is testing your patience LOL. But alas, it is what it is. I can’t make it any shorter. Anyway, I went to visit Vicky in Antwerp and we did some shopping. I ended up with a bikini (sale). The high waisted bottoms are a big thumbs up. A crushed velvet blazer (sale) and a pair of chinos (sale). I think that was the most shopping I did all at once since years.

And to end these 6 months, I bought not one but two dresses. The first one was a white midi button dress by Zara. I have to confess, it’s still hanging in my closet with the tags attached. When does one wear a white dress? As pretty as it seems, it’s not very functional. If I don’t wear it this summer, I’ll sell it. The other button dress by New Look was very much a succes.

All three blazers by &Other Stories

Purchases July to December

The last 6 months were somewhat better in terms of shopping. &Other Stories is my favorite store for blazers and I picked up 4 blazers with a discount. I don’t know, I find them so useful because they easily make every outfit work appropriate, they can be worn as jackets when it’s a little less cold and they’re excellent for layering. I paired these blazers with a wool black turtleneck.

Filippa K Pointelle sweater, Dr. Martens 1460, Adidas Falcon sneakers

And for my final purchases of 2018… The Filippa K Pointelle sweater (sale) I had my eye on it for a while but I didn’t want to pay full price for it. So I was happy when I found it on sale. The Dr. Martens were a nice addition when temperatures dropped and it was snowing. I talked about these for over a year and took the plunge on Black Friday. You know how everyone always tells you these are indestructible? Not if I’m wearing them. I managed to damage the nose on a piece of metal on the first wear. Shit happens, I guess.

Shopping conclusions

That makes a total of 28 purchases. I got rid of some old pieces of clothing that were worn out. Mostly tops. Those get a lot of wear year round. Regarding replacement buys, I’m very happy with every single one of them although some are slightly different from the item that I discarded. I no longer believe that there is such a thing as ‘the perfect garment’ that you will wear forever or that clothes and accessories are ‘investments’ unless you’re buying a Birkin bag. While I might think the G.H. Bass loafers are the best out there, I might think very differently years from now when I need a new pair.

As Vivienne Westwood said: “Buy less, choose well, make it last.” I fully agree but don’t expect them to last forever. Just be mindful of your purchases and buy things that will compliment your existing wardrobe and make you excited to get dressed in the morning. Love them until they no longer look presentable and replace them with something just as nice or even nicer. It’s a never ending process and you’re allowed to enjoy it.

So what’s the plan for 2019? Personally, I’m not big on shopping bans. I don’t see that working for me to be honest. That would be too much of a restriction. Like I said at the beginning of this post, I would be content if I bought a maximum of 12 items this year. So I’m back to a short list of things that I’m currently interested in. But I’ll get back to you on that some other time!

A classic: the breton shirt

Will we ever get enough of the breton shirt? I sincerely doubt it as it has been a classic for decades. Think, Picasso, Audrey Hepburn etc. I admit, I took me a while to finally appreciate this timeless piece. My first striped top was a cheap black/white shirt years ago. It didn’t get the wear it deserved. Mostly because my closet was filled to the brim and also because it looked awful after just a few washes. Quality brands such as Saint James and Petit Bateau were still unknown to me.

After that, I decided to save up for a Comme des Garçons shirt which I bought at Dover Street Market in London. I’m usually not one to go for visible logos but I couldn’t resist that tiny red heart. As of recently, I’m now the owner of two Comme des Garçons shirts, an old H&M blouse and an A.P.C. t-shirt (my latest addition). All striped but still different enough to warrant the purchase. Which brings to mind the question: how many striped shirts is enough?

Do you own any striped tops? What is your favourite brand?