I Went on a 3 Month Shopping Detox—But Now I'm Back, and This Is What I'm Buying

Judith Jones
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As senior fashion market editor here at Who What Wear—I basically shop for a living. Ok, there’s a whole lot more to it than that but day in and day out it’s my priority to search the internet high and low for the absolute best fashion pieces worth buying no matter what your budget—and then share them with you our dear readers. Naturally, this means I tend to shop a lot for myself—saving items and adding them to my cart if I spot something I love (which tends to be often!). In fact, I would buy something new almost every week.

But for the last three months, I’ve taken a little break from my normal shopping habits—and embarked upon somewhat of a wardrobe detox. There were a few reasons that I decided to do this, but it was mostly due to the fact that I finally confronted my overwhelmingly bulging wardrobe only to realize I only wear about 20-30% of the clothes in it—especially since the pandemic hit and WFH life has meant I basically live in a daily rotation of sweatpants and leggings. I felt guilty about owning this much. I had more than enough clothes to keep me sartorially excited throughout the winter months.

After getting my act together and doing a massive closet cleanout—donating clothes to thrift stores, selling some clothes on Poshmark, and keeping only the clothes I love and wear often my mind and wardrobe feel so free!

While I’m not going to be going back to all my old shopping habits I am now ready to shop again—but in a much more thoughtful way—focusing on investment items that are still fashion-forward but I know I'll wear a ton as opposed to impulse buys. So with a new season just around the corner, and with a sense of freedom on the horizon, below I’m sharing a carefully curated edit of items I have on my radar for spring. Take a peek below.

A Cute and Versatile Cardigan

I can't get through spring without a cute and versatile cardigan. Luckily I've made plenty of room in my closet for cardi's that feel fresh and of-the-moment.


& Other Stories Long Fitted Rib Knit Cardigan ($89)

Rachel Comey Vos Top ($295)

& Other Stories Wool Blend Tortoise Button Cardigan ($89)

A Pretty Floral Dress

An easy-to-wear floral dress is a staple in my eyes—something that can easily be dressed up or down and is ideal for every spring and summer occasion.


The Reformation Colleen Dress ($278)

Rixo Larissa Bow-Detailed Floral-Print Crepe Mini Dress ($265)

H&M Large-Collared Dress ($39.99)

A Timeless (Yet Trendy) Handbag

Since I de-cluttered my handbag shelf, I'm focusing on buying a versatile investment bag that will truly last a lifetime yet still feels fashion-forward.


Prada Cleo Brushed Leather Shoulder Bag ($2450)

Staud Scotty Croc-Effect Leather Shoulder Bag ($325)

Who What Wear Selene Faux Leather Shoulder Bag ($70)

A Lightweight Jacket

Goodbye puffers and hello lightweight spring jackets. Trench coats, shackets, and quilted liners are at the top of my wish list.


ASOS Longline Trench Coat in Stone ($83)

Everlane The Cotton Quilted Jacket ($98)

Reformation Jennings Jacket ($148)

Chic Flats & Sandals

This season I'm opting for comfortable flats and sandals that truly go with everything in my closet.


Zara Leather Ballet Flats ($50)

Jacquemus Les Tatanes Lin Leather Platform Flip Flops ($505)

Birkenstock Arizona Shearling Birkenstock Sandals ($150)

Spring-Ready Knits

A unique and charming knit is a must-have spring addition to my wardrobe to make my outfits feel fresh and cool.


Jacquemus Twisted Cardigan ($470)

The Reformation Adriel Tie Back Sweater ($128)

Jacquemus Open-Back Polo Top ($246)

Matching Skirt Sets

I love a matching two-piece. And this season's seriously cool skirt sets are winning my heart.


Zara Pleated Linen Blend Top ($70)

Shop the matching Draped Linen Blend Skirt ($50).

Ciao Lucia Renata Crop Top ($225)

Shop the matching Fontana Tied Mini Skirt ($225).

Christopher Esber Lace-Up Poplin Maxi Skirt ($475)

Shop the matching Lace-Up Polin Top ($475).

Relaxed Pants

Relaxed trousers are a spring trend that not only feels au courant but are extremely versatile too.


Staud Eris Belted Linen Wide-Leg Pants ($275)

Eloquii Wide Leg Jeans ($105)

Rains Pleat-Detailing Straight-Leg Trousers ($122)

Up next, 12 easy ways to style spring's biggest trends right now.

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