let's try this again
I'm terrible at keeping to lists, clearly. I stopped looking for the cardigan when I decided I had too many - this is not to say if the perfect navy DB one appeared I wouldn't snap it up. I fell out of love with the SC bag when I went to the shop and felt nothing special when I carried it around. And I didn't need to want another large-ish bag.
I ended up with four things I didn't predict I would want, but I don't regret them. I think at some point my shopping became less dictated by needs (already met) and I find it hard to define what are the "extras" (coined by Pret a Porter P). Who's to define what a dream item is?
And what's a good number for the things I don't know I'm going to want? I think if I discounted the things I bought last year I could have left behind, there were 10-12 things I bought that I truly felt were good buys I don't regret - amongst them essentials like shoes, a swimsuit, and trousers I actually needed.
10 or less would perhaps be a realistic number to aim for. I'm counting my new leopard shoes and my silk shirt bought in late-December as part of the tally, so that leaves me with eight items for the rest of the year. That's practically something new every month (but I'm not going to push myself to fill any quotas), and I think it's pretty generous.
I've spent the past week weeding out bits and pieces and getting a better idea of what the gaps are: something well-cut for day, made of something a little more structured than the more casual jersey, knit and linen staples I currently own (I think this means I'm leaning towards the A.P.C...). Also, no more dinner-ish, evening things - I have enough beautiful things that don't get enough wear.
Everything else? I'll let nature take its course.