I’ve been having a lot of thoughts lately on where I stand and where I’m headed when it comes to shopping and my closet as the new season approaches and I thought I’d blab on here about it so I can get it off my mind. Read on, if you dare.
I’ve always considered myself pretty trendy, and therefore a true lover of fast fashion. I was pretty certain that as I got older this would change. I was sure at some point (an all elusive magical age) I would crave more classic pieces and start investing in better quality. To some degree, this has been true, but in other ways, not. And I’m kind of surprised. I guess I’ve come to the conclusion my particular take is "not all quality, much less quantity."
Some things that are tried & true for me and some things I need to improve on below:
Wear Shit Out
As I walk to work in the mornings lately, I’ve noticed that everything is kind of in. Bold colors, Peplum, Leopard, Sandals of all kind, Military inspired, Boyfriend, Slouchy, Classic, Oversized. You name it, I see it. And it looks great! (when it’s not all worn together.) So, instead of doing my usual cleaning of the closet and tossing things I don’t think I’ll wear, I’m working on finding ways to wear that shit out. Seriously, if it still has it’s shape, no stains, tears, or pulls, then I find a way to wear it. Shopping the closet? Yeah, I think that’s it. Only, I’m trying to do it every day and not just when we’re going somewhere. I’ve realized that I spend good money* on clothes year in and year out and if it can still be warn, it should. When it’s past it’s prime - throw it out and DO NOT replace it. I’d really like to have less items in my closet and more things that I love and wear often.
Better Quality is Better, Sometimes
You may totally disagree with the items I’ve listed below and that’s totally cool, (totally) but I’ve found buying better quality of these particular items holds so true for me. These are always my splurges.
A Mixed Bag
When it comes to shoes, jewelry, sweaters, and denim, it seems the price just does not matter. Whether they cost me $30 or $300, they stay in my closet the same amount of time. I definitely buy these items more sparingly as the years go on.
More Basics, Please
Simple white tees go with EVERYTHING and are generally inexpensive, yet I only own one. Button downs? Only have a couple. Black jeans - I don’t even own a pair! Definitely working on adding more basics to my wardrobe. One thing I have not done well over the years at all.
End of Season Needs
At the end of last spring, I found a nice, striped, sweatshirt from Gap for only $6 and just last week, I realized I only have a few short sleeved shirts for work, so I bought a cute lace shirt in navy from Target for only $9. Shopping at the beginning of a season is SO MUCH FREAKING FUN but if you wait until the end, you can get some pretty sweet deals.
Ugh, this one is tough for me. I basically want to purchase all the colors of the rainbow when I find something I like and I’m trying really hard not to do that as much anymore. Age playing a part? Probs. But navy, black, white, and gray, get much more use in the long run over mint green so wiser choices need to be made. Adulting.
Still with me? Agree or disagree?
* good money - hard earned, time away from home, doing stuff i’d rather not do, money. anything over $1
This is fucking hilarious.
I love to hate Anthropologie furniture. In particular, the way they stage it for their website. There’s this gross fantasy they’ve created of an art student who can afford to spend thousands of dollars on a paint-splattered flea market find. It’s like all their customers are aspiring to be Charlotte in Tiny Furniture (a loft-dwelling trust fund dilettante).
They’ve gone off the deep end with the juxtaposition. You know those fashion editorials every fall where models lasagned in Prada swing around street signs in Red Hook? It’s like that, but on acid. The settings are more deteriorated and the designs are more design-y. It’s like shopping from deep within Fuck Your Noguchi Coffee Table.
If you choose to purchase a piece of Anthropologie furniture, it will only really look right in one of three settings:
1. An alternative gallery space six weeks from opening
2. An urban cabin with faulty electrical wiring
3. A crumbling Southern plantation (soon to be deemed “the new loft” by the NYTimes)
Let’s take a stroll through the Anthropologie furniture section together. What’s for sale today?
The louis vuitton neverfull, which the whole entire population of NYC is currently carrying, *starts* at $1200?
I sold my last car for less than that…
To pile on to this… I think having designer logos all over you bag these days just looks tacky. Sure, I think LV is a classy brand and they have nice things, but honestly there are some quality bags out there without logos splashed all over it. Give me a nice leather bag and I’m happy.
The LV bags go up in price each year but this post made me check the website because I was SURE the neverfull was around $700. I had wanted an LV badly a few years ago and looked at them often and specifically remember them being around that amount. Looks like they added that extra keychain/wallet thing to the outside and doubled the price?! That’s insane. It looks like they also upped the price on the speedy by about $300.