This is the first piece I bought for my new autumn wardrobe…
Because, you know, what my autumn wardrobe really desperately needs is a new poncho. In addition to the five I already have… But I don’t have a navy poncho, so that’s OK. And look, this poncho is reversible! A two-tone poncho!
OK, I probably don’t need it. But I’ve been eyeing it for a long time, and wearing it almost non-stop since I got it.
Besides, I think it’s OK to buy something I want (instead of need ) every once in a while. Or does that make me a frivolous shopaholic? Does indulging my wants mean I have abandoned my principles of conscious consumption?
No, it doesn’t. Sure, I may not need another poncho, but it does give me joy, and I will wear it again and again.
It’s not always easy balancing my wants vs my needs. I know exactly what I need to get: a new winter coat, cool shoes for rainy weather, some tops and bottoms to see me through the cold winter months.
Whether I find what I need is an entirely different matter. Let’s just say that fashion designers and I don’t often see eye to eye when it comes to what is missing in my wardrobe… And, as a result, I really hate shopping. It’s depressing: I never find anything that fits me or flatters me. And the colours in shops… I know what suits me; it’s fashion designers who get it wrong.
So, when I find something I actually like, I usually get it. Whether I need it or not. Because I know I won’t find whatever it is I think I need, anyway. Don’t believe me? I’ve been looking for a new winter coat for 6 years (just for the record: a ‘winter coat’ in this context means something that makes you look like a walking blanket, not one of those pretty wool coats people in warmer countries wear…). There’s always something that isn’t quite right: the style of the coat, or the colour… Am I being too demanding? Not at all. I’m willing to spend quite a lot of money on a good coat and expect it to last for years; at least I should get something I actually like.
But we’re digressing here… I believe I’m doing a good job balancing my needs vs my wants: I seldom find what I need, so I always try to buy what I want…
And this, my friend, is how you can justify outrageously conspicuous consumption without any guilt…
poncho: Marja Kurki / t-shirt: Garcia Jeans (old) / trousers: Ril’s /
bag: Marc Jacobs / sunglasses: Nina Ricci / shoes: Jenny (old)
Do you find it difficult to balance needs vs wants?
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