New season, old clothes…
Shops are full of new season clothes and accessories, and fashion magazines tempt us with the latest trends. Every fashionista is busy writing wish lists and test driving the IT piece of the moment. And here I am wearing an old dress and a poncho, both of which have been featured on this blog before…
Well, I like to shop my closet first, before hitting the shops, and keep the wish list as short as possible. There are two reasons for this. First, I have neither the funds nor the closet space to get a whole new wardrobe every time the season (and trends) changes, which is probably the case for most women. And second, when I do hit the shops, I look for classic, quality pieces with longevity.
I suppose I could say that I am careful with money. But that would be a lie. The truth is, I’m perfectly capable of spending a lot of money on clothes (and especially on accessories) without a second thought. But I’m also just as likely to return a €700 coat as a €5 t-shirt if it doesn’t meet my expectations. I think it makes perfect sense: whatever I buy must not only fit my lifestyle but also meet my criteria for quality.
The truth is I’m a terrible snob
There, I said it. Yes, I’m a snob and I refuse to be apologetic about it. Cheap, poor quality clothes make me shudder. I don’t want them anywhere near me. Besides, throw-away fashion is just as bad for the environment as it is for the soul. On the other hand, I find it ridiculous to pay thousands for a dress. And anything that needs to be dry-cleaned… Oh well, let’s just keep that to the minimum. So, obviously some sort of a compromise is in order…
Most of the clothes that I buy are good quality but low-maintenance, classic in style, and in colours that I like irrespective of what the colour of the season is. This means that about 90% of my wardrobe has a very long shelf life. This includes bulky items such as coats, and simple wrap dresses. And bags… Well, bags are for ever, so I try to limit myself to buying a new one once or twice a year. Bags are also my greatest weakness, so I’m not very successful at that…
Anyway, this is my philosophy as far as clothes are concerned: I will happily spend money on whatever I think I will still love in a couple of years’ time. And as far as accessories are concerned, they should last a lifetime and give me joy every time I look at them. And if I stick to these principles, I’m happy to shop my closet first (most of the time, anyway), instead of chasing trends.
The dress has been featured before HERE and HERE (and the same dress in blue HERE), the poncho HERE, and the bag… well, the bag has been featured so many times that I’ve lost count, but this post gives you an idea how much I like it.
poncho: Marja Kurki (old) / dress: Baukjen (old) / bag: Furla (old) /
shoes: Clarks (old) / sunglasses; Michael Kors / necklace: Masriera
How do you feel about shopping your closet first?
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