Last week as I was browsing yet another store trying to find those "perfect" items, but found absolutely "nothing". As exaggerated as this may sound I did feel quite hopeless. Not only was there zero spark of excitement, I was shopping with purpose to add a few classic pieces. At frst, I was on a mission to find a cashmere sweater and a silk blouse. Now, I am searching for a camel coat.
When I shop it's with a very particular goal in mind. Finding items can take months and based on wear per cost, I decide whether it is a good idea to splurge or just walk away. Over the past year, I've re-evaluated my shopping habits. Although shopping is on my list of my favorite activities, I don't need to constantly buy new items but rather try making the best of what I already own. Buying something new is no rocket science but creating a classic and practical wardrobe that will serve you in all walks of life... well, now that is a challenge. But one that is definitely worth pursuing.
Nowadays, I am more concerned about being smart with my finances. Looking and feeling wonderful is not something that I am willing to sacrifice. but lately I've become much more financially aware. I want the best that I can afford. I am spending wisely, which means staying away from items just because they are trendy and instead focusing on quality.
I will always crave a little bit of cute and quirky in my life! I do not want to sound like a shopping "Nazi" because I do have occasional impulse buys (thank goodness for return policies) but most of the time these days I try to stay away. I feel great because I am budgeting and because I found items that I really love.
Being young is challenging. Appearance is such a big part of our culture. So it's my hope that by sharing my personal experience honestly and without glamorizing the act of shopping, then maybe I can inspire one girl to look at the world of shopping and splurging realistically and cautiously.
Sometimes having access to a credit card, 24/7 on-line shopping, department stores and of course fashion magazines can overwhelm and create a sense of entitlement. With our culture emphasizing the idea of women being entitled to all things designer and fabulous, we forget that fashion is a luxury and dangerous one. It should be treated in that way, as a luxury and be approached with caution. I will be farther focusing on this issue with a super exciting guest post... I can't wait to share it with you.I am wearing: ♥ Mackage "Leane" Lamb Leather Jacket—from Ssense.com ♥ Club Monaco Italian Cashmere Sweater —from Club Monaco ♥ Burberry Dark Indigo Wash Flare Leg— from Holt Renfrew Last Call ♥ Wilfred wool scarf—from Aritzia ♥ Stella McCartney Sock Booties —a gift ♥ Gustto "Cokera" Purse—from revovleclothing.com ♥ Michael Kors Watch—a gift ♥ Marc by Marc Jacobs Jelly Bracelets—from shopbop.com
As for the outfit, it consists of some of my favorites: my Burberry jeans, a leather jacket, a cashmere sweater, a scarf, booties and a spacious purse. All pieces were purchased with a purpose and are not impulse buys, which will explain as to why I tend to re-wear them often. As for the twist, I am wearing my new Marc by Marc Jacobs jelly bracelets.I simply could not resists the cuteness factor.
What do you think about my approach to shopping? Agree or Disagree?
Wishing Everyone a Beautiful Day!!!