July 21st, 2010

Fashion Diary

I am not a believer in retail therapy but there are times when I crave the thrill of picking up something new. As you have probably gathered about me, I think shopping as an activity is a waste of time. I often tag along with a friend which is great because I buy 90% of my clothes this way. It used to be so simple- when I worked with designers on their shows, I would pre order the pieces I liked from the collection and that was that.

My life now revolves more around the barn and the yacht club than the runway so I have come up with a way to curb the splurge urge. I keep a fashion diary.

I often refer to putting something on my list. In my fashion diary I actually have two lists. The first list is for things I want. Each season I go through the collections and cull out my picks. If I like what is offered I will buy a few pieces, if I don’t, I will buy nothing at all. Since I truly believe in personal style and building a wardrobe of evergreen pieces I think it is important that if you see something that you love and know you will wear forever, you should buy it.

The second list covers things I have bought. When I am in a store and debating whether to buy something or not, I can see on this list everything I have purchased over the past year and realize that I may not necessarily “need” another pair of brown sandals lets say. Also, if I am feeling as if I have nothing new to wear, I pull out my diary and am reminded of all the lovely things I have acquired in the last few months and the urge is (temporarily) curbed!

SHOP

what's new

MARNI

Shoulder bag

NILI LOTAN

Cashmere sweater

RACHEL COMEY

Cotton trousers

GUCCI

Metallic loafer pumps

ALTUZARRA

Pleated dress

VALENTINO

Tan-go patent pumps

THEORY

Silk-crepe top

GUCCI

Marmont loafers

FRED LEIGHTON

Diamond earrings

LOEWE

Puzzle bag

SEE BY CHLOÉ

Velvet top

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  • Wow; I genuinely love this idea.

    I’m definitely a list person, and won’t buy clothes that aren’t on my lists, but the two I carry are “want” and “need.” As in: I want more summer skirts, but I actually need a third office-appropriate sheath dress.

    Over the past year and a half, I’ve been really dedicated to culling/curating my wardrobe, and carrying around a “museum catalog” of sorts sounds incredibly inspiring.

    chrisbeanJuly 22nd, 2010  10:00 AM

     
  • […] for me re. fall clothes is, do I actually need anything? No, not really. Just one look in my fashion diary and I can quickly confirm that I need very little ( grey wool trousers and black […]

    The Simple Wardrobe | Keep It ChicAugust 21st, 2010  9:39 AM

     
  • This website is such an elegant and quietly firm antidote to all the fast fashion noise and blogging out there. I love reading someone with such a distinct (and cultivated) point of view.

    I’m going through your archives and it’s such a pleasure.

    Bonus: you write fantastic heds.

    LizaJuly 11th, 2013  10:45 AM

     

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