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!
The Cardigan balloon-sleeved wool cardigan
Milou roll-neck wool-blend sweater
Erith leather midi skirt
Suede over-the-knee boots
Contrast-trim shearling jacket
Perry patent leather pumps
Nate aviator-style tortoiseshell sunglasses
Fair Isle cashmere and wool-blend vest
Silk-satin midi skirt
Anita cotton-blend velvet top
Cantwell double-breasted cashmere coat