Do you ever regret not buying something? I have a list of things that I am sorry I passed on. The Alaia skirt on Elle tops that list (a pair of Lanvin brown T-strap sandals with a block heel are a close second). To make matters worse, my friend owns and looks sensational in the above skirt so I am often reminded of my mistake.
I look at runway pics, go to trunk shows and read fashion magazines. When the magazines first come in I do a quick flip-through for story ideas and trends. But in just a few months they are piled everywhere and I have to carve out time to really read them.
Invariably while going through the back issues I come across things that I wish I had bought. I then scramble to see if I can find the Balmain pea coat or Vuitton bowed pump that I cannot live without usually to no avail. The real question is, why didn’t I identify these items as must-haves when I first saw them? Perhaps my eye needs to adjust to a new shape, color or whatever before I buy. The bottom line is I need to be a better editor.
Like the fashion editors who cull through the shows and know which dress will be “it” and which silhouettes the magazines will cover, I need to identify what I will want earlier and maybe take a few more risks on “new looks”. This summer as I scan Fall runway reports and cruise the stores I am going to try to not miss the must-have pieces that are right for me.