June 13th, 2011

Better Editor

Elle in a Alaia denim skirt from a few seasons ago

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.


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  1. i remember that skirt so well. I wanted to buy it until i put it on and it looked horrible on me, it was big everywhere and i was trying on the smallest size. I have no regrets…phew! Looks better on Elle.

    June 13th, 2011  1:10 AM

  2. Not crazy about this skirt… seems fairly common looking. The Vuitton bowed pumps, though, were fantastic and I have my own regrets about those. And I’m also kicking myself over missing the camel and black striped Stella McCartney top.

    June 13th, 2011  6:08 AM

  3. I regret buying several gorgeous Hermès scarves I convinced myself I didn’t need. I also DEEPLY regret having several too vigorous house and closet purges; giving away some wonderful, wonderful things I wish I still had. I could kick myself about a million times over.

    June 13th, 2011  11:39 AM

  4. What “it” things have you found for fall?

    Lisa Eastman
    June 13th, 2011  9:16 PM

  5. I remember those Lanvin sandals with the block heel… and the Stella McCartney camel and black stripe top was an instant like. Trouble is when you see these things in the magazine it’s usually months ahead of when you would actually wear them. I would be so much happier if we could shop closer to the season.
    I actually think people would buy more!

    June 15th, 2011  1:11 PM

  6. I bought a jean jacket with fur cuffs and. Collar with leopard print lining. My friend said to live a little and stop being so safe. But when I wear it I feel mobster wives.

    Coulda shoulda woulda
    January 6th, 2013  11:36 AM


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