May 11th, 2013

Want vs. Need cont.

Isabel Marant

Thank you for the thoughtful comments yesterday. My favorite nugget is from Mia when she refers to “(her) imaginary life trap”, an issue I’ve wrestled with and somewhat curbed. I too have those moments of lusting for an item that just has no purpose in my life, but have learned to take a pass. I don’t have to own everything I love.

The catalyst for these posts was the realization that I shop for and buy dresses, but live in pants, and in the summer, skirts. Yes, a dress is easy, but how many times can I wear it in a week, a month, a season? Granted I can change up the accessories, add tights and a jacket, but the reality is, I don’t run-around in dresses.

So, even though the Marant top is a special and identifiable piece, I will wear it often (‘heavy rotation’) with jeans and skirts. This was a big step for me since I had the dress version of this print on my wish list since the show last fall…


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Collection gold, silver and diamond ring


Eyelet-embellished intarsia merino wool turtleneck sweater


Mid-heel suede knee-high boots


Beirut 18-karat rose gold diamond ring


Camilla one-shoulder textured-organic cotton maxi dress


medium Trunk shoulder bag


Cotton-blend poplin top


Wool sweater


Gold vermeil hoop earrings


Charlotte cotton-gabardine trench coat


Two-tone crepe blouse


Oversized silk-charmeuse shirt

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  • How funny! I just did the exact same math and bought the Marant Alexia top not one of the tempting little dresses. I also decided to get it in black not white to extend its wearability under a blazer in the fall!

    MaggieMay 11th, 2013  8:43 AM

  • Lovely article- I’m so guilty of buying clothes that don’t match my lifestyle needs!! I am getting better though! More posts about key purchases and a ” less is more” approach to each season please!

    LoulouMay 12th, 2013  4:45 AM

  • I couldn’t agree more! All I need are a few outstanding pieces to add to my staples and basics. I am still searching for a perfect spring/summer bag. Any ideas? Currently leaning towards Tod’s D-styling in nude.

    JulieMay 12th, 2013  12:35 PM

  • I love to read about how others edit their closet and what decisions they make. I recently retired from teaching and as I unpacked my spring clothes last month, I began to realize how many of them I would probably never wear again. Much of my wardrobe was purchased for my professional life. I kept some items that I could “casual-ize” by pairing with jeans or shorts, and others that I was just not ready to part with. The thought of schlepping them to a consignment store did not appeal, so I e-mailed several young teachers I had worked with in the last few years, and invited them over for tea and to “shop my closet.” We had a wonderful afternoon; I poured the tea and they tried on outfits and swapped items around. Everyone left with a garment bag of 3 or 4 items. The next day I received several e-mails of thanks and descriptions of which top or skirt they were wearing to work that day. Best closet clear- out I ever did!!!

    SueMay 12th, 2013  2:25 PM

  • Wow Sue, what a great idea. May have to do that some day soon.

    ElizabethMay 12th, 2013  5:14 PM


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