Style Series: Do you love it enough to hit up the ATM?

Fashion is what most attracts me to shopping, but truth be said in order to go shopping I have to:

1) Be in the right mood- which usually is along the lines of feeling inspired, relaxed, yet not exhausted or plagued by any other mood-deprecating ailment (migraine, extreme hunger, etc)

2) Feel decently about the state of my hair and skin…I mean come on, fitting room mirrors are something retailer marketing teams SERIOUSLY need to remedy. How is it that I thought everything looked nice and tidy at home and all of a sudden I’m seeing hay-like split ends and gray half moons of sallowness under my eyes?

and

3) Not have recently had an epic splurge (which tends to happen 1-2x per year)

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Contrary to how I portray myself, I never online shop (just gaze longingly at Louboutins), the exception is the occasional non-clothing Gilt Groupe purchase or if all nearby Nordstrom locations have sold out of my size in 7 for all Mankind “Gwenevere,” (this is the best skinny jean in the universe fyi- especially if you’re not as gifted in the height department).

In addition, I am preposterously picky in what I purchase which usually means it isn’t uncommon for me to go 2-3 months without buying a single garment. I am quite careful about how I spend my money and always pay in cash for every single fashion purchase I make regardless of price and have reservations about using the ATM too frequently, credit card debt just sounds terribly unappealing to me.

And if I do buy something high end and expensive I have to:

1. Love it. Like love love love it and can’t stop thinking about it and have dreams about it. This was how I felt about my Lanvin red patent swarovski-studded heels…when I saw them in an online lookbook- that is after all why I woke up at 5am to fetch them the moment they were released.

2. Do my research. Is it seasonal and thus will probably go on sale soon? Is it a timeless classic? If it’s a brand such as Louis Vuitton, I will check the American AND the French websites, do the exchange rate math, subtract the duty free refund (best part about having dual citizenship) and figure out which is a better deal. Example: I saved the equivalent of $250 between a Vuitton purse and a pair of Chanel sunglasses just by getting them in Sweden.

3. Quality. Just because it has the Gucci print and a Gucci COA (Certificate of Authenticity), it doesn’t mean it’s any better made than a Burberry at 2/3 of the price. If you’re spending big bucks you might a well do it on something that’s going to last a long time (and have impeccable customer service…on that note Burberry has some of the best customer service I’ve ever experienced).

Now, now let’s get to my most recent expenditures! And get this, the next four items I am about to show cost me a total of under $80…that’s like cheaper than a Prime Rib dinner at El Paseo!

Sheer floral chemise with lace detail; Nordstrom (Anniversary Sale): On sale for $24.90 from $38.00

My lone purchase from the Nordy’s sale so far…what can I say, nothing else impressed me and it’s far too hot to be thinking about coats and boots already

Zara, $19.99

 Zara was and still is having a ginormous sale and of course I lug half the store with me into the fitting room and end up buying the one garment I grabbed not on sale. Still not a bad price; I love the zippered back and the oversized fit. Perfect with a pop of neon or coral!

Salmon-coloured ruffle silk skirt, H&M $24.90

 Considering I wear skirts and dresses around 78% of the time, this caught my eye instantly. I love the colour, the material, and the fact that it hits just above the knee- only complaint is it’s too big in the waist (which is probably why it’s longer worn than on the hanger)

Yellow thin chemise with sheer back, H&M on sale for $10

Once again, this yellow chemise makes a reappearance- I mean I cannot get over that it was ONLY $10!

I’m trying to add a bit more colour into my wardrobe since I gravitate towards neutrals (I have over 30 LBDs)! And as you can see, I admit I do like a lot of high street fashion for regular wear; but mostly Zara, Mango, TopShop, and H&M (and only one section specifically).

What’s your favourite high street brand?

How much money do you tend to spend on clothes each season? Do you buy a lot of things or very few carefully selected articles?

What’s your greatest fashion splurge?

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8 thoughts on “Style Series: Do you love it enough to hit up the ATM?

  1. Nice purchases!!
    I don’t tend to keep track of how much I spend each season…but normally alot of thought goes into what I’m going to buy. Part of that comes from me being picky as well and not wanting to always follow what everyone is getting.

  2. I don’t think I’ve ever splurged on fashion before. Food? Yes. Clothes? No way. Too cheap.
    I haven’t bought a single clothing item in more than a year. Does that say enough about me? lol.

  3. I love the skirt! Why is H & M so awesome?

    And, same – I have to be in just the right mood for shopping 🙂 Which is why it’s so useful that I can drive…and ick, massive debt is super-scary :O

    Last thing: I LOVELOVELOVE high heels of many and most varieties…but cannot walk in them. Advice, please??

  4. I love the skirt! Why is H & M so awesome?

    And, same – I have to be in just the right mood for shopping 🙂 Which is why it’s so useful that I can drive…and ick, massive debt is super-scary :O

    Last thing: I LOVELOVELOVE high heels of many and most varieties…but cannot walk in them. Advice, please??

  5. I LOVE THAT WHITE TOP i need to get it now. but really tho!
    i have no clothes because i always spend it on work out stuff! haha oops:) but its time i need to get some real girl clothes ASAP!

  6. If my hair doesn’t look good I don’t go shopping. I am not a huge shopper actually so all the stars must be aligned for me to get to the mall. I get easily overwhelmed and when I feel ugly, even more so.

    I just bought another pair of Tory Burch flats…I was at Bloomies in NYC and I couldn’t help myself. Must stop buy Tory Burch flats. I must stop!

    1. Are we the same person? Sadly I have this feeling that I must look adequate enough to go shopping- I usually feel like that’s the case when salespeople at Saks/Nordstrom are buzzing over me like no other (as annoying as it is) but at least they see me as a legitimate customer. And about the Tory flats- I’ve got a similar problem

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