You might remember that the reason I started this blog was to channel my energy usually reserved for extreme shopping into something more creative and well, less expensive! For the past 5 months that has been working really well. I have stopped buying things that I donÔÇÖt need, and have even come to enjoy the art of window shopping.
Erm but well, I caved, I mean I totally caved…
So let me explain!
The Birthday: I blame Chanel. As you know a few posts back I posted my ÔÇÿwish listÔÇÖ which included a pair of winter boots, a scarf, a ring and a brooch. I decided that I did actually need (yeah not just want) a good pair of boots and these Chanel biker boots were perfect, practical and chic what more could you want in a boot? So after nearly, very nearly wavering and succumbing to a pair of the buckled Alexander WangÔÇÖs (I donÔÇÖt need another pair of stiletto heeled ankle boots, but oh yeah I WANT). I saved up to get them on my birthday. But they had sold out (Wahhh so on my ÔÇÿone that got away listÔÇÖ). Then I got the flu.
Sick in bed: I decide that I can just have my old biker boots reheeled and that I should instead buy my winter essentials all in one go, and thus be fully prepared in the wardrobe department. I am thinking how smart I am, as this was a concurring downfall in the past. I would usually go shopping on numerous occasions for bits at a time, and pick up other stuff I didnÔÇÖt really need along the way. So behold, my NEED IT List:
-Black long knit (jumper/ cardigan/ coatigan)
-Short long sleeve crew neck wool / cashmere jumper
-Grey peg trousers ÔÇô high waist
-Leather biker gillet (as in jacket with no sleeves)
-Faux fur hat (Russian style)
– Wool beanie hat
Day of Shopping: Of I set with my list. I actually get everything on my list!! Woo! Yay!?
Erm no actually. Whilst I was very pleased to be finding everything perfectly on my list, ( Zara, M&S, Topshop, Primark, ASOS-back home obv.) it just wasnÔÇÖt exciting. Nice sure and satisfying but more like a sandwich than a cheese cake!
That was until I find a pair of black velvet leggings in Topshop ÔÇô not physically on my list as I had given up on ever finding them, but I had been hunting them for ages. Suddenly I got the ÔÇÿwoooÔÇÖ ÔÇÿyayÔÇÖ feeling and the hunt was on.
That was it! I then decided that I actually really needed this little pair of studded boots IÔÇÖd seen in Zara, where IÔÇÖd got the grey trousers (so perfect I couldnÔÇÖt have designed them better myself). Ok so thatÔÇÖs not really over budget right!
Then having no luck with the crew neck jumper (why is crew neck and long sleeves a holy grail item!!!) I popped in Primark and found the perfect pair of flat suede overknee boots. My beloved pair having been so over worn last year, have succumbed to gravity and wrinkle down, so this is my third pair of these sort of boots. I know I will wear them so much.
Then I kind of think f*** it and go buy a Christopher Kane for Topshop dress, Louis Vuitton scarf, Chanel brooch and Burberry wedge boots. Know what? It felt goooood!
Back home: Now this is the real test. Do I feel guilty? No. Do I regret buying any of it? No. Is there anything that I wonÔÇÖt wear? Nope. Hmmm. Is this why it feels good?
That even though I did not stick to the plan, I still only bought things I actually needed. I still have a pile of stuff from my last shopping spree in the summer sales that I have never worn and regret buying (ebay graveyard for them). But I can now see WHY! Buying something because it is 75% off isnÔÇÖt a bargain if you will never wear it. Buying something because you came out shopping, is not a reason to buy. Buying for the sake of buying is pointless. Snaffling a designer dress at an insane price might make you feel good there and then, but if you never wear it, it is a waste of money!
But buying things that will help you build your wardrobe, or something you will wear everyday is. If you want a trench coat by all means getting a very good designer one at 75% off is a bargain. But buying one full price is still a bargain if you wear it all through autumn for the next couple of years. It is all about ÔÇÿsensible shoppingÔÇÖ not ÔÇÿshopping till droppingÔÇÖ. It is much more fun updating and finding new ways to wear your already beloved clothes than buying heaps more new things. Know what else? Not only do I appreciate my past great buys more, these days I always have something to wear.
I really hate it when loads of celebrities are seen in the same things, so I was delighted to find the only celebs sporting these boots were two of my fav girls Mary-Kate Olsen and Alexa Chung!