As we’re coming closer to christmas I have to confess, I am not much of a holiday season person.
Rather than joining into the last minute stress of finding the perfect gift, I prefer to gift throughout the year and to go away for christmas. This is how I just booked a trip to Rome with my mother, I couldn’t be happier about it. Of course it has to do with not having any sort of family obligations, I can totally understand the joy of cozy get togethers with close ones.
This is just a little introduction to explain why in the middle of December I have a different subject on my mind than christmas. My closet. Finally having some free time, I’ve been attempting a serious clean up and also an honest look at how I buy. And damn, while I might have learned to buy better, I am still doing a lot of mistakes !
Like last week when I got into panic mode because I was invited to an event and I didn’t have anything to wear. So I decided. Resulting from that panic of course several online shopping orders in order to find the right blazer which would be perfectly reasonable – except, you don’t really find the perfect blazer on last minute pressure. And more regrettably trying to find a clutch, which resulted in a spontaneous Saint Laurent splurge which I am not convinced about anymore. In fact I would have rather bought a new day bag which I would have used much more and would have been truly excited about.
Hmmm … great Sandra. What did I learn from it ?
Maybe to simply take more time and really consider how every piece I buy actually works with the rest of my wardrobe and my lifestyle.
What also helps right now is cleaning up my wardrobe ! It means going through piece by piece and honestly looking at what I wear and what is just laying around. I will make the exception of what I like to call ‘collection pieces’ like my Céline dress that I cherish like art. But it’s things like my beautiful Chloé knit sweater that I simply don’t wear because it’s too heavy and scratches me, instead I really wear thinner cashmere sweaters to the point that they get holes. It might also be time to part with my Valentino bag …
And then there are surprises. While I’ve become a bit of a label snob I’ve kept this white Zara blazer for over ten years. Hardly worn. It felt a but too eighties but I kept it anyways.
And all of a sudden it feels just right, a perfect piece that could have easily worked for my evening out. This coincided with finding a photo on TommyTon.com ( streetstyle photographer taking inspiration from other streetstyle images … :)) of Malgosia Bela in an oversized white blazer. So chic.
So the second lesson to myself should be to reconsider treasures from my wardrobe. And not only to consider luxury pieces. Which kill my bank account anyways.
Any wardrobe lessons you would like to share ?