Saturday, June 5, 2010



Earlier Drafts:
I pulled this dress out of the closet on the first day that was warm enough for bare legs.

eyeglasses (Kate Spade)
acrylic necklace (Kohl's)
print sheath dress (H&M)
boring, uncomfortable white wedges (Michael Shannon via DSW)


I'm experiencing a shopping slump.  I keep going to all my favorite stores in search of a few new summer dresses to spice up my warm weather wardrobe, and I keep failing.  Everything costs too much or doesn't fit well enough.  Even when I find something that fits at an affordable price, I just can't get myself excited enough about it to actually take it to the register.  Does this happen to you?

I've identified the following as possible reasons for my shopping slump:
  • I have switched my brain over to "money-saving" mode, so unless something is a steal, it seems too expensive.
  • I already love my own clothes much more than I like anything I'm finding in the stores.
  • I know that if I buy something I like but don't love, I probably won't wear it more than 2 or 3 times this summer.
  • I'm conscious that I might be trying to buy new things just for the sake of buying new things, so I can't decide if I really want to buy anything or not.
  • I've just seen SATC2 and am becoming increasingly afraid that shopping turned the interesting women I met in season 1 into the mindless consumers I just saw in the theater. (There are great conversations about the film going on at Cohabitating Closet and Fashionable Academics, btw.  My blogging buddies are helping me remain confident that loving clothes and thinking critically are not mutually exclusive.)
So I've decided to take a new approach: embrace the fact that I really do like much of what I already have in my closet, but give those items a fresh feel by adding some key accessories.  I really like the way my new-ish turquoise necklace is giving old tops a new look, and this acrylic necklace "goes" with everything.  I love this dress.  I've worn it to weddings, showers, work, and probably other places I'm forgetting.  I like the print, the fit, and I even kind of like the strange pouchy detail on the front.  (It makes a big lunch look like a conscious fashion choice.)  Can you tell it's belted?  Probably not.  The belt is totally disguised by the print, even IRL.  But we know I love a belt.

Since I am trying to focus on why accessories matter, I decided that these shoes are giving me a bad attitude toward my summer wardrobe.  They're not comfortable. They're not interesting.  Because they only have front straps, I feel like I have to use my toes to grip them as I walk.  So, they're on their way out.  I purchased a new pair of summer wedges this week to replace them, and if all goes well, I'll debut those on the blog soon.  I hope to wear them to death this summer as I experiment with remixing all the clothes I already own (but many of which you haven't seen yet)!  I've also ordered some new nail polishes in bright, summer hues that I am hoping will add some much-needed pops of color to my summer attire.

  • What puts you in a shopping slump?  What gets you out of one?
  • What role do accessories play in how you think about the clothes in your wardrobe?
(Post Script: I considered naming this post "Hot and Fresh Out the Kitchen," as in, "This is the remix to Ignition, hot and fresh out the kitchen... it's the freakin weekend baby, I'm about to have me some fun," which pops into my head every time you guys use the term "remix" in your blog posts.  But I've got you all convinced that I'm a thoughtful person (right?) so I can't very well quote the despicable R. Kelly, even though this song reminds me of fond memories of my undergrad days... can I?  Well, in the interest of full disclosure, I just did! : ))


Katie from Interrobangs Anonymous said...

This dress makes your limbs look so willowy - lovely. And I completely agree that sometimes changing the small parts can make you love the big parts more. Hurray for new shoes! I'm going to get out of my fashion slump by making a new necklace with a sterling silver T. rex charm I thrifted this morning. To each his own...

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

this dress is fabulous--amen that it fits you perfectly and the structure is so flattering.

Nate C said...

I'm pretty sure either Kanye or Jay-Z wrote those lyrics, so you're safe.

Also, it is very apparent when you feel totally comfortable with a look. I've never seen this in person, but I bet it makes one guy a little extra proud whenever you wear it.