Ya know, I’m really not part of the Hermés hype. I’ve never had the urge to own any of their products. They are obviously classy, but the handbags at least are way out of my price range. But recently I’ve been in the market for vintage scarves. I think they’re typically better made than newer ones and they are obviously more unique. You can see where this is going now… I saw this one on evilbay and had to have it. The colors are amazing and the floral pattern is perfect.
Blazer: Elizabeth & James (similar here & here and pretty lace one here);
Skirt: Ann Taylor (similar here, and adorable tweed one here); Shoes: L.A.M.B. (old),
Bag: Celine; Scarf: Vintage Hermés
I have to say, the quality is pretty darn good. Especially for being 40 years old. I will definitely consider another vintage Hermés scarf when I get the funds. Maybe for my birthday? Oh, by the way, I wouldn’t generally wear my scarf this way, but I decided I should just to show off the amazing hues.
And a little bit closer now. I could stare at this scarf for hours. Love it. Its going to be absolutely perfect for spring and summer. I guess I’ll have to get a different one for fall and winter, right?
We’ve all made our fair share of “whoops” purchases. I think that’s normal. But hopefully by analyzing these purchases I can keep myself from making the same mistakes in the future. One thing to note for me: I dont consider it a bad purchase if I can sell it for the same amount or even slightly less than I bought it for. The price per wear is low if that’s the case. So, lets get started!!
Balenciaga part time in anthracite. I still adore this bag. Even though I dont use it as much as I used to, I still love the color, leather and style. I dont think I could ever get rid of this one. It is such a great contrast to the more structured bags, like Celine.
J. Crew waverly chinos. I hate to admit it, but I wear these at least 2-4 days per week. They’re so comfy and easy to pair with. The colors they come in are great. And maybe the best part is I can buy them and roll them up- no hemming required!! Definitely an essential part of my work wardrobe.
Cashmere cardigans. Another work staple. They take me from summer to winter without problems. I’m a huge fan of layering because the weather and thermostat temps are so unpredictable. I should probably get one in every color. Admittedly, the neutral colors get the most wear.
Michael Kors watch. I’ve worn this every week day since I got it. It gives the right amount of glam while still being very work appropriate. I anticipate I’ll continue wearing it until I get another one to switch off with. I dont know how I ever got by without a watch!!
Nude/ neutral heels. I wear these all the time at work and on my days off. I anticipate that one day I’ll have a large number of neutral colored pumps. Right now I’m loving J. Crew’s Valentina Pumps in the gorgeous rose color. I can wear these all day without problems.
Skirts in general. I just dont like skirts. I dont really know how to wear them, I dont look good in them unless they fit perfectly, and I just dont feel comfortable wearing them. If I want to dress up a bit I can wear a dress. If I want to look professional, I always pick pants suit over skirt suit. So if I know these things about myself, why would I even buy skirts in the first place? Well, because other people seem to enjoy them and look adorable in them. And while its great to be inspired by people, I should still use some sense in determining if I should admire from a distance, or give that look a shot.
Super high heels. I just dont wear them. I love the 3-4″ range for going out, and the 2-3″ range for wearing to work. What good is a super cute pair of 5″ heels if you dont wear them? Its silly. Never again.
Leggings. I luckily only have one pair, but that will be it. I dont feel comfortable in them and my legs are too short and muscular to look good in them. I might try them in the winter with boots and a long sweater, but at that point its almost the same as just wearing thick tights.
Cheap clothes. Think H&M, etc. I find that I wear everything I get from these places one time. Not worth it. On top of that, cheap clothes have an even worse resale value. I basically end up wearing them once and giving them away.
Leather jackets. I’ve yet to come accross any that I love and actually want to wear (and are in my price range). I eventually want one thats thicker and warm, like a Balenciaga. Until I have the funds for one, I think I’ll give up on them. I’ve bought and sold 3 or 4 already.
Too many of an accessory. Like belts. I wanted to belt everything for a while. I still think that belts are good, but seeing as I rarely incorporate them on a regular basis, buying so many of them seems like a waste
This was a great analysis for me. I’ve really been focusing on making lists and only buying things that will get a ton of use. But as we all know, its a challenge. I have my April shopping goals coming up soon, lets see what stays on the list!!
This never happens. I dont believe it. I got this coat for $99 from Yoox.com, which is about 85% off retail. (Yoox is my new go-to site, by the way!!). The coat looked adorable, and size 38It was the only one left, which is about a 2US, or smaller depending on the designer. I went for it. Less than a week later this beauty arrives. I take it out and am struck by the amazing craftsmanship. I put it on… and it fits. Perfectly. Or as perfectly as I can possibly imagine.
I’m honestly still stunned when looking at the pictures of the coat. I really thought that all structured coats would make my shoulders look huge. This one even has shoulder pads, which is super scarier. But somehow, with the proper fit, it actually looks appropriate and slimming. Crazy crazy crazy.
Now, I dont expect this type of thing to happen too often. But just in case I had some luck left, I ordered a few pairs of black pants, hoping to find a good pair. Crossing my fingers!!
Dress: J. Crew (here); Coat: Ana Pires; Shoes: J. Crew (here); Bag: Celine;
Scarf: Vintage; Sunglasses: Web (here for $35)
Is anyone else ridiculously excited when this type of thing happens?