I noticed that fall gear is already starting to take over stores and with it's arrival one can't help but wonder.
"What will I be buying/wearing during the colder and much more dreary half of the year?" might seem a bit of a premature question at the end of July, but experience has taught me that the best things tend to turn up early and I'm pretty confident that this year won't be an exception. Eventhough I can't, or should I say won't, be buying anything until September, creating a wishlist on polyvore has never hurt anyone, at least not to my knowledge.
red/creme striped sweater, dark corduroy skinny pants, black woolen coat, black patent high heel lace up boots, some jewellery, suede ankle boots
I'm still a bit hesitant about the red/creme striped sweater. I have this tendency to buy red coloured clothes and then feel really uncomfortable while wearing them. I don't know why I keep buying/craving all this red but it seems to be for no apparent reason as I don't even like the colour. Yet this sweater is fooling me once again. I should probably stay away from it since I already own 2 red/white striped sweaters, although not nearly as pretty as the one pictured above, so we'll see. Everything else is a definite yes, especially the suede ankle boots I mentioned earlier. They're genius and remind me of a pair of ankle boots I bought when I was 13. They lasted me 5 years and I wore them to death. Suffice it to say, they deserve a worthy successor.
Keeping in mind that I only want to buy a couple of key pieces per season (basics not included) I had to put a lot more thought into these possible future purchases and there is a lot less room for error as I will most probably be spending more on a single piece. I do however believe that purchasing less would require one to have a clear idea of what they want to look like and what works/doesn't work for them. So I hope that the era of gigantic style-moodswings is finally over and that I won't be making yet another 180 before summer ends. Which, frankly, is not completely unimaginable. Hot pink tutu anyone?
But despite these former moodswings, I've always been enamoured by the idea of having a distinct style -I get the feeling everyone is these days- and with it the freedom to buy a lot less and still look decent. So about 2 years ago I decided it would be worth the effort to give it a try. It actually took me quite some time to figure out IF it would work for me, and if so, what this distinct style would have to look like. Especially the latter part involved quite a bit of experimenting (believe me, it wasn't always pretty). It seems to be really working though, I've had a rather clear and steady vision of how I want dress for almost a year now (the longest period of time such a divine insight has ever lasted) and I'm still not sick of it. On top of that I came to the conclusion that I actually really enjoy sticking to a certain way of dressing, even if others don't recognize it as such. And it really does save you money, and a lot of stress in the morning, when you don't have to re-do your entire wardrobe every six weeks, now who would have thought that?!
It is tricky though, and it does require a certain form of self restraint. I can't go out and just buy everything I like anymore and sometimes it can be rather difficult. Especially when you're facing the most wonderful dress/top/skirt, yet you're unable to buy it, simply because it "doesn't work". But personally I have never regretted not buying something and learned to appreciate the things I do buy so much more. I guess you could say that in the end it does pay off. But I suppose you will only feel that way if it's really what you want, otherwise it's pretty easy to get frustrated an throw all your resolutions overboard ;)
So is anyone else already anticipating fall or is it just me? And if so, what's on your wishlist?
Last but not least I want to say thanks for all your incredibly nice comments, they really helped cheering me up!