they came home with me - the year so far
- Red cotton jeans from M&S
- Camel leather lace-ups from Dieppa Restrepo
- Glasses from Tom Ford
- Navy and off-white cotton gingham blouse from Muji
- Grey cotton-linen dress from A.P.C.
- Chambray boyfriend shorts from Esprit
- Palm leaf hat from Crazy Crow Trading Post
It's sale season, which always makes me perk up a bit. Almost everything ends up in a sale these days and if you have a strong sense of what you like and don't like, you're likely to be able to zoom in on the perfect item for you season after season. I have nothing against paying full-price for things, but why not economise when you can?
That said, I have not actively shopped the sales this year, and only made one proper shopping excursion: an A.P.C. clearance sale in early June.
I wasn't so keen on going to the sale, given the feelings I expressed about the brand here. If not for a friend who wanted to go, I might have missed it altogether. But it was a different story when I got there, and saw a dress. Vanity won - it's one of those deceptively simple, well-made dresses I can't resist. I'm still embarrassed that the frivolous side of me beat out the side that wants to be principled.
I'm even more embarrassed about my Esprit shorts - the brand has a murky manufacturing record - but I wanted a pair of affordable, nice-looking shorts that covered my thighs for my trip to Turkey and they were the best option.
I'm writing about this not to make excuses for my choices, but to confront a personal weakness - when it comes to shopping, I often choose the aesthetically appealing and convenient way out. It is also often, for me, the realistic option. For example, I sometimes find more "ethical" options online, but can't bring myself to pay for the shipping which can cost more than the item itself.
My goal has long been to shop less, whether it's fast fashion or the most artisanal, luxurious things money can buy, and buy with the intention of using things for a long time. To that end, I think I am reasonably successful - there are very few things I've bought that are white elephants and I am still wearing things from places like H&M I bought 8, 9 years ago. I suppose that is one way I make my peace with the odd dodgy chain store buy.
Oh, and that much longed-for hat, which I was so looking forward to wear on my trip to Turkey? It is unlikely to arrive in time for my trip. Karma for my flaky behaviour, I reckon.
By the way, how's everyone coping with the demise of Google Reader. I find Feedly to be a great replacement.