This post is a revival of one I wrote almost exactly six years ago (when I was 56, and worried about getting old, heh!) I’ve updated the details, but it’s still true.
I’ve been envious of women (usually fictional or famous women) in magazines and blogs who purchase their seasonal wardrobes all at a swoop. They are quoted saying things like “I divide my annual clothing budget, and spend half on my fall/winter wardrobe, and half on my spring/summer.” I feel inadequate as I contemplate my seasonal shopping plan, which sounds more like this:
I want those boots that Suzanne’s wearing!
If it ever gets cold here, I can justify a nice gray cashmere sweater.
Hmmmm – holes in all my tights, must replace.
I’m bored – what’s on sale at Anthro?
Thrift store is open!!
Despite the mental chaos, I don’t have a haphazard wardrobe. I have a beloved, if smallish, collection of skirts and dresses, and modern, feminine tops. I have good jeans and tees, a couple of pairs of leather boots that I love, and stylish oxfords and booties. Some vintage bracelets and necklaces, a few funky belts, and about a dozen scarves. I have two or three nice-looking handbags at any given time.
So, living in a region with just two seasons — hot (eight months), and pleasantly cool — I don’t need to do a lot of seasonal shopping. But hey, I’m a blogger, I’m seduced by the “You Need New Clothes for Fall!” meme. I also try to stay stylish, without going trend crazy. So I’ll indulge, I’m sure, in some new fall clothes, because it’s September, and like GEICO, that’s what you do.
I am looking at these awesome mules, by Jeffrey Campbell:
I might like a beaded sweater, because they’re so 1950’s, and so feminine. Finding a vintage cardigan would be lovely.
And maybe an updated, embroidered denim jacket, to wear every day:
Do you have a seasonal wardrobe budget? Or are you more random, like me? Do you just shop year-round for what you need/love?
Stay fabulous, and wear what you love every day,
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