There’s an aspect of shopping that is inherently emotional for most of us, no matter how logical we are by nature. There’s the thrill of discovery, and adding new pieces to our closets that bring joy. Don’t we all love that “oh, wow!” moment when we find something that’s not necessarily a need, but too pretty to leave behind? I do.
I call these irresistible pieces the “frosting” in my closet, and try to keep it to a manageable percentage of my shopping. A closet full of “Oh, wow!” would not likely get me properly dressed every day (or maybe it would . . . food for thought). But a lot of my wardrobe needs to consist of versatile pieces, things that mix and match and play well with others. When shopping I try to keep in mind my vision of personal style, and to remember my key style words: casual, feminine, refined hippie, classic-with-a-spark.
When I see something I want to bring home, I ask myself if these statements are true:
“I can’t wait to wear this!”
“I want to share it on my blog.”
“This will look fabulous with . . .”
Emotional shopping certainly has its place – fashion is art as well as covering nakedness – but it doesn’t completely fill the bill. I have to do the logical shopping too – great fitting jeans, layering tees, a well-cut blazer, walking shoes, et al. These pieces are not boring; instead I still enjoy the hunt for the best choices at a reasonable price.
There’s a saying in Twelve-Step programs that rings true for shopping as well: it’s called HALT – don’t shop (make big decisions) when you are Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired. Shopping’s not my drug (let’s not discuss chocolate and Chardonnay at this point) but these are good guidelines. And of course rules are meant to be bent, so I often let my emotions take over, and I buy the feathered sneakers.
How do you divide up your cake and frosting? And what makes you say “Oh Wow”? xo
Here’s some fab pieces that make me say “oh wow!”:
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