Seasonal shopping: for ourselves, not for the rules. I have been envious of women (usually fictional or famous women) in magazine spreads 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 rather inadequate as I contemplate my seasonal shopping plan, which sounds more like this:
- I want that white blazer Sherry is wearing!
- If it ever gets cold here, I can justify a nice gray merino cardigan.
- Hmmmm – holes in all my tights, must replace.
- I want those boots in Suzanne’s shop!
- I’m bored – what’s on sale at Poshmark?
- Thrift store is open!!
Despite the above mental chaos, I don’t have a haphazard wardrobe. I have a beloved, if smallish, collection of skirts and modern, feminine tops. I have good jeans and tees, a couple of pairs of leather boots that I love, and beloved high-top Chucks. A couple of bracelets and necklaces, a classic belt and a few funky versions, and about six 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 read fashion magazines, I am seduced by the “You Need New Clothes for Fall!” meme. I also try to stay on trend, without going crazy. So I will dabble, I am sure with some new fall clothes, because it’s September, and that’s what I do.
I’m looking at a “chore” jacket in organic cotton even though six months ago I was sure I wouldn’t. Style evolves, right? I like this; I’d wear it with slim trousers and booties or sneakers:
I might want to upgrade my two wool sweaters, because that’s all one really needs for warmth in Florida winters, most years. This cashmere sweater (also) from Quince look perfect to me, and the color is rich:
And maybe a fab 60’s/70’s throwback dress, in a Pucci style print (always in style):
“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”–Albert Camus
Note: I choose shopping links because they are representative of what I love. I often look for less-expensive alternatives, on sale, at consignment stores and at thrifts. I do occasionally splurge too!
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, xo
Wear what you love, always. Here are some goodies to browse: