i was careful with sales – well, lately i have been careful with buying in general. the pleasant fact that many of the looks i adore seem to keep on appearing and reappearing eases the urge to run to the stores. taking my time translates to finds i consider carefully even after i have made the decision to take them home. i very much believe in exploiting to full advantage the right to return unwanted garments because only after trying them on with what you already love, can you really make sure you're not completely going astray.
and astray i have gone, plenty of times. i noted that exposure accelerates whims: while i was sick i had too much time to browse online stores. just yesterday i received the final return acceptance email from a webshop and i believe i should wait for my visa to balance out from the withdrawal-reimbursement hassle. moreover, i feel the ups guy knows me as someone seriously in need of help by now just because he keeps on delivering boxes and returning the next day to pick unwanted stuff up.
my whimsical buying ended up prolific, though. first, let me introduce you to the coat.
my most precious find is a black wool coat from maison martin margiela 1 – my first from his pret-a-porter line. although i am no stranger to p-a-p, i am such a regular girl that predominantly my designer gear is from more affordable secondary lines, such as mm6 and marc by mj, for example. this one feels like a bargain despite still costing more than a few high-streets coats combined.
the coat is from fall 2007, the collection where he first took the accentuated shoulder so over-the-top that the models resembled football players. my coat is the most subtle item in the collection and, thus, very wearable despite the shoulder detail. it is still very structured and the length, just below the knee, together with the tailoring draws the focal point lower than generally considered flattering. i find it interesting and shapely.
it will be a seriously quirky addition to my collection of black coats. not essentially needed, but much appreciated. the material is more suitable for spring or fall, so here's one reason to look forward to warmer weather.
coat by martin margiela 1, shirt by zara men, necklace by my o my, pants by cos, ankle boots by zara. and the pics are hazy because the lighting is crap. just consider them misty memorabilia of happiness...(yeayea, i promise better photos sometime when the sun hits this latitude.)
i have noted a pleasant turn in my shopping philosophy that has crept slowly towards my patterns of action. it took forceful resignation from consumerism; that is, my freelance time wasn't exactly affluent. after regaining my financial means, it took some explicit determination where blogging helped – i would have felt incredibly stupid constantly contradicting myself here although contradiction provides fertile ground for thought.
also browsing style blogs helped, albeit in a rather twisted way: i realized how so many bloggers copy (re)appearing trends from other blogs and magazines ending up as this impersonal mass that just seems troubled in the midst of their "style dilemmas" and their "needs"... talk about some serious eye-openers and a rough mirror to stare into. i may just as well be one of them, but i don't want to appear as though the evaluation of whether i could go for brown instead of black this season is a serious question i suddenly came up with or, worse, buy something just because it is "the thing" to have even if it looks off on me.
what was your ultimate sales find? did you stay true [sic!] to yourself?