Saturday, September 01, 2012

Why yes, I went shopping....

I'm done through 'til the first of 2013.  The regime for this year is one item per month...

coat - Miu Miu, scarf - Hermes, ballet flats - Thierry Rabotin, jeans - Seven for all Mankind

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  1. Perfect choices! That scarf is gorgeous!!

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  2. Be still my heart! Beautiful!

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  3. Multi-purpose pieces. So, this counts for sept, oct, nov and december? I admire your restraint.
    Karen

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  4. You are so disciplined! Love those jeans!

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  5. Great choices. That coat is just beautiful!

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  6. Been thinking about your shopping spree today, and you made beautiful choices. I covet the coat! Have a lovely weekend.

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  7. I agree with everyone else---superb choices. I can't wait to see how you use these pieces. Please show us.

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  8. so, by my rough count, that's $2500ish? Are you allowing a certain amount per month, or would it really be the same if you had bought the coat from LL Bean?

    I don't mean this to sound catty or penny pinching, I am just curious.

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    1. It would be the same if the coat came from a thrift store - I'm trying to limit the amount of stuff I have in our tiny apartment. For most purchases, I'm trying to follow a "one in, two (or three) out" rule. The ballet flats are going to replace THREE pair of deeply inferior shoes that have never been quite right. The coat replaces TWO coats that were never exactly what I wanted.

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  9. Love these! Can't wait to see them in your combinations.

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  10. Hi Janice,

    Love your choices and admire your wisdom and restraint. I am doing my best to follow your example. You frequently use key words to describe the essence of each capsule wardobe you assemble. What are the ket words you use to guide your own decisions?

    Deb from vancouver

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    1. Keyword here is "Janice". Seriously. I wait for a phenomenon called "whappage" - yes it's a word I made up. It means that something whaps you in the head/heart so completely that you KNOW it's made for you. Coup de coeur, in French, which means kick in the heart, or an overturning of your heart. The whappage factor still fails sometimes, but I'm trying to cultivate my whappage-meter to be more sensitive and help me know myself better...

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    2. So how are you going to keep your whappage-meter turned off until January???:)

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    3. So far, my whappage is too generic!!! Cultivation and restraint will be my watchwords as a retired clothing budget has to stretch. However, it doesn't have to go as far either.

      Deb from Vancouver

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    4. I'll stay out of stores - easy to do. No mail-order catalogs - easy. And I'll remember that just because something is beautiful, that does NOT mean that it has to be in my closet. Remember, I don't own the Eiffel Tower either... And most of all, I'll remember what I really want to be buying, which is experiences in Paris (short term), and our retirement home in Ireland! I remind myself constantly about what's most important...

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    5. Forgive me for suggesting that if storage space is the real issue, maybe scarves don't have to count as a clothing item? But if whappage only happens for you with Hermes, there is, yes, definitely a cash flow issue.

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    6. yes, whappage. a concept i am very familiar with. my mother taught it to me at a young age. if i see something that brings it on, (after deciding that there is a hole in my wardrobe and it meets certain personal criteria) i wait a day to go buy it. if throughout the course of that day i cannot stop thinking about it, or am mentally putting together multiple outfits using it with items already owned, i go back to get it. if, for whatever reason it isn't there anymore, and can't be procured i let it go, as then it was not meant to be mine. something else just as wonderful or even better will eventually come along.

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  11. I have a request: How would you go about accessorizing a solid color tie-neck sweater or blouse? It seems neither a scarf or a necklace would work. I have a rose one that I adore but sometimes feel a little too plain in it. Long dangly earrings aren't my style either, so I am stuck.

    Thanks!

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    1. bracelets. first thing that I thought of. Or a spiffy ring...

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  12. Janice, simply cannot tell you how much you inspire me! Yesterday I began my "closet discipline exercise" (aka cleaning out the closet!) SO freeing!
    Thank you, thank you for all your great information...
    Love your new purchases and cannot wait to see all the fun combinations you can put together with them!!!

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  13. Hi Janice...this is either a completely new topic, or your constant topic, however you want to look at it! In cleaning out my closet I have realized one other big obstacle for me besides sentiment.

    It's this ridiculous issue...how do I know what is dated??

    Sounds dumb, but a)If I was good at fashion I wouldn't be looking for help! and b) really, what makes something look dated vs just not this year's purchase?

    Item one: a black stretch jacket, part of a suit. It is fitted, hip length and zip up. It looks nothing like jackets in stores in the last few years. But a black jacket? How out of style can that be?

    Item two: A short sleeve denim shirt that zips up. Again, fitted and hip length. Quite the style, a very popular item...ten years ago. I never see them now. Cute...but too dated?

    Help!

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    1. Here is a post that may help you (not my blog):

      http://emptyemptor.com/?p=2574

      particularly the paragraph following the photo of Naomi Sims.

      The most interesting part of me in this discussion is that the most "basic" items actually tend to become dated the most quickly, because what distinguishes them is the little details like the cut of the collar of a jacket, the shape of the toe box of a shoe.

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    2. Thanks for sharing this very interesting blog posting and the blog itself--I'm fascinated:)

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  14. Janice--It would be instructive to see the runners-up--the items you considered for your 4 that did not make the cut.

    For Anonymous above--You need a 20-something to advise you. I am lucky to have a critical daughter around. Borrow someone if you don't have your own at hand.

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  15. I would wear all of this look in a heartbeat! It is me! Great pieces to own.

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  17. Janice, could you tell me the name of the scarf? It's beautiful! I have two black-background scarves that are among my favorites. Yours will coordinate with everything in your wardrobe.

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    1. LS-Parures des Maharajas: http://usa.hermes.com/woman/scarves/scarves-90/silk-twill/orange/configurable-product-002703s-28125.html?nuance=10

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    2. Thanks, FS. It bears a passing resemblance to my Parures des Sables, an older design.

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  18. So inspiring - thank you Janice!

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  19. Question about your shopping habits, Janice. This is as someone who is trying very hard to do a deliberate, well-thought-out list... and still ends up succumbing to things she didn't intend to buy. I am trying to learn. :)

    Just a week ago you said your fall shopping list was "Probably four or five [items]: a sweater, a dress, a pair of loafers, a pair of jeans, and... I'm not sure - probably a second sweater." You got the jeans, but nothing else on your list. Was this an impulse spree? (If so, my gosh, I wish my impulses resulted in anything half as beautiful as these items--just gorgeous choices). Or did you decide you wouldn't get as much mileage out of your original list?

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    1. And there was something about a knit dress from LL Bean that you, Janice, had already tried on and were just waiting to buy to put in your suitcase for Paris? :) It's great (for all of us!) that you have this blog to think out your thoughtful, imaginary shopping on--and,certainly, Thoreau was right on target when he opined that "consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds."

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    2. Good question! I bought the ballet flats in place of the loafers - I probably should have said ballet flats all along, because that was really what I had in mind! I'm going to take my black velvet Eileen Fisher dress with me to Paris - it packs better than anything else in the world - therefore I don't really need a dress. A sweater is still on my shopping list, but not 'til after the holidays... And the coat was just plain whappage - no other explanation!

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    3. Thank you for your reply. I love that you still have a plan, but it's flexible. I went to the consignment shop over the weekend to look for sweaters and silk blouses and walked out with two cotton tops, a skirt and a dress. But I don't regret it! It's all practical stuff except maybe for the dress, which was definitely whappage.

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  20. I found you at Tish's site and followed you home. You have exquisite taste and an wonderful eye for fashion and colour. As your new follower, I am looking forward to knowing your blog.

    Helen

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  21. I adore your choices! LOVE that coat and those jeans are perfect!
    Is there a reason you don't link to sales sites or polyvore or something like that? Just curious! Sometimes i would just love to buy something you show!

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