My best friend, whom I refer to as Slim, is possibly the best-dressed woman I’ve ever known. What makes this fact even MORE fun is the knowledge that she buys over half of her clothes from ebay or from consignment shops and thrift stores. Her taste is exquisite, and her ability to find a high-quality item in a sea of ordinary is almost supernatural.
She told us a story Saturday about a recent shopping excursion to one of her favorite consignment shops. She was looking for black pants, and found a pair of Jil Sander pants for $50. (easily less than 10% of the original retail price)
But the extraordinary part of her tale: she also saw a sea foam green cabled cashmere sweater, in her size, on sale for $28. Sweaters of this particular brand and fiber retail for over $600, so this was an amazing discount. And a beautiful color. And a timeless style. And she LEFT IT IN THE STORE!
Why? It wasn’t in her plan.
This kind of discipline is really essential to having a well-curated wardrobe. Imagine the chaos (and the financial peril) if you buy EVERYTHING that you see that’s pretty, your size, and a good deal. (Just on Michigan Avenue, in one day, I could bankrupt my household)
It’s easy to think that you should snap up these kinds of bargains, but if it doesn’t contribute to the ongoing refinement of your personal style, and if it DOES contribute to the ongoing cluttering of your closet, is it really such a bargain?