If you remember my post where I talked a little about all of my new/barely worn clothing that have met their fate in Rubbermaid tubs, you’ll know that I’m learning from my mistakes and making more of a conscious effort to change my mentality when it comes to shopping as a whole.
I used to believe that “more” meant “better” and unfortunately, that type of thinking led to a lot of money wasted and closets full of unworn items that I’m still trying to sort my way through. My 24-year-old self would love to come out of a store with 10 sale items for $100 rather than one great piece for $100 but 29.75-year-old Michele knows better #lifelessons. Now, I’m not saying that there is anything wrong with getting a good deal or a more exhilarating feeling than finding a pair of shoes for like, 75% off, but I found myself often swayed by the price on the tag rather than my love or need for the item. I have since changed my mindset to “quality over quantity” for just about everything in life (maybe it’s all of the wisdom I’m gaining now that my 30th is rapidly approaching) and I’ve been on a quest to invest in my wardrobe and make smarter choices when it comes to what I purchase.
The weekend before last, I woke up with more energy than usual (insert at least six salsa-dancer emoji’s) and felt up to making the three-minute trek to the mall for a quick trip (the perks of having 200 retailers as your neighbors). My justification- I had a Banana Republic gift card to spend (my mom always said that money burns a hole in my pocket and apparently she was right) and I could most definitely use the exercise. At my last appointment, my doctor told me I needed to push myself a little more (after all, he does know best). Given that my hubby could
chaperone accompany me should I have a minor health crisis, I figured what better motivation to get out than a little retail therapy? (Thank you, Dr. W!)
Upon entry to the store and because old habits die hard, I immediately b-lined to the sale rack like a moth to a flame and quickly started slinging pieces over my arm. Partly because Eddie was glaring at me/I was trying to hurry before the pre-syncope symptoms set in/my arm was already tired (remind me to add bicep curls to my to-do list), I took a step back and reminded myself of my new mentality. I put down the
flared jeans, floral skirt, 40% off wool coat, ruffled sweater, gold phone case sale pieces and searched for something else, something to fill in a hole in my wardrobe. I saw this trench coat on the mannequin and didn’t need to look any further! I didn’t have a tan trench, my raincoat was missing a button or three, and it fit like a glove. Before I could change my mind and snatch up my abandoned sale finds, I headed to the register and completed my purchase.
I believe that functional fashion is key. A trench of any kind is such a staple piece for spring time (April showers bring May flowers) and while we’re on the topic of staples, two words…white sneakers. Get yourself a pair and never look back. I’ve been alternating wearing these and these with everythinggg lately due to how comfortable and cute they are and I actually love the way they look with a dress. I never thought I’d be a sneaker and dress type of gal but I’m proof that sometimes you need to take a risk in order to grow your sense of style! I channeled my inner Carmen Sandiego by adding this hat (another recent style “risk”) and voila– a simple, functional, comfortable, and stylish outfit that I’ll get plenty of use out of. Lesson of the day? More is definitely not always better (unless we’re talking about fro-yo toppings because in that case…gimme. them. all.)