It’s that time again, the legally mandated six weeks in which the French government allows stores to make their seasonal markdowns, Les Soldes d’Hiver. This year the sales officially debuted at 8 a.m. January 7 and will conclude at closing hours on February 17. (There will be a repeat for Les Soldes d’Ete beginning June 24 through August 4. I thought I would mention those dates in case you would like to plan a vacation around them.)
Today my great friend and supremely talented blogger, Pseu of Une Femme and I decided to have a Transatlantic conversation about what we bought and, in both of our cases I think, what we didn’t buy this year.
To tell you the truth, I wasn’t in the mood. First of all I don’t need anything and second, which is quite uncharacteristic for me, I don’t really want anything. I already own everything I either need or desire. I can’t help wondering whether this makes me boring or if I’m suffering from some sort of fashion overload malaise. I’m slightly disturbed by my attitude.
|Keeping it classic, my new Bompard boyfriend cardigan.|
I see major markdowns as opportunities to fill in my staples, like a navy or black v-neck sweater, for example, but I’m covered in that department. The sales also offer — in theory — the possibility to stock-up on my favorite, simple long-sleeve white t-shirts from Uniqlo, but white t-shirts in my experience are never on sale so that’s out.
|My “replacement” ballerinas in black.|
The other major reason to hit the sales racks is when I’ve seen a gorgeous coat at a breathtakingly exaggerated price which becomes somewhat reasonable with a steep markdown, but no such object of desire presented itself this winter.
However, I did go shopping and I did hand over my credit card. I bought a Bordeaux cashmere boyfriend cardigan from Bompard and a replacement pair of black ballerinas from French Sole. Bordeaux was the season’s big color and it probably won’t be next year, but I don’t care. It will be a nice change up/charge up for all the black, navy and grey in my closet. I feel sort of ho-hum about these purchases while at the same time telling myself I’ll be pleased with them in the months and years ahead.
Lest you think I wasn’t giddy when I saw signs promising 50 and 70 percent off, let me disabuse you of that notion. I did some serious shopping for my girls.
|A cashmere and leather cardigan is a very feminine twist on a motor cycle jacket.|
I found a zip front cashmere and leather cardigan and a gauzy grey wool scarf bordered with navy, grey and Bordeaux stripes for Andrea. (Last year I gave her a grey collarless coat. The scarf will be perfect with it.)
|From Monoprix for Ella.|
Then I went a little berserk for Ella: tops, trousers, a hat/mitten set, a cardigan, a pullover and two utterly charming gauzy wool scarves made specifically for toddlers — think scale. One is a soft brick color with camel coloured ducks frolicking about and the other navy blue with red polka dots.
|Also for Ella from Jacadi.|
Et voila, that’s my story. I admit that shopping for mes filles is lots of fun while for the moment shopping for me seems more like a chore. I’m sure I’ll recover my enthusiasm.