When I look in my closets I realize that the last thing I need — operative word, “need” — is another piece of clothing. Then I riffle through my many, many drawers and move on to the purpose built shelves for sweaters and accessories, same thing; I don’t need anything.
OK, I could replace one or two of my wear all-the-time cashmere sweaters and I might just do that because now is the time.
Maybe there is a role of mental seduction involved in the need versus desire equation in the realm of attire. I think it’s rather fascinating. When I see something desirable, I start to imagine in my mind how I would mix it in with what I already own.
As I’ve mentioned on several occasions, the official twice annual — hiver et été — French soldes, or markdowns, are strictly regulated by the government. The winter sales began on January 6 and will end on February 16. (If you plan on traveling to France this summer, you might want to put these dates into your agenda: June 22 until August 2 will be the period of les soldes d’été.)
Now, this is my problem: I would like one of the shawls from Bompard pictured below. Truth be told I would like two. All are 30 percent off for the moment, but I’m hoping, like my French girlfriends, that by waiting — admittedly a gamble — another week I can expect a 50 percent markdown, then I can rationalize (and I’m a master rationalizer) buying two. Maybe.
These étoles, literally stoles, are my favorite size for a scarf with one of my winter coats. I have lots of winter coats and jackets, several in black (no surprise there), a red YSL peacoat, a Klein blue YSL peacoat, a navy blue Calvin Klein peacoat, a grey cashmere reefer that is so old I don’t remember its provnance, a brown Chanel redingote, a navy Chanel redingote, a couple of Lands End puffers, the usual collection of raincoats — black and beige — and two tweed coats, one Bordeau and black, the other various hues of grey.
Please bear in mind my large outerwear collection has been accumulated over decades. It is also proof that I don’t need a new coat. And, trust me, you can extrapolate from this example that this clear excess applies to the rest of my wardrobe.
I was in the fashion business after all. . . I’ve got an explanation for almost everything.
If you would like to peruse the Bompard sale, click here please. Do chime in and tell me which of the étoles you like best.