The best part of every new year is that it gives us a few moments to think about and appraise our lives. Even the most blasé among us tends to consider where we are and where we might (or might like) to be going in the months ahead. There is something fresh and promising about new beginnings. They don’t necessarily have to involve resolutions, because we know how that goes. . .
My intention today is not to wax philosophical on how we might be examining our exoteric position in the universe. No, I thought it might be a good time to think about the outside, the inside is waaaay too complicated.
When Halsbrook suggested I write a post about new year resolutions as they apply to our wardrobes, I thought this is just the opportunity to talk with you about something fun, and here is the very best part: Adding something new to our closets is always a treat and even better, Halsbrook is having a major, major sale. Win-win, non?
You’ll see in the sets that I’ve included not only markdown items, but also new pieces from the current collections to wear now, later, and perhaps forever.
By now you know me well and you know I try never to make impulse purchases. (Well, yes, of course I have). A markdown is not a signal for me to buy something just to buy something or to get too experimental when knowing full well that a yellow jacket, no matter what the cut, material or price, will never be worn.
Therefore, I try to apply a formula to my shopping. I consider myself quite lucky when my method can be applied to something irresistible on markdown.
My formula for a new season, as in not on sale, purchases involves the following conversation with myself:
1.) Make sure you don’t already own it. (That may sound crazy, but it’s happened.)
2.) If it is similar — but a different color or fabric — to something you love and wear all-the-time, you’ll probably regret not buying it.
3.) Does it work in a minimum of 10 or even better 20 ways with my uniform?
4.) Since it’s a new season at regular prices, you can probably sleep on the decision. If you dream about it; buy it.
5.) Since you know the cuts that work best for you, stick to what you know.
OK, now on to markdowns. . .
I remind myself that if I like something, chances are I must act quickly. Markdowns have limited sizes and quantities. Here then are my rules for me:
1.) Do a serious scan to see if you find interestingly priced replacement items, i.e. white shirts, silk shells that slip smoothly under jackets and cardigans, a basic cashmere sweater, which means, in my case: navy, camel, grey, and, of course, black.
2.) If you’ve been dreaming about a jacket, like the tuxedo, the embellished version that is like a matador’s jacket, or a velvet spencer, don’t hesitate, please refer to the Tuxedo ensembles.
3.) When they’re on markdown (see above), get back-up black crepe trousers. They are day and night workhorses for me.
4.) Think accessories, accessories, accessories. Now’s the time and, let’s be frank: Is it possible to have too many accessories? I didn’t think so.
5.) Now, applying the general shopping criteria is there something that you may have never considered before, but find too tempting to resist? That could be the Tara Jarmon, bell-sleeve number pictured in the White Now collection.
For our entertainment pleasure, I’ve combined most of my rules into sets because I love doing that and it gives me ideas. You will see there is a mix of price points.
May I suggest if you do not have a black jacket that will take you anywhere — like the ones in the Tuxedo scenario above — including a chi-chi restaurant and maybe even a black-tie affair, do take a look at the three I’ve included. And, yes, if you so desire all can be worn with a pair of jeans. (How about black jeans. . .?)
I’m nothing if not a realist.