A Confused Consumer.
As many of you know, I recently turned the ripe old age of 24. I always thought that by the time I turned 24 I would be comfortable enough and knowledgeable enough to know exactly how to shop for myself. Where to go, what to buy, how to put an outfit together. The basics. But this weekend, as I was getting ready to spend the day in the city with Erik, I was ready to tear apart my entire closet and throw everything in the general direction of Goodwill. Now, I’m hardly dowdy or unsophisticated, so it’s not like I’m a prime candidate for What Not To Wear, and the clothes I purchase are exactly bad… they’re just… not… SOMETHING COOL. Or whatever.
So, I’ve developed a bit of a girl crush on this teen named Jane. Jane Aldridge. You probably haven’t heard of her, but you probably will someday and when you see her on the cover of Vogue or Elle you’ll say I HEARD ABOUT HER FROM ALLISON. Anyway, Jane is this 18-year-old (I thought she was younger but apparently not) girl from Texas who has this super awesome fashion blog called Sea of Shoes. Go read. And drool. The girl is gorgeous (I’d kill her if she didn’t seem so nice) with a fashion designer for a mom and a closet the size of my apartment and a shoe rack that rivals Saks Fifth Avenue. If I could do my life over again, I’d want to be her. I don’t necessary want to be her now because I think wearing five-inch-heels to my desk job in New Jersey would be a bit silly. But what I envy is the fact that at such a young age this girl knows exactly how to put together an outfit that is her and that she loves and that people admire. I don’t necessarily want to go crazy and wear a dress with a gorilla on it, but the girl’s got guts.
So I threw out half my wardrobe instead and now I’m thinking, what do I want to wear. Not what should I NOT wear (I’ve got that covered) but what should I replace it with? I went to Macy’s with Erik on Monday, with $150 in gift cards, and walked around forever and looked at the selection and all I could do was say, “I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO BUY.”
I don’t have a ton of money so I have to do this slowly. I don’t want to go with trendy pieces yet. I’m not ready for trendy. I’m ready for, you know, non-trendy stuff… the normal, basic, stuff-I-should-keep-for-twenty-years kinds of things. What do you consider ESSENTIAL? Not cute bootie boots, not frilly headbands that make look like a wannabe Gossip Girl walk-on, and CERTAINLY NOT LEGGINGS (my thighs don’t do leggings, mmmk?).
I’m feeling inspired by a lot of fashion lookbooks I’ve been reading online and of course, just being on the subway last night in Union Square is enough to make a girl want a whole new wardrobe (the most fashionable people are on the L at Union Square, I swear to you). I have always wanted a wardrobe of things that I’m happy and excited to wear and show off instead of just having just “another blue T-shirt.” But I don’t know where to start.
Any suggestions? My shopping list is waiting to hear from you.