“What do you think of these shoes?” he asks. I think it’s a trick question, I respond with “in what way?” He continues with, “I love them, they’re super comfortable, but they need some glueing on the heels.” I take a glance, they need more than glueing, they require a complete overhaul, definitely not worth keeping. It sounds harsh, but honestly, at some point, you need to get rid of those favourites, regardless of what you’ve been through together. They owe you nothing. The definition of practical; sensible and realistic in the approach to a situation or problem, OR hanging on to an old pair of shoes for too long! For the most part, my guy is practical, and that’s not to say it’s a bad thing. A lot of us are guilty of tossing out perfectly good items when all that’s required is a little spit and elbow grease. I love that he sees value in something well made and isn’t afraid to repair it, bringing the item back to life.
Shoes complete the outfit period! Nothing worse than seeing someone wearing a great suit or dress with tired old shoes. In comparison, wearing an inexpensive outfit and adding those “blow the bank” shoes will definitely elevate the look. I’m not saying you need to spend thousands of dollars on a new pair of shoes, however, investing in one pair (it’s a start) will not only make you smile when you wear them, but it will also give you the confidence to say “I know what I’m doing”. If they’re comfortable and look great, you’ll wear them more often, making them a worthwhile investment. Once they become your goto pair of shoes, you have to consider the cost per wear, they may be cheaper in the end. Did I mention I am the queen of justification?
“You only have one chance to make a first impression, shouldn’t it be your best version?”
The same rules apply to clothing. I live by the expression “cost per wear”, whether it’s a cool pair of Acne Studios jeans or a pricey Max Mara dress I purchased 22 years ago, I wear them both to death. Done right, classic pieces will never fail you, they are an investment. Spend the most you can afford on a quality item, you will not be disappointed. Don’t get sticker shocked, YES, it will be slightly more expensive, a lot goes into good design, if you love it, you will wear it, over and over. Be smart and shop around, there are deals on past season products, but if you’re shopping the latest looks expect to pay full price.
Miranda Priestly: This “stuff”? Oh… okay. I see. You think this has nothing to do with you.
You go to your closet and you select out, oh I don’t know, that lumpy blue sweater, for instance, because you’re trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But what you don’t know is that that sweater is not just blue, it’s not turquoise, it’s not lapis, it’s actually cerulean.
You’re also blindly unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns. And then I think it was Yves St Laurent, wasn’t it, who showed cerulean military jackets? And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of eight different designers. Then it filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic “casual corner” where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin. However, that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs and so it’s sort of comical how you think that you’ve made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you’re wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room. From a pile of “stuff.”
…Devil Wears Prada
Truth, I would rather have less in my closet than having spent the same amount of money on cheaply made items that will eventually end up in the landfill. Don’t spend a fortune on trendy “of the moment” pieces, thrift and vintage stores are great for those hauls and are gentle on the wallet. I love the challenge of taking classic pieces and mixing them with inexpensive, trendy items, giving you a polished high low look.
“Invest in yourself, you’re a hot comodity too…”
If you haven’t started already, this is a fantastic time to sort through your closets. Be ruthless, are you really going to fit into those jeans, or wear that shirt for a Halloween costume? If you think it’s too good to give away, take it to a consignment shop, get a little cash back and put towards that amazing piece you’ve been eying online. If you have items that you’re not sure of, i.e., too long or needs taking in if it’s in good condition, have it tweaked by a seamstress, you will love it again, I promise.
Whether it’s a favourite pair of shoes or an old skirt that you can’t seem to let go of, ask yourself why? By asking yourself this question it may mean you’re ready to let go. Feel fabulous in what you wear, walk confidently and smile, because you know those shoes look amazing!