All posts tagged: shopping

My ‘How to shop smarter’ series: I, too, want my purchases to hurt!! But first, I’ve to get better at picking clothes

A few years ago, I felt compelled to move on from fast to luxury fashion simply because it seemed like everyone did. And it also made half sense, you know the gospel. Quality over quantity and yaddah yaddah yeh.. Turns out, however, I was really bad at buying luxury fashion. All my expensive purchases from the time I never wear! So for the last two or so years, I consciously settled for high street and didn’t bother with high end. But lately, I keep thinking about this article. I’ve actually mentioned it on the blog before. It advocates the benefits of a more painful shopping experience: Set yourself the goal to buy only things that are actually too expensive for you, and you’ll a.) think twice about each purchase, and b.) will very likely end up buying less. Considering I’m trying to buy really only things I love now, isn’t this also what I want? So looking into designer fashion again, especially labels that create the kind of unique clothing I like, seemed the right way …

How to shop smarter: Strictly buying only things I love

Quick update: This will be the beginning of, I hope, a more comprehensive series in which I will try to analyze and better my personal shopping habits and behaviour in order to deeply improve my wardrobe. I’ll write about my old and new shopping philosophies, strategies, and just thoughts I have about the process. Hope it helps! I have a set of shopping rules supposed to help me pick better clothes: It must be something that I truly love and feel genuinely amazing wearing It should feel unique and uniquely me, complementing what I already have Comfort is key Natural fibers preferred No passing fads, no one hit wonders However, I feel like I’ve always been a bit too casual about sticking to them. I’ve spent so many years trying to build my ideal wardrobe, preaching about downsizing and decluttering and shopping smarter on the blog… while feeling I only did a mediocre job of it. From now on, however, I am newly determined to do much, much better! I’ve already started implementing a few changes, and am …

Decluttering is easy, it’s ideal wardrobe building that is hard

I’m trying to build my ideal wardrobe. Yes, I have been trying for a while. It’s an on-going journey. On and on it goes… In my mind, what I want is clear: I want my wardrobe to consist of solely things I love! Clothes that are special and unique, that fit me, my style and my lifestyle perfectly, and that are comfortable as well as practical as well! The problem, however, is that besides those things I truly love, I’ve a bunch of super simple, super boring stuff in my wardrobe too. They’re neither in any way exciting nor do I particularly love them so. It’s just that, one way or the other, I need them. To turn an otherwise risqué look around, or simply make an outfit more practical… Just now, I decluttered my wardrobe a g a i n. Yes, I feel like saying this every other month. But this time, even items I was on the fence with landed in the bin, and my wardrobe now has shrunken considerably. Which is great! …

How I shop

Wearing Jacquemus longsleeve, ASOS jeans and Whyred loafers. I’m an almost exclusively online shopper. I often even order our groceries online. I use free shipping, free returns, 10% off for newsletter subscriptions, even price comparison sites — all that jazz! Probably 90% of my overall time on the internet I’m window browsing shops. That’s just a rough guesstimate. But even if it was way off the mark, most of the other remaining xx% I’m looking at fashion, too! So if nothing else, I’m fairly knowledgable concerning what’s out there clothing- and style-wise at any given time. I check the ASOS new in-section, sometimes multiple times, daily. Doesn’t mean I’ll buy anything. I’m just looking. But like, all the time. When anything catches my eye I try to not act on impulse. I’ll bookmark or favorite, and sleep on it, instead. Might be I’ll buy it the next day, next week, next month, or might be I won’t. Drawing out the process helps me decide whether I truly want that damn thing or not. Another rule …

My style right now is: frumpy

I’m wearing a H&M cardigan, ASOS jeans and Reebok shoes. I really like all of these because they’re immensely versatile: I can wear the cardigan open or bound in very different styles (you’ll see). The wide-leg jeans end at this super awkward, funny length, so it looks really frumpy and grandpa-ish, which is fun, but when I roll them up they turn into the perfect denim culottes. And the shoes, I’ve already written about them before here.

How to keep warm: Helpful things I’ve learned by dressing baby for winter

Knowing what I know now, it’s difficult to not love wool! For a long time, I was too preoccupied with style to care much about the practical aspects of what I wear. Nephritis? Come get me! Icy, cold winds? I’m one with nature in my much too light coat. But with baby, oh, with baby it’s a different matter! I invest more in the individual pieces of his wardrobe than even mine, and he wears more luxurious materials than either my husband or I together. I will actually stop to wonder if this will keep him warm or the rain off his back effectively. For me, I just awkwardly hold an umbrella over my head and hope for the best. But I’m starting to incorporate what I’ve learned about winter dressing for baby, into winter dressing myself. Wool Wool is an excellent winter material – no surprises here. But did you know why? It’s breathable, and importantly, wicks perspiration and moisture away from skin and onto the material’s surface, while keeping warm and toasty underneath …

Mango selection: White shirts + a navy one

Click on pictures for link! ↑ White oversized blouse with elbow cut-outs ↑ I like the shape of the sleeves, but it’s difficult to keep them looking this crisp and good after being stuffed inside your coat sleeves in the autumn/winter. Also, the cotton material would require ironing for looking its best, and I don’t really have time for that. ↑ 100% modal white frill accent blouse ↑ ↑ White eyelet blouse – also available and nice in black ↑ ↑ Simple white elongated silk shirt ↑ Not really an option for me personally, though. Too simple/boring. ↑ 100 % viscose navy/gold dotted blouse with balloon sleeves ↑ The last one is probably my favorite. Balloon sleeves, like the sculptural sleeves of option #1, can be tricky to take care of – and are occasionally difficult to stuff into coat sleeves at all! But not so with viscose. The material would also make this comfortable enough to wear when it’s hot(ter), too! My second choice would be the eyelet blouse. Very romantic, but versatile and easily combinable. Which is …

My favorite thing to wear at home at the moment…

… are these asymmetrical hem knit culottes from Zara. Soft, just the right amount of flowing, and so comfortable yet chic! The waistband too is soft and firm yet elastic enough so it doesn’t cut into my mid-section. I don’t usually wear them outside, but the point is that I could! And you know how I feel about at-home-wear that easily doubles as going-out-wear! Well, move aside, my formerly favorite COS merino knit culottes – which unfortunately shrank in the wash a while ago anyway, meh! I have these in all three color-ways, and am happy about each of them! Oh, and extra tip: Zara Home homewear slippers! They always have a few very cute options to choose from. Myself, I have a pair from two years ago and still love them to bits.

I’m stuck in a massive style rut, but plan to get out of it right now!

I’m in a massive style rut. I basically hate all my clothes, and how they look on me. Also, I lost a lot of weight a while ago, then re-gained some, and now I seem to be somewhere in the middle. My old bottoms do not fit so well any longer, but really a size smaller I am neither. Doesn’t matter, though. I have no idea what I want to wear or shop in general. Not only do I look boring in everything, but everything also looks just off on me. So it’s true, motherhood changes how you dress – not only in terms of style, but the technicalities surrounding it as well. I had no idea this would be so until now, but when I happened to read this post it was basically about me:  “Somehow, caught up in the whirlwind of early motherhood, I started thinking of getting dressed as a chore and that spending any time on my appearance was precious time wasted.”   So here’s my plan. 1 Moodboarding I’ve actually been trying to …