As I put the photos for this post together, I realised everything I was wearing was new (to me. You know I love that thrift life) and that I hadn’t bought any of it with any of the rest of it in mind. I just went on four separate jaunts and came up with four things I loved, then wore them. And frankly, all of them are a bit “extra” in their own special ways. So, I thought I’d dedicate this blog post to the thought process that led to these four items.
The pants - Savemart
I do not need to buy new jeans. The drawer I keep my jeans in is full. But maybe I will just look at the jeans with my eyes and not my hands. [Ed note: lies to myself don’t count as real lies, right?]
Oooh, look at these shiny jeans. They’re so weird and beautiful. They must be from le 80s, and I just read that Vogue editorial with all the 80s inspo and I’m feeling it, like, at a spiritual level. They probably won’t fit. I’ll just put them in my cart and see. What’s the point of buying second hand stuff if you don’t stretch yourself to gold painted, high waisted, objectively unusual pants?
Huh. Turns out they do fit. Also I love them. I gotta buy them, so I guess I’m throwing down $10.99 for a pair of jeans I definitely do not have a space for. [Ed note: I ruthlessly culled another pair in order to make the drawer close].
The shoes – David Jones
Midseason sale, you say. Maybe you have the long sleeve tshirt of my dreams [Ed note: I’m sorry, but this is my current fashion obsession]. No, you do not. Also, this sale is pretty uninspiring. I like those Seed scarves though. Meh, I bought some great scarves last year, I think I’m good.
I will just walk through the shoe department and look at the fancy designer shoes. Maybe I should buy a pair later this year. No, I am perfectly satisfied with my mid-range high street shoe game. Although these Louboutins are sparkly and would look great with my beaded blazer that I bought on TradeMe. Where do I think I am going in that many beads?!
Ohhhh, sweet Jesus. Are these entirely metallic gold shoes I spy? This feels like a quick win statement shoe moment. I will just try these on, and also brainstorm five outfits I could wear them with [Ed note: this is what I do when I’m buying new-new things that aren’t on the planned list, to make sure they will work and I’m not just buying random shiz]. Okay, two of those outfits featured jeans, but the one with the kilt was pretty bad ass. Sold.
The jumper – Topshop
What I want, right, is a slightly oversized, boyish jumper in a warm tone. I want to tuck it nonchalantly into the front of my jeans and pretend I am a tres chic editrix of some fabulous magazine, as opposed to a somewhat flamboyantly dressed lawyer and regulator.
Where are boy jumpers. I know, Hallensteins. But no, the website shows nothing I want. Topshop! I will go to the store, I will remain on task and buy only this jumper of dreams.
Hmmm. Maybe I will also buy this fun floral tie. Also, boys’ clothes are quite awful. Who is buying all of these hoodies?
The necklace – Savemart
I am queuing to pay for these things. I will look at the round necklace holder thing despite having never bought a necklace here. Oh sweet Jesus, this necklace is so “boardroom power broker” it makes me sick. Imagine me wearing this in my official portrait as Governor General.
Okay, I tried that on for a joke but actually it looks pretty cool. Do I need another statement necklace [Ed note: no]. Sure. Done. Look at me self-actualising my future through jewellery.
I love mixing up the stuff in my wardrobe, so I've clearly just gotten to the point where I randomly buy things I like and blend it together. However, you can see from this post that there are a few tricks:
- can you think of a few potential Looks/outfits?
- does it make you feel like the fancy future version of yourself you dream about being?
- does it resonate with something you've been thinking about lately vis a vis your style?
Then honestly, block out an hour and try on all the random concoctions you can think of. Somewhere in your wardrobe right now is a new outfit just waiting to be made!