In the beginning of September 2010, I compiled a list of five items I wanted for the fall/winter season.
- A pair of brogues or loafers
- Isabel Marant tweed/bouclé jacket
- Clutch from Balenciaga or Mulberry
- Black O-neck sweater
- An intense, inexplicable desire or an item from Isabel Marant
I revised the list once and replaced 3) Clutch from Balenciaga or Mulberry with “Hobo from Balenciaga or Marc by Marc Jacobs”. Probably the smartest move I made. Later on I realized that I no longer wanted the clutch from Balenciaga.
I purchased everything on the list; a pair of loafers, Isabel Marant ‘tweed’-like jacket, hobo from Marc by Marc Jacobs, black crew neck sweater from Acne (image) + ‘an intense, inexplicable desire’ from Acne. In addition, my mom gave me a pair of tapered trousers from Zara and another crew neck sweater from COS.
Although I adhered to my list faithfully, I haven’t succeeded, as I am not fully content with my purchases. I think the problem lies in the fact that my shopping became overly dictated by the list, as if it was a list of tasks I was obliged to solve in order to finish my homework. Admittedly, I was a better consumer last fall. If I remember correctly, I bought only three items that I still cherish today; my beloved coat from Isabel Marant, Balenciaga bag, and a shirt from Isabel Marant I bought on a whim in Paris.
Having that said, I love the loafers I bought but they are a tad too small for my feet and I have given up trying to expand the shoes.
Regarding the Isabel Marant ‘tweed’-like jacket, I love the fact that I managed to get my hands on my dream jacket, but I hate the fact that I suppose I’ll never wear it because I can’t get over the visible silver zippers. Additionally, I figured out that maroon doesn’t go with my wardrobe’s color scheme. Regardless, I am keeping the jacket to see if the color and zippers grow on me. The jacket is such a rare and stunning piece of clothing, but I think I settled for second best.
On the other hand, I am very happy with my hobo from Marc by Marc Jacobs. I wear it every day and it is practical for school. I am also very happy with my crew neck knit from Acne (image). The knit is from the S/S 2009 collection and I ordered it from Acne’s outlet. As a matter of fact, I didn’t like the knit when I received it, but eventually it grew on me.
I ended up re-selling the item that was supposed to be an intense, inexplicable desire – an asymmetric shirt from Acne that wasn’t really my style, I found out subsequently. The shirt was merely an impulse buy, which I tried to label as ‘an intense, inexplicable desire’.
Needless to say, I have learned a lot from my mistakes and I have made some shopping resolutions for 2011.