As I recently evaluated my wardrobe, I realized I really don’t need one more article of clothing, in fact, the thought of shopping seems a bit gluttonous at the moment. Nonetheless, with every new season comes the urge to purchase the seasons “must-haves.” I’ve challenged myself to resist the temptation and restyle the pieces I have, whether “in” or “out” by fashion industry standards, and actually wear those pieces with tags still attached after months…now that’s a novel idea. This is not to say I will abstain from shopping completely, however, I will be much more discriminating when I do.
So here’s today’s ensemble:
I typically wear these Marc Jacobs skinny jeans with an over-sized top and Tom’s shoes. I restyled them to reflect a more urban chic vibe, and this is the outcome.
- The blazer ($89.90) was a Christmas gift from Zara, given to me by my very stylish brother, the tags are still intact, it’s definitely due for donning soon
- I appreciate bold statement accessories, hence, the necklace ($50 on sale from $100) purchased in Chicago from, Selections, managed by one of the city’s most talented stylist’s, Konah Hatcher. If you ever venture to Chicago, a visit to this lovely boutique located in the heart of Lincoln Park, will prove to be a welcome treat.
- The tee is American Apparel (free) given to me by one of the production companies I work
- This leather eggplant handbag ($5.99) is a treasure I found at Goodwill eight years ago
I purchased these Marc Jacobs jeans 4 years ago from Loehmann’s at an incredible price. They started off at $158 marked down to $99, there was an additional 50% off for an allotted period of time on clearance, and because the zipper was broken I received an additional 50% off reducing my total to $25 plus tax. I have worn these jeans more times than I could ever count, they are super comfortable with the feel of a second skin, and the zipper was an easy fix for my tailor.
These Elizabeth & James booties were a Christmas gift from my Dad, which I also have yet to wear. They were purchased from My Habit for $100 marked down from $300. This bootie looks great on, with a slightly distressed look, and I like the detail of the hidden platform, however, I don’t understand how anyone would have spent $300 on them. Although they are leather uppers and soles, the quality of the leather is not the best, I prefer Elizabeth & James clothing, many of the shoe styles I’ve seen lack the quality you’d expect to see given the price point. $100 is the most they should ever have been priced, to begin with, in my humble opinion… the true test will be how well they hold up once I begin wearing them.
This entire ensemble cost $271.89, the cost at full retail value would have been $677.90