Posted on | August 1, 2009
The media reminds us everyday that the world is in a recession and I think we have all come to realize that the problems in our economy will take some time to improve. No matter how much we understand and believe this, it doesn’t make us any less interested in fashion, trends and style. I love fashion (a real plus for my career) and this shouldn’t be too much of a surprise, I also love to always have a fresh look and wearing new styles.
I think I can fairly say, most women don’t mind new clothes. That being said most of us likely have more in our wardrobe than we could ever (do ever) wear. We have been programmed to think that the way to get a new look is to….yes, buy new things. Well I want to suggest something different. I want to suggest that maybe we should take a second look at our own wardrobes before we insist we “have nothing to wear.”
On average I find most women have at least 20 pairs of shoes, 10 belts, 5 handbags, drawers of unused accessories, hundreds of pieces of clothing and at least a few items in their closet that still have the tags on them. And if we’re honest most of us have much more than that. I have found this to be consistent regardless of income level. The difference is typically not the volume of clothing but instead the brands and quality of clothing.
Throughout this experiment my goal is to show how by using one staple piece it is possible to make endless outfit combinations. If I can wear a little black dress for 31 days certainly we can all identify those key pieces in our wardrobe and accessorize them with each other to expand our wardrobes without the need to add to what we already have.
My next goal is to illustrate that if you want to buy quality pieces, that will last, you don’t have to settle for a cheap quality item to get something at the price you desire. My wardrobe contains everything from Target to Valentino and a lot in between but I can honestly say I paid retail for less than 10% of the pieces in my wardrobe. I spend more than some people on some items and less than some on others but I focus on two things when I make a purchase. I look for the best quality for the price and I buy items Iove. For each item I wear I will tell you the story about where it was purchased, how long I have had it, if I’ve ever worn it, how much I paid and if I know I’ll tell you the approximately MSRP (manufacturer’s suggested retail price.)
Each day I will ask a question to see what your wardrobes are like and what style problems you face. Please post your responses and also be sure to send in your style suggestions. At the end of the month, one of you who submits a style tip will be selected to receive an amazing prize package, including a Valerie Shift Dress from Elli Grace, a MICHELE watch and much more.
I hope you enjoy this journey and be sure tell your friends about The Little Black Dress Experiment and encourage them to share their style insights as well.