This week I have the awesome opportunity to have my beautiful friend, Cheryl as a guest blogger on Fashion Friday. Cheryl has an amazing style and definitely doesn’t mind spending more money on her clothes. I like to live vicariously through her Anthropologie purchases. 😉 She has a totally different approach to shopping than me, but her outfits are always adorable.
Don’t forget to leave her some comment love and thank her for sharing her advice.
Hi. My name is Cheryl and I get to fill in for Rena this week.
In many ways, I am the complete opposite of Rena. Shopping is not my favorite pastime. I do not find extra joy from getting an item at a crazy discount…but I love fashion, and like Rena, it took me a while to develop my own sense of style. I have now embraced my own way of enhancing my wardrobe.
Rena (and several other of our friends) enhance their wardrobe by searching for treasures. They hunt high and low for items that they like and that are inexpensive. Sometimes I forget that this is how they shop and I make the poor decision of joining them on their hunt thinking it will be a fun time.
It is not fun for me.
They spend hours looking through items that range from mediocre to hideous in order to find one or two gems that they can incorporate into their wardrobe. They rejoice in the fact that they have found a couple of things after hours and hours of hunting.
I do not like the search. I don’t want to hunt. I want to walk into a store and be presented with all my options so I can skim over those things that I am not interested in and focus all my time and attention on things that are pretty. I also do not want to wade through mediocrity to find something I like. I want to be surrounded by things that are beautiful and chose those items that are my very favorite.
This is one reason I love Anthropologie. It’s like walking into art, sometimes literally. It’s not a shopping trip, it’s an aesthetic experience. It makes me want to spend all my money. But I can’t spend all kinds of money so I sacrifice quantity for quality. Granted I usually choose things that are on sale, but I certainly do not get the deals that Rena finds.
In order to manage having more a more expensive wardrobe on a non-expensive budget. Here are my tricks…
- Spread out shopping trips. If I don’t see it, I don’t know how much I want it.
- Choose items that you really love. If its just okay, you probably don’t need to spend $60 on it.
- Choose items that you can wear for a long time. The things I spend money on I wear for years and years and I still get compliments on them.
- Don’t forget that its okay to buy more expensive items. You just have to buy less of them, especially if you don’t have enough money to buy new things every week.
Cheryl, You are my kindred spirit. It’s no wonder Rena loves us both so much 🙂
I don’t know anyone bigger than me… So no hope of hand-me-downs:(
Btw love the blog. I also don’t enjoy hunting since the regular rack provides enough challenge for fit!
Loved it, Cheryl!
I think you may have found your second career! Great “fillin”