I love my hairdresser; I will call her M. It took me many years, but I finally found someone who I feel comfortable with and who I trust completely with my hair. But this post isn’t about hair, though I have been mulling a hair post for a while. This post is about clothes.
I intensely dislike shopping for clothes, and I am also terrible at it. I never have enough time or inclination to shop endlessly, and I think this is what it takes to put together a decent wardrobe. You see, I never feel like I have a well put-together set of clothes. I have certain pieces that I like, but I have never managed to gather a set of mix and match items that you can dress up or dress down as the need may be. I don’t need to be too dressy at work most days, but I like to have a simple yet classic look. It seems so hard to find.
My hairdresser, M, always looks fabulous. She is a good shopper and it shows. We were talking about clothes at a recent appointment, and she sat down with me while my hair was re-discovering its original colour. She helped me put together a list of basics that I could shop for, and she also listed out the types of clothes by the stores that I should start with.
Starting at Banana Republic:
Start with a white shirt: At a recent sale weekend, I picked up a boyfriend white shirt. I like it, but now I think it may be too casual. It looks nice with dressy jeans, but maybe not under a suit or with dress pants….hmm.
Skirt and skirt suit: I didn’t find anything at BR the weekend that I went, but things were a mess there because there was a big weekend sale on. I will try to go back to the Rideau Centre location (I was at Bayshore), where I think they cater to the work crowd just a bit more. For tops, I did find a nice mauve tank at BR that looks nice under a black sweater.
Moving on to Mexx:
I found a light weight grey suit with pants at Mexx which was $100 off. Sold. There was also a skirt option, but the skirt didn’t really fit me properly. Now I just need to find a blouse to wear with it. Maybe back to Banana to get one of their tailored shirts?
I also found this very cool red/purple drapey sweater that I just love. It also came in grey and black and I would have loved to get all three, but the style is so distinctive that I thought it would look like I was always wearing the same sweater. This sweater is dressy enough that it could replace a suit if worn with a nice blouse and dress pants.
I haven’t been yet, but M thought this would be a good place to find a versatile sundress as well as some dressy capris, and maybe some tops.
Green Tree Eco Fashions in Westboro was her first choice for jeans, with Reitman’s being another option. I went into Green Tree a couple of weeks ago and just loved it there. The owner is very adept at picking out things that would suit your size and shape, and she was busy that day helping a number of us all at the same time. She only currently carries skinny jeans, which was not a style that I would have ever considered for myself, but these stretchy yoga skinny jeans were so incredibly comfortable, that she managed to convince me to buy them. Plus then I had to buy the tunic style shirt that these jeans were just crying out for. I chose a casual berry coloured tunic, but when I wore this combo to work one Friday, I actually felt a bit uncomfortable. I love the outfit, but I think it may be more for the barbecue set rather than the work set.
At Green Tree I also picked out a sweet navy skirt with light blue flowers. There was nothing really in the store to wear it with, so now I have to find something cute and white. Suggestions?
I did go into Reitman’s too for jeans, but the styles there weren’t quite working for me. I also tried Joe jeans at the Superstore, but they didn’t have my size that day, and I also tried every style that they have at The Gap with no luck. I would still like a pair of dark and dressy boot cut jeans that would wear to work a bit better than these oh so comfy yoga jeans that I just happen to be wearing as I type this.
Lastly, shoes. M recommended I pick up some new black summer sandals at Glebe Trotters. She isn’t the first person to mention this store to me and so I think I will have to go pay it a visit.
This of course does not all come cheap. I find the expense of clothing for a family of four to be incredibly high, and often I just don’t buy much for myself because of the cost. But I do feel clothes are important to make you feel good about yourself. I have gone back and forth about whether it is better to buy fewer higher quality items, or whether to get more reasonably priced clothes that never seem to wear well for long. I still struggle with which is better. I think if I shopped more frequently, I could find the discounted things that end up lasting, but when I only go once or twice a year, and I get tired and cranky after three stores, I tend to think I should spend a bit more and get something great.
Well look at me, I thought this would be a very short post. I never thought I would write this much about clothes. And I haven’t even started on accessories, which is a good thing because after all of that clothes shopping, there is no way my head can handle trying to figure out those things too.
I would love to hear your best shopping tips.