Let’s NOT talk about Black Friday this year, okay? This year I am going to eschew my usual doom and gloom about the state of our world that Black Friday always engenders. And instead I’m going to count my blessings. Or at least admire and be thankful for my blessings, otherwise known as what’s in my closet. Ha. We may laugh, my friends, but when one is trying to ignore exhortations to shop the myriad of Black Friday sales, closet musings are de rigueur, I think.
Obviously, I’m not against shopping. Nor am I averse to getting a good deal when I do shop. But in the face of the deluge of Black Friday marketing emails I feel the need to remind myself of what I already own, how much I’ve purchased recently, and how much I love what’s already in my closet. Thereby holding onto my fashion values and sticking to my plan to shop consciously. Except for the odd splurge, that is.
Lately I’ve been enjoying the green Max Mara coat I bought recently on a trip to Montreal. That was an impulse buy, I’m afraid. An impulse splurge, I should say. But I love it. I’ve worn it a few times lately. To two book club meetings: styled with a black turtleneck and black cargo pants to one meeting, and with my navy turtleneck, navy dress pants, and white sneakers to the other. You saw both of these outfits in my last fashion post.
And the other day, for running errands in our village, I wore the coat with my new navy COS turtleneck, and my striped COS sweater. Someone had suggested this combination in a comment, so I gave it a try and loved the look.
But, you know, I had to try on pretty much every pair of jeans I owned before I found a combination I liked. Was it possible, I mused, that I didn’t own a pair of jeans that would work with this outfit? Surprisingly I settled on these old AG skinny jeans tucked into my tall black boots. I thought I was done with skinny jeans. Turns out I’m not. Especially when paired with an oversized sweater and a loose coat.
Then for a breakfast meet-up at a local restaurant with my former colleagues, I wore the outfit below. I was really pleased with this combination. My skinny jeans again. Yep. Here I was swearing off skinny jeans and now I’ve worn them twice in one week. Anyway. I paired the skinny jeans with my new COS turtleneck, a navy scarf that I bought years ago, my new socks from Simons, and my black Stuart Weitzman ankle boots. The navy and green are so good together.
And because the turtleneck is form-fitting, and so are the jeans, I pulled on my Vince navy v-neck sweater. The sweater is loose and works with the tighter turtleneck and jeans. You can’t see the sweater in my photos here, but you can get a good look at it in this post. I worried that all that navy was too much, but the turtleneck is a lighter shade similar to the jeans, while the Vince sweater is very dark navy, much like my scarf. I thought that the different shades together worked, and made the outfit look more interesting.
You can see the earrings I bought at COS in Montreal below. They have a stripe of green inside the hoop that you don’t notice at first. I love that teeny, tiny pop of bright colour with the navy.
And just to prove that I haven’t completely abandoned my old coats for my new one, here is the outfit I wore to lunch with a friend last week. My Max Mara pink tweed coat from 2016. My old burgundy, boot-cut jeans from NYDJ. A long, burgundy mock-turtleneck from Akris that I finally found in 2017 after mucho looking and looking. And this slouchy burgundy Marc Jacobs bag.
What’s with me and one colour these days? I seem to be into “tonal dressing.” I like that term tonal dressing. It makes my decision to wear a lot of one colour sound more interesting and less boring.
To lighten the all-burgundy look I wore my white Veja sneakers, silver hoop earrings, and a small silver vintage brooch on my collar. I realize that the young fashionistas who wear vintage brooches like to wear several in a cluster. And I’ve tried that. But you know, it just isn’t me. It feels too contrived to me. Or at least on me.
And speaking of closet musings, thinking about what I own, how much I love what I own, and how much I don’t need to shop, let’s talk about jeans, shall we? My quest the other day to find the best pair of jeans to go with my striped sweater and Max Mara coat had me musing that maybe I needed a new pair of jeans. I tried my Frame boot-cut and the Frame straight-leg with the unfinished hem, below. No and no.
I moved on to my Levi’s, the men’s 511 jeans and my newest pair of loose-fit dad jeans, below. Nothing seemed right. Too short, wrong shape, wrong colour with the coat. Everything I tried seemed too… something. Except my old, dark-wash skinny jeans. Which I had thankfully hung onto even though I had to rummage a bit to find them.
Don’t get me wrong. All these jeans still fit me. I still like them, most of the time. Even if I go through phases where I love one style more than the others. It kind of niggles me, though, that I can’t find a looser pair of jeans that are the perfect length. I’ve been turning the dad jeans up to make them look cropped because I’ve found that worn full length they are just that bit too short with my sneakers or boots. Sadly I was wearing my Birkenstock sandals when I bought them and they looked great. Rolling them at least makes them look intentionally short to show off my socks, which is better than awkwardly too short.
I fear I may be on the cusp of persuading myself that I need a new pair of jeans. And, oh gad, I know how frustrating and soul-destroying the search for perfect jeans can be. If you’ll pardon the hyperbole.
Anyway. I know my closet musings are beginning to sound like whining. Writing this post has helped. I was forced to search out photos of outfits to show each of my numerous pairs of jeans. And in doing so, I began to wonder why I haven’t been wearing some of the outfits depicted. I mean, why have I not been wearing that camel blazer with my boot-cut jeans, my Paul Green ankle boots, and that green and pink scarf I bought at Chatsworth in 2017? I could swap the blazer for the green suede jacket and wear it all under my new green coat. Why have I not considered that? Green on green on green… might look great.
Anyway. That’s enough closet musings for today. Thinking of what I own and what I’m excited to wear makes me stop wondering if I should take advantage of the Black Friday sales. I do not need clothes. Especially since I have made several purchases this fall. When I survey what’s in my closet, count my blessings so to speak, I’m thankful for what I have. And all I need to do is start wearing what I own, instead of thinking of what I don’t own. Most of us could benefit from doing more of the former and less of the latter, don’t you think?
Having said that, if I had a niche that needed filling in my closet, if I had done my homework and knew what I wanted, I’d not be averse to taking advantage of the Black Friday sales. And I may still do so. Not for myself, but as gifts for my family for Christmas. But I’m still thinking. Trying to NOT be affected by the hype. And all the palaver to shop before it’s too late. I hate that.
I mean, I really hate that.
In fact, the whole idea of Black Friday usually brings on a rant about shopping hysteria, bargain chasing, and the lengths people will go to save money while spending money on things they probably don’t actually need but have suddenly developed a desire for because of skilful marketing and the dastardly phenomena now known as “fear of missing out.” FOMO. I saw that acronym on someone’s IG post a while ago and had to look it up. I’m always behind on my acronyms.
Last year in my Black Friday post I commented that Black Friday 2021 seemed “just a blip on the radar.” If only to me and my friends. However, even consumer prognosticators seemed to think that the pandemic had wrought a change in consumer buying habits. At least in 2021. Although they did not hold out much hope that the newly-converted responsible consumers would stay converted.
This year, though, experts say that high inflation rates have put paid to the frenzied spending of years gone by. As a result of inflation, shoppers will still be looking for bargains to make their money go further, but they’ll be shopping more carefully. And because the sales started early and the deals last longer (Black Fri-day becoming Black Friday week) shoppers this year face fewer lineups and much smaller crowds, here in Canada, anyway. So perhaps the old-school Black Friday frenzy is history?
Some experts even went so far as to say that this year FOMO isn’t as strong as in the past. Hmm… I’m not sure I buy that one. Pun intended. Ha.
There. I said I wasn’t going to talk about Black Friday, and I ended up talking about Black Friday. Ah well, at least I kept the ranting to a minimum.
What are you musing about this Black Friday week, my friends?
P.S. Here are some links to pieces I’ve shown or talked about in my post. Or as close as I can come if the item is no longer offered. If you’ve done your homework and have a niche in your closet that needs to be filled, you might find them useful. Some of the pieces are even on sale.
COS striped sweater (similar). COS turtleneck. Max Mara coat. COS earrings. AG Farrah skinny jeans. Vince cashmere sweater. Stuart Weitzman ankle boots (similar.) Simons socks. NYDJ boot-cut jeans. Frame boot-cut jeans. Frame high-rise straight. Levi’s 511 jeans. Levi’s dad jeans. Paige jean jacket. Everlane long-sleeve tee. Paul Green boots. Paul Green loafers (similar.) Veja sneakers.
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