**Please don’t mind the few random dog hairs (pictured). I have two cream frenchies. De-furring is an uphill battle that’s rarely won.
So today has been a pretty gloomy, overcast day. Luckily for me, I’d just received this classic Forever 21 trench coat over the weekend, and it was just what I needed to run some not-so-fun errands today. While I was hesitant about how the coat would fit in real life, I couldn’t be more pleased with it.
I had originally ordered it because I felt like my new Burberry Gauden slip-ons that I purchased on mad sale after Christmas really needed to hang out with a trench coat; and while I would have loved nothing more than to purchase a fabulous Burberry trench to match my slip-ons, my newly unemployed butt can no longer afford to splurge on such luxuries at will. While this realization is slightly depressing, I’m looking at it as an opportunity to get creative with my existing wardrobe, and also to find the best deals out there to keep things fresh.
I’ve always liked to mix high end luxury brands with trendy, but less expensive pieces. Mostly because I am the worst about ordering stuff and then quickly forget it’s hanging in my closet….even high end pieces; but also because I typically only wear things once or twice, and then they eventually go to Goodwill, or get passed on to my mom and sister. So it doesn’t make as much financial sense for me to invest in super high end shirts, or other clothing pieces very often.
Bags are another story though, as I will carry the same bag for months, switch it out for a season, and then reintroduce it again and again, which is why I don’t mind investing in a luxury brand hang bag. The same goes for high end shoes; but at the same time, I absolutely love a great Target or H&M find. I truly don’t believe one needs to wear luxury brands in order to look like a million bucks. Fashion is more about attitude, creativity, and wearing what makes us feel best. Whether that means standing out of the crowd, or dressing more conservatively with well-fitting and smartly coordinated pieces. Fashion is so subjective, so I always aim to feel good in whatever I’m wearing. I know that’s a very basic, unprofound guideline, but I believe it’s the most important.
Anyhoo….speaking of great finds, when I ordered my trench coat, naturally I had to add a few more items to my shopping bag in order to save a few bucks with free shipping (makes sense, right?;)). It never really occurred to me to look to F21 for athletic or athleisure wear, but I somehow landed on this category on the F21 website and I found this heather grey cowl neck pullover (reminds me of Lululemon), and these adorable joggers. They had tons of other cute pieces I desperately wanted to add to my bag, but alas….the whole unemployment/budget thing. 🙁 I’m totally thrilled with everything I ordered though, so it looks like I might be frequenting the ol’ F21 website more often these days for some age appropriate finds.
Oh…to actually be 21 again. **sigh**