During my shopping ban earlier this year, I had time to assess what was really missing in my wardrobe. It became evident that I needed a few tops / blouses.
My requirements for new blouses were:
- Can be paired with both jeans and skirts.
- Need them to have short or 3/4th sleeves. ( I am not a big fan of sleeveless)
- Should be airy, light and well-suited for Arizona weather.
- No deep V necks.
- Silk if preferable.
Of course, the other biggest requirement was that they were within my budget. I did not want to spend a ton of money.
Two out of these three tops are second hand and 100% silk (YAY!!!!). I bought them on Poshmark. This is the year that I have been exploring and learning how to shop better on the pre-owned market.
On the topic of second hand, I am loving Poshmark! The collection available is much smaller when compared to Ebay. But, I also love that there are more independent sellers who are just trying to sell their own clothes. For most sellers on Poshmark, the common reason for selling seems to be lifestyle or sizing changes.
I spent less than $100 for the three tops put together (One new, on discount. Two second hand). Both the pre-owned tops are in almost ‘mint’ condition.
I wasn’t looking to buy prints. It just happened. All three go very well with blue and gray jeans. With the advent of norm-core, Celine (still love it), minimalist dressing, prints got a bad reputation for a while. I remember reading a style post that suggested to avoid prints if one wanted to look ‘expensive’. By expensive, I think the writer meant to say sophisticated or under-stated? I really don’t know if this is true. I look forward to hearing what you think about this.
I love navy and black a lot. But, my love for plain, neutral clothes doesn’t clash with my interest to wear a couple of prints and colors in moderation. For me, having a small wardrobe doesn’t automatically mean that it should be devoid of colors or prints. Maybe, my own ethnicity (Indian), makes me more comfortable with print? I also don’t mind when people at work recognize the dress or blouse I wore last week. My clothes need not be plain or ambiguous all the time. I repeat my outfits a lot, almost to the point of having a schedule.
Question 1: How often do you repeat your clothes? Are you comfortable repeating outfits every week? Does it bother you in your work environment?
Question 2: Do you like prints or avoid them in general? Do you think prints can look sophisticated? I would love to know more about your style preferences.