I attended the press preview of the Gilt Groupe Warehouse Sale tonight, and in between eating e.e. cookies and convincing myself not to purchase a pair of Rick Owens shoes in my size (college campuses are not the most fashion-friendly places -- not even Columbia), I picked up this Shipley & Halmos blazer with a fantastic sheer paneling on the side and in the back. Originally $545, it was now $125.
My friend picked up a giant faux fur coat (only $75) -- and as we stood in the dressing room with our pickings, we reminded ourselves that we were technically on self-imposed shopping bans. The two of us, having become close friends on the first day of freshman year because we liked each other's clothes, were really trying to veer away from impulse purchases this year. She, having lost an expensive new pair of Balenciaga sunglasses, and I, already running out of closet space in my dorm, were not in the best shape to be buying new clothes.
Additionally, we were exceptionally predictable in our picks. Amongst our friends, I am known for owning all sorts of tailored and structured blazers and jackets, and she is known for her beloved propensity towards fur -- unfortunately for her, even her faux fur pieces attract sneers from many of our fellow leather-wearing and meat-eating Columbia students (yes, I'm pointing fingers).
We finally decided to purchase the pieces, because we knew these were pieces that we would wear a lot. $125 for a statement blazer isn't so shabby when you wear blazers all the time, and $75 for a fur coat is a good deal when you wore a fur coat to the sale in the first place.
Is it wrong to know what you like and to stick with it? We think not. At the end of the night, we considered ourselves lucky in knowing what works with our style and finding pieces that fit into the formula. I wear my blazers frequently, much more than I wear any cardigans or t-shirts, and she later discovered tonight that her new fur coat was the warmest coat she has ever owned.
Experimentation should be encouraged, but there is a simple joy in realizing what your style is. I would like to think of it as a step toward growing up. Also, it was cute that we understood each other's preferences.