Monogamy



hot off the topic of uniforms, i’m thinking about another form of fashion repetition: shopping. my look is a jumble and, i feel, inconsistent – i don’t see a well-defined style. anyway, is this a result of my eye or my shopping behavior, i’m not sure. one i could change, and one is just my lot.
so how do i shop? every where and anywhere. i am not loyal to any particular brands (one of the best ways to build a highly consistent wardrobe – though i suppose that depends on the brand you stick with, but in general this theory will hold true if it’s a label with a strong design identity, which then gets passed on to the customer).
there are a few stores that i like enough to think, i might attain consistency if i just stuck with a, b & c, and stopped playing the field. i like them a lot but i can’t stop my wandering eye.

could you be happy/content if you had to pick 2 stores, and only 2, to shop in for the rest of your days?

13 comments:

AllaboutNice said...

Two stores for the rest of my life, hmm, Agnes B and Hermes would keep me very happy for quite some time, lol.

Iheartfashion said...

I'm really enjoying this blog: so many great questions!
Only 2 stores? That's a tough one!
Maybe J. Crew and Marni?
Or A.P.C. and Dries?
Hmmmm...something to contemplate

editor said...

hmm, so what you're both saying is, yes, you could both be content with 2 stores, if forced.
now that leads to the interesting question of would you ever choose to do that...

allaboutnice - now i didn't say this was a sponsored restriction. lol

iheartfashion - i like your choices. sign me up. :)

Iheartfashion said...

No, I'm afraid I'm a hopeless philanderer when it comes to shopping.

GenX Theorist said...

I said on The Sartorialist once that I'd be happy to dress in Dries Van Noten alone. That's probably my ultimate statement on the subject.

But I'd sure miss Mayle if that were the case. And Jil. And my little treat-tops from Diane Von Furstenberg. And....

Shoot, this is hard.

I can get down to my Top 3 labels. More than that gets overwhelming. I'm actually not much of a shopper. Here, I pretty much shop only at three places: one that carries high-fashion, Nordstrom who carries Dries, and a lovely little boutique that has Mayle.

And I look for stuff online.

Two would be really hard though. I feel like the Dries/Jil/Mayle triad is really essential to my personal style and eliminating one would be a big deficit.

La Primavera said...

I think so. Here where I live, I would pick Nina's and 2+or by Yat.

Carlene said...

First of all, you do have a style!

Two stores: Jil Sander boutique and the Salvation Army. Seriously.

Carlene said...

Wait, aren't you going to tell us yours?

editor said...

carlene - re. my style - see my new post. :)
re. the question, lol, i think i would be relieved to be forced to be limited to 2, but at the same time, not sure i would be happy, or able to fully express myself.
i will think about it and post a few possible combinations later.

editor said...

i want to post an answer carlene, but i am conscious that my answer could change each week. if i were forced to choose under duress, apc would be one, but the other i'm less sure of. it would have to be something very different...
but ultimately, like iheartfashion, i'm not so good with the monogamy here.

fashionaddict said...

In my fantasy world, I would be pretty happy shopping at Marni and 3.1 Phillip Lim for the rest of my life, right down to accessories.

In reality, I lack the funds to do so, and am unlikely to ever make the kind of money to buy things on a regular basis from Marni. (3.1 is slightly more achievable though!)

So I guess for mass-market labels, I would get by pretty well on Country Road from Australia, and Mango from Spain. (Topshop as a back-up, if we are allowed back-ups, haha.) I consistently find things that suit me here, and the quality isn't half bad, especially at Country Road.

fashionaddict said...

On the second question of whether I would choose to do that, I would answer quite unhesitatingly NEVER.

I love flea markets too much, and I especially love finding things in unexpected places. For instance, I think Guess is hideous, but it made it all the more amusing and fun when I bought a floral print blouse there, because no one would believe it - it actually looks more Laura Ashley than anything.

So I think when it comes to shppping, one can't be too rigorous, because you're closing off your options and limiting your avenues.

fashionista-ta said...

I could do pretty well at Barney's & Nordstrom's, I think ;) I wouldn't willingly sign up for this program though ...