Ozma cypress playsuit in raw silk (medium) | purchased last year
Eileen Fisher recycled hemp and organic cotton sweater (XXS)
Birkenstock Birko-flor arizona sandals
Marsell 4 dritta bag
Is it weird that I don’t really shop second-hand?? I am certainly not opposed to it, in fact, I think it’s the most sustainable way to shop. I just prefer it when it comes to me; I’ve never had good luck finding treasures in person. Maybe that was my ulterior motive when I started slowre LOL – to bring the second-hand shopping to me! Bwahaha!!! 🙂 I have ended up with some great pieces…
Anyway, most of the people I know who are great at thrift shopping and finding amazing secondhand pieces have done it all their lives. I grew up shopping department store sale racks with my mom, who always focused on finding Liz Claiborne petites either on sale, or not, because she knew the brand worked for her body and budget. She also made a lot of our clothes, so we didn’t shop very often as kids. As a teenager I continued to gravitate towards brands I liked (Esprit!!) at department stores mostly. I never had a lot of clothes, and remember wearing the same things often.
My father is also very brand-loyal; now most of his wardrobe is made up of Lacoste shirts and gap shorts/jeans. He and my mother both buy primarily for quality and longevity – he has had a pair of Gucci loafers forever and takes great care of them. No wonder my brand loyalty is strong, and I gravitate towards shopping the way I do.
I was just thinking about this a little recently – shopping habits. Why we shop the way we do, and gravitate towards the brands we do. I of course, am fiercely loyal to James Perse because having more than a decade’s experience with the brand, and now see myself adding in more and more Eileen Fisher. I will admit, it’s mostly because I appreciate the fabric choices and company ethics/commitment to sustainability, but I do sometimes find styles that appeal to me as well. (lately more often than not apparently!!)
You may remember I have been seeking out a lightweight crewneck pullover to wear in warmer months (This Acne Studios sweater was my HG light pullover) when I want something other than a cardigan. When I saw this recycled hemp/organic cotton piece in a recent EF newsletter I wanted to see it in person. Obviously it came home with me and I wore it all day yesterday.
I tried the XS before I settled on the XXS for me. I wanted something cropped, with a little drape, and this is perfect. And the sleeves are just the right length for my short arms. The color is sort of a green-black, which I like, because it provides some contrast with black. It’s not too warm, but warm enough to be an excellent throw-on for the grocery store, or air conditioning at restaurants. I really love it. I got it for $25 off in the store, I think that promo runs through 5/6?
I did also try on an organic linen sweater which I loved (can’t find it online right now), but I had to choose one and chose this one. I was hopeful that the sleeves on this one wouldn’t stretch out as much as woven linen does, which is a big reason I ended up with this one – I HATE it when sleeves stretch out so much from being pushed up.
How were your shopping habits formed? How did you grow up shopping with your parents? Or did you consciously create your shopping habits yourself?