I Shop Therefore I Am (Helping The Economy)

September 13, 2009 • Magazine

I Shop Therefore I Am (Helping The Economy)

I Shop Therefore I Am (Helping The Economy)

Sun, 2009-09-13 13:00

Gabbie Perez

This is a call to action for the sake of fashion. We all know we should be saving during this economic hard time; but without your dollars, the entire fashion industry suffers. I’m certainly no economist, but it is obvious that in order for the fashion industry to survive, consumers need to spend. Now get out there and shop (but please indulge responsibly)!

Shop Out Of Season
We’re all looking towards fall with the start of international fashion weeks and summer fashion officially ending with Labor Day. But instead of thinking ahead to your fall wardrobe, take advantage of the great end of summer sales. True, these purchases will sit in your closet for a year but think about how much you can save!

Shop The Classics
Stick to the 70/30 rule: 70 percent of your wardrobe should be classic styles and 30 percent should be seasonal trends. Trends are as fickle as Chicago weather, and you want to make sure you’re spending your hard earned dollars on something you can wear for more than a season. Your closet staples should include white button-down shirts, pencil skirts, ballet flats and layering sweaters.

Think Versatility
Look for items that you can wear several different ways. If you find a shirt that you just love, try to create different looks with it. Can you pair it with a scarf or under a jacket? Can it be worn with both skirts and pants? Items that are versatile from one look to another will give you the most for your dollar.

Out Of Season
1. Rachela Pally Hera Dress $156.80 (on sale!)
2. Thakoon Full Skirts $208.50 (on sale!)
3. Lisa Corran Twisted One Piece $92.50 (on sale!)

4. Repetto Point Toe Ballet Flat $24
5. DKNY Wool-Blend Pencil Skirt $225
6. Striped Crewneck Sweater $39.50

7. Free People Christine Crinkle Dress $128
8. Crushed Petiole Blouse $198
9. Great by Sandie Orbaz Bag $392

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