Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Splurge or Save?

Today one of my work assignments was to go to Anthropologie and do a little inspiration shopping (yes, my job is kind of amazing). It was nice being able to stand in line there with a pile of clothes in my arms and not have a panic attack about how much I was about to spend…oh, the perks of shopping with someone else’s credit card. While I was there, I may have done a little extra research for myself. I have been wanting to buy a utility jacket for fall, but I was looking for one with a little bit more of a feminine take on the trend. And I think I've found it.

Anthropologie Lift Off Jacket

The flower adds a lovely girly touch, but its also removable if you want to toughen it up a bit. I also like how it has the cinched tie waist to add a little bit more shape to the jacket. Its more than I would normally ever spend on one clothing item, but I have been giving a lot of thought lately to quality vs. quantity. This blog has made me realize how many items I have from Forever 21 and H&M that are really just disposable fashion. It has also helped me realize that a lot of the items in my closet are solids or other "basics", and it might just be time to spice things up a bit. The more I think about it, I should be investing in things I absolutely love that will make me happy every time I put them on, not just buying things because they are inexpensive or a "necessity". I think my 30 day shopping ban that starts August 9th (the day I start the 30 for 30 challenge after I get back from New York) will be a good opportunity to mull this idea over and really figure out what kinds of things I should be buying. In the meantime, what should I do about this jacket? Technically its within the budget I have set out for myself for my time here in NYC, but it would mean I probably can't buy anything else until September. Should I risk it and wait and see if it goes on sale? Oh Anthropologie, how you tempt me...


Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness...that jacket is adorable...I love would look so good on's you Kate!!

elizabethashleyphoto said...

Oooh, that's a toughie. That jacket is sooo cute!

I did a quick ebay scan (I never buy anything anymore without checking ebay first...I'm a tad addicted), and I found this cute jacket that has a cinched waist. You could always find a flower pin just about anywhere (including ebay) to add to it.

Maybe this isn't (or is??) the perfect example, but you could probably find something comparable and add a flower pin. I didn't have time to browse all search results for 'anthropologie jacket', but there's plenty out there to choose from!

elizabethashleyphoto said...

I also found this one. Super cute and you could do the flower pin.