i used to be a fashion magazine hoarder. i had an entire bookcase from floor to ceiling with magazines organized by month for reference. it did come in handy when I was in fashion school, but I have no need for a bajillion old magazines now. fashion (trends/fads in particular) is so funny- the fact that something that seemed so fresh and new one season will look so stale and dated the next year. i think it is a testament to one's personal style when you can look back seasons and years and still love and want to wear a certain look or collection. i bought a pair of pants from rick owens' spring 06 collection. only two years ago in "real time" but in fashion-years it's seems like many more. looking at that collection i would wear a great deal of it right now, the same with other older collections from some of my favorite designers. i guess what i am trying to say is that i think i have been able to confirm/define my personal style in a way that (hopefully) i can make less mistakes when it comes to shopping.
that's not to say that experimentation and creativity will be ruled out, but impulsive purchases that coordinate with nothing else in my wardrobe will.
based on the above concept (my defined fashion identity) i have compiled a list of things that I want/need in my wardrobe, regardless of season and regardless of any trends. these things fall into two categories. the first are items that I have loved for many years and still do but have put in the back of my mind in lieu of fast and instant gratification achieved from other things. the second are items from current or future seasons that are missing in my wardrobe or that will increase the versatility of things already in my wardrobe.
I am going to try my hardest to stick to that list and stop mindlessly browsing the internet. I find when it comes to fashion what I don't know won't hurt me! I don't go window shopping in person much, but the internet is at my disposal at all times, which can be very dangerous for my wallet and for my sanity. i have no trouble admitting i am addicted. my motto will be: put the laptop down and step slowly away....
and another thing: do you ever feel over-stimulated? too much inspiration? i am getting to that point with the internet and blogs. about 6 months ago i got rid of any blog or website to do with celebrity gossip (toxic and useless information) except jezebel of course, and recently i have been trying to cut down my home-decor-related blogs a lot because it seems like the same stuff pops up on every one of them. my feed-reader is a blessing and a curse.
sorry for the rambling. i think this is the most writing i have posted in the history of my blog(s) on the internets.
so, do you think that you can or have defined your personal style? do you shop with a list or do you shop freestyle/on impulse?